REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Nuveen | May 06, 2022
Nuveen Real Estate, Taconic Partners and North American Properties have acquired Ridge Hill for $220 million, a mixed-use lifestyle center in Yonkers, NY, with the intention of rebranding and transforming the 74-acre property into the preeminent outdoor lifestyle center serving the northern New York City metropolitan area.
Renovation plans for the 1.2 million square foot complex are still in development, but the partners will look to incorporate state-of-the-art initiatives that enhance Ridge Hill's public spaces, street design and parking amenities. They will also draw on their combined network of retailers to attract top-tier local and NYC inspired food and beverage concepts, and national luxury apparel and boutique fitness providers, building on Ridge Hill's existing experiential features to create the leading lifestyle center in the tri-state region.
We see this as an attractively priced asset in an evolving sector that fits within our well-diversified New York property focused real estate fund. The acquisition of Ridge Hill reflects a generational opportunity to re-position an already dominant lifestyle center that sits in the heart of one of the country's most affluent and densely populated regions."
Nadir Settles, Managing Director at Nuveen and Head of the New York Property Fund
"This unique retail asset will be a great addition to our Fund and we look forward to being a part of its successful redevelopment," said Chris Balestra, President and Chief Investment Officer at Taconic Partners.
Lifestyle Centers Generating Strong Foot Traffic, Superior Rental Revenues
As the retail economy continues to re-open, lifestyle centers may be one of today's most undervalued retail asset classes. Conceived as a modern-day interpretation of the shopping mall, lifestyle centers are characterized by outdoor settings and multiple uses, including office, multi-housing and hospitality in addition to upscale, national-chains and specialty retail. Research has shown the top 20 lifestyle centers in the highest population U.S. markets reported nearly 8.1 million visits in August 2021, compared with 1.3 million visits in April 2020. During 2021's second quarter, lifestyle centers drew 46 percent higher rents than regional malls and 11.5 percent higher rents than super regional malls.1
Developed in 2011, Ridge Hill features a wide variety of local and national retailers, including Apple, Banana Republic, Sephora, H&M, The Container Store, and Uniqlo. The center is also home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center; a 12-screen National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux; Whole Foods; LA Fitness, and several full-service restaurants. Ridge Hill is located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, making it easily accessible to all residents and visitors from Westchester and Putnam counties and the New York City metropolitan area.
As a part of the partnership, North American Properties (NAP) will begin operations and repositioning of the property in May 2022. NAP is a boutique, full-service real estate owner/developer notable for projects such as Avalon in Alpharetta, GA; Birkdale Village in Charlotte, NC; Colony Square in Atlanta, GA; and, Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY. The partnership between Nuveen and NAP continues to grow, with Ridge Hill representing their third project together. The partners recently acquired the open-air lifestyle center The Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners, GA.
"Over the last decade, Ridge Hill has become a core component of the Yonkers community and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to enhance it by applying our high-touch, hospitality-driven approach toward management. We coined the term ExperienceMakers for our team years ago because making an impact on the lives of every guest we serve is in our DNA, and we can't wait to introduce ourselves to the market," said Tim Perry, Managing Partner at NAP. "We've already started working to enhance the public realm, bring technology forward in the guest and parking experience, as well as longer term unlocking the full development potential of the site. Helping to design and define this will require community engagement to determine what's missing, from a retail, as well as experiential, perspective."
Nuveen Real Estate and Taconic Partners have collaborated since 2015, collectively investing more than $2 billion across over 2 million square feet in New York. The partners completed a $260 million fundraising round for their jointly sponsored value-add New York City Property Fund II in 2021. The acquisition of Ridge Hill reflects the partnership's first investment into value-add retail and an opportunity to diversify beyond its existing life science, office and industrial holdings. Together, Taconic Partners and Nuveen Real Estate will continue to capitalize on unique opportunities to reposition underutilized assets or build best-in-class products for the future.
About Nuveen Real Estate
Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $152 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 85 years of real estate investing experience and more than 725 employees located across 30 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise.
About Taconic Partners
Since 1997, Taconic Partners has acquired, redeveloped and repositioned over 12 million square feet of commercial office and mixed-use space, as well as over 6,500 units of luxury and workforce housing. As a fully integrated real estate company with a keen eye for uncovering value, its diverse capabilities are evidenced by its multifaceted success with luxury properties, as well as adaptive reuse and urban revitalization projects. In New York City, Taconic is currently developing 619 West 54th Street—the Hudson Research Center, 125 West End Avenue, 817 Broadway, 312 West 43rd Street and Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. The firm also manages various real estate funds on behalf of institutional and pension fund investors.
About North American Properties
Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $7 billion of mixed-use, retail, multifamily and office properties across the United States. Rooted in its purpose-driven approach to development, North American Properties is creating great places that connect people to each other; cities to their souls; partners to opportunities; and individuals to experiences that move them. Headquartered in Cincinnati, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Myers, Florida, the company has developed 22 million square feet of commercial space and 19,000 residential units in 15 states and 67 cities. In the past three years, North American Properties has launched 36 projects totaling $2.2 billion in total capitalization. In metro Atlanta, North American Properties led the turnaround of Atlantic Station and the ground up development of Avalon. Currently, the company's mixed-use portfolio includes Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia; Avenue East Cobb in Marietta, Georgia; Birkdale Village in Huntersville, North Carolina; Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta; Newport on the Levee in Newport, Kentucky; Riverton in the New York metro area; and The Forum on Peachtree Parkway.
Woodstock Development | January 28, 2022
Woodstock Development ("Woodstock"), a full service commercial real estate investment and development firm specializing in premier office and life science properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it has acquired the remaining ownership stake in One Bay Plaza, a 9-story Class-A office building located on the Bayshore waterfront in Burlingame. With the completion of the transaction, valued at $108 million, Woodstock is now the 100% owner of the property.
Located at 1350 Bayshore Highway, the property has a total of approximately 196,000 rentable square feet, including ~12,000 square feet of Lower Level amenity space. The building is currently 85% leased to over 35 tenants including Alaska Airlines, Cushman & Wakefield, BTIG, and Acco Brands.
Woodstock first acquired the property with Iron Point Partners, LLC ("Iron Point") in June of 2019.
Our partnership with Iron Point has been remarkable and has transformed One Bay into a market-leading Class-A office building, In addition to life science, the Burlingame area has seen unprecedented demand and expansion with big-name technology users like Google and Facebook. Our full acquisition of One Bay expresses Woodstock's confidence in the Peninsula market and continues Woodstock's more than 25 year record of developing premiere office and life science properties."
Kirk Syme, President at Woodstock.
The acquisition builds on Woodstock's value-additive history with One Bay. Since 2019, Woodstock has implemented a comprehensive renovation of the building, including new lobbies, restrooms and corridors. Additionally, Woodstock retained renowned architecture firm, Mark Cavagnero Associates to design a 12,000 square feet amenity area including conference rooms, collaboration rooms, ping pong, fitness room with showers and lockers and a social pantry where tenants are offered "grab and go" sandwiches and salads along with complimentary coffee, espresso and fresh fruit. On the Bayshore, Woodstock upgraded the Bay Trail with new landscaping, a bocci court, picnic tables and chairs for Bay viewing. In the last two years, despite the pandemic and work-from-home alternatives, Woodstock has added a market-leading 14 new tenants and renewed nine existing tenants totaling approximately 90,000 square feet which is nearly 50% of the building.
About Woodstock Development
Woodstock Development, Inc. was founded in 1995 in Burlingame, CA. Woodstock focuses on the development of premier office and Life Science properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Woodstock has entitled and/or developed over 3 million square feet of Class A Office and Life Science space over the past 26 years and currently has over 2 million square feet in its development pipeline in the Bay Area.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Triumph Properties | April 08, 2022
Triumph Properties announced it has closed an $82.5mm total capitalization of a 287-unit multi-family development project, Aileron, located in the booming North Phoenix submarket. The land parcel of 9.87 acres was purchased from Moderne Capital Partners, who will be Triumph's development partner on the deal.
Triumph believes that Aileron's location will benefit from the continued growth of the north Phoenix market including notable job announcements like the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who announced plans to open a 1,129 acre $12 billion factory. Aileron is 1 mile south of the Deer Valley Airport where Cox communications and Honeywell Aerospace have strong employment centers. Other notable nearby employers are Discover, Safeway Corporate and Albertsons.
Aileron will feature a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units averaging 842 square fee. Unit finishes will include vinyl plank and carpet flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, in unit laundry, air conditioning and more. Amenities will include, pool, spa, clubhouse, fitness center, BBQ area, secured access and package center.
"We are excited about this project and our partnership with Moderne. Each of Moderne's Partners brings tremendous experience and value to the table. We believe this will be the first of many projects together", said Steve Feder, Principal at Triumph Properties.
We are looking to make more strategic partnerships like we did on Aileron in the Southeast and Southwest as we expand our development pipeline. Suburban, garden-style apartments, surface parked or wrap product are what we are focused on."
Blake Brewer, Director of Acquisitions at Triumph Properties
Triumph Properties is a national full service commercial real estate investment, management, and development firm based out of Southern California. Triumph leverages decades of expertise and an innovative approach to maximize value for residents and investors.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Titan Development | March 26, 2022
Titan Development is moving forward with its first speculative building at Westpointe40, a business park located at I-40 and 98th Street in Albuquerque. Building 1 is a Class A, institutional-grade facility with 150,574 square feet of space targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2023.
Westpointe40 will be ideally located within a one-minute drive of Interstate 40, a major thoroughfare for warehousing and distribution users, and Titan will target these users in addition to light manufacturing companies. Many major cities – including Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Oklahoma City – are within an eight-hour drive of Albuquerque, making the city and Westpointe40 an important hub for commerce. The park is also in close proximity to Interstate 25, Albuquerque International Airport and within close driving distance to most of the city's labor force.
Building 1 at Westpointe40 has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of warehousing, distribution, light manufacturing and services users, with a rear-load configuration, 32' clear height, dock-high and grade-level doors and ample trailer parking. The building is designed for users between 40,000 and 150,000 square feet. Wilger Enterprises is the general contractor for the project, GBA is the architect, Tierra West is the civil engineer, and Consensus Planning serves as an entitlement consultant. NAI SunVista's Riley McKee, Alex Pulliam, Jim Wible and Jim Hakeem are currently marketing the property for lease.
This building is part of Westpointe40, a master plan business park containing 100 acres of shovel-ready sites. Titan's efforts at Westpointe40 follow its strong successes over the last several years in the Texas markets of Austin and San Antonio where demand is surging. Titan has received strong support and interest from the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) in exploring options and opportunities to create new jobs for the community.
We believe – and our data shows – that Albuquerque is ready for speculative industrial development, and we're already seeing strong interest in the Westpointe40 project from prospective tenants and buyers. Paired with the city's booming residential market and its renewed focus on recruiting non-local businesses and growing local businesses, we anticipate that our industrial park will attract new jobs and employment opportunities for both current residents and newcomers to our great state."
Brian Patterson, PE and Senior Vice President at Titan
"Titan and our local land partners are excited to bring industrial development to Albuquerque, especially along the critical I-40 corridor," said Sal Perdomo, Director of Acquisitions and Development. "Several major companies already have distribution centers in this area, and as national demand for ecommerce continues to grow – and as private developers as well as the city and state continue to recruit and retain economic base employers – we expect that Westpointe40 will serve as a key southwestern hub for other manufacturers and logistics warehouses looking to expand or relocate their operations."
About Titan Development
Titan Development is a leading Southwest full-service development and real estate investment firm. Titan has developed 13 million square feet of real estate totaling more than $2.5 billion in project cost since the firm was formed in 1999. Titan Development has a wealth of real estate development experience in many asset classes including private equity fund investment and management, and has offices in Austin, TX, and Albuquerque, NM.
Titan Development's first private equity fund Titan Development Real Estate Fund I (TDREF I) raised $112 million and invested in a variety of real estate asset classes. Titan Development Real Estate Fund II (TDREF II) raised $95 million and commenced in November of 2020. TDREF II focuses on industrial and multifamily development in secondary and tertiary markets. TDREF II has identified all fund projects, has committed 80% of the total fund equity to eleven projects and has identified the remaining projects which will commence construction in early 2022.