Poly Introduces Poly Studio X Series for Microsoft Teams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Poly | November 04, 2019

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT), a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, will introduce video conferencing devices with a built-in Microsoft Teams experience at Microsoft Ignite 2019. The Poly Studio X Series, purpose-built, all-in-one video bars for Microsoft teams, will offer a native Teams meeting and calling experience and are among a host of Poly solutions built for Teams that the company will demonstrate at the show. The Poly Studio X Series consists of two new video bars designed for small rooms, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series are purpose-built appliances that will run the Teams application natively. The Studio X Series supports 4K Ultra high definition (UHD), advanced noise suppression and unmatched video production rules to improve all aspects of the meeting experience. Users can choose to control the Studio X Series with the new Poly TC8 touch screen.

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In today's video on Economic insights, Danielle Hale talks about the current state of the housing market in January 2019. Real estate is always changing, so keep up on the housing trends with our chief economist Danielle Hale. In today's video, she will be discussing current inventory in the United States, first time home buyers, and the issues they might face when buying a home as well as whether or not we are in a housing bubble.


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BDP Holdings Acquires 27 and 35 Waterview Drive Near New York City

BDP Holdings | March 02, 2022

BDP Holdings, a New Jersey-based real estate investment company, announced today the acquisition of 27 and 35 Waterview Drive, a best-in-market, Class A office building in Fairfield County, Connecticut, part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. The 310,000 square foot facility is 100% leased to Pitney Bowes Inc. The location at Waterview Drive is 100 percent leased to Pitney Bowes and just a short commute from the company's headquarters. Pitney Bowes is a well-established industry leader with a long track record of success whose revenues have only continued to grow over the last 24 months, We are thrilled to have acquired such a desirable property, located in such an affluent and scenic location as Fairfield County." Dennis Lim, principal, BDP Holdings. Located in the county of Fairfield, Connecticut's largest and wealthiest county, the Pitney Bowes location at Waterview Drive totals approximately 310,000 square feet situated on 22.7 acres of land and provides easy access to several major local roadways, as well as mass transit which offers an easy commute to Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. The property consists of three stories of office space, with additional space utilized for assembly/warehousing and engineering. The building also includes a full-service cafeteria, fitness center and a scenic outdoor area, perfect for a post-COVID work environment. Built in 1995, the property has undergone many recent capital improvements, including a new roof and major office and lab renovations throughout, making it well-positioned for future productivity. Pitney Bowes is a global technology leader which provides e-commerce, shipping and mailing services across various market segments and supports 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. The Pitney Bowes location at Waterview is considered a mission critical location, serving as an operations center for all business lines and containing the largest concentration of Pitney Bowes employees in the world. It is also in close proximity to the company's headquarters, located in Stamford, Connecticut. In addition to Pitney Bowes, Fairfield County is home to 19 Fortune 1000 companies, including Indeed.com, UBS, WWE, Financial Charter Communications and many others. Just 60 miles from New York City, Fairfield is one of the most affluent counties in the country, with an extremely educated workforce. Nearly half of all workers hold at least a bachelor's degree. Fairfield also features many public and private golf courses, yacht and boat clubs, country clubs and marinas. This is BDP Holdings' fifth investment in the New York City Metropolitan Area. BDP's leadership has invested more than $6.5 billion in value-driven real estate across the U.S. About BDP Holdings Led by a team with nearly 30 years of experience, BDP Holdings is a New Jersey-based real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition, development and repositioning of real estate in the New York Tri-State area and across the U.S. BDP focuses on properties in markets with high barriers to entry and then seeks to add value through the repositioning of current properties or the development of new properties and communities. BDP's executive team has invested in over $6.5 billion of value-driven real estate and acquired over five million commercial square feet in more than 30 states.

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Green Courte Partners Hires Managing Director of Development

Green Courte Partners, LLC | March 10, 2022

Green Courte Partners, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, announced that it has hired C.R. Russell as Managing Director of Development. In this role, Mr. Russell will oversee all development and construction activities for Green Courte's investments in Windward Communities, True Connection Communities, and The Parking Spot, Green Courte's land-lease community, senior housing, and near-airport parking companies, respectively. Mr. Russell is replacing John Lyons, who retired in February after being with Green Courte and The Parking Spot since 2010. Prior to joining Green Courte, Mr. Russell was a Senior Vice President of Development and Construction at A.J. Capital Partners, a vertically integrated developer with $3.6 billion in real estate investments across 45 markets. In that role, Mr. Russell oversaw the planning and development efforts of $1.2 billion of high-profile hospitality and mixed-use developments comprising nearly 2.6 million square feet of space. Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell held several management roles at Vail Resorts Development Company on behalf of Vail Resorts, Inc., the largest owner and operator of mountain resort properties. At Vail, Mr. Russell was responsible for the company's mountain development team as well as expansion efforts across its entire portfolio of properties. Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. We are thrilled to welcome C.R. to our team, and we look forward to leveraging his diverse skillset and expertise to further expand and improve Green Courte's development efforts across our three active platforms." David B. Lentz, Green Courte's Chief Executive Officer About Green Courte Partners, LLC Green Courte Partners, LLC is a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm focused on building industry-leading companies within niche real estate sectors, including active adult/independent senior living properties, land-lease communities, and near-airport parking facilities. The firm combines focused investment strategies with a disciplined approach to transaction execution, operations, and asset management. Green Courte's goal is to invest in high-quality real estate assets that will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns over a long-term holding period.

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Nuveen Real Estate, Taconic Partners & North American Properties Acquire Ridge Hill Shopping Center

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. Growing Partnerships 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.

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Local Investors to Renovate Apartment Community in Northeast San Antonio

5T CRE | February 22, 2022

5 Talents Commercial Real Estate (5TCRE), along with Totem Capital Group, would like to announce the closing of their latest development project, Aria Apartments. The complex is located on the Northeast side of San Antonio and features 170 apartment units. It is currently 99% occupied and conveniently located near major highways, industrial and large corporate workplaces, and is situated in a vibrant and growing community. The investment team, led by 5TRCE, has over 24 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate. They identify, acquire, rehabilitate, and improve multifamily real estate properties, bringing quality housing options to residents across South Texas. The Aria Apartments renovation project will add value for residents as the community is remodeled. The development was built in 1982, and the project presented a huge opportunity to improve the community for current and future residents, and it offered an opportunity for investors to receive an equitable return on their investment dollars. Most of the $750,000 budget will focus on interior upgrades and renovations, along with the repair and repainting of all exterior building surfaces. Plans also include renovating the leasing office and updating the workout facility. Landscaping, tree trimming, and fencing upgrades will also be included. This project will offer current and future residents beautiful apartment living options in an area that continues to grow, and we are eager to attract new investment partners who share our vision." Abel Pacheco, Principal and President of 5TCRE We help investors, who align with our vision of community improvement and philanthropy, increase their net-worth and cashflow, while reducing their taxable income." Ruben Dominguez, Principal of Totem Capital Group, is the main investment partner with 5TCRE. To date, the group has invested in real estate projects valued at over $80 million, enhancing nearly 1,000 apartment units. The team offers many different investment opportunities that can be tailored to fit into any investor's portfolio.

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In today's video on Economic insights, Danielle Hale talks about the current state of the housing market in January 2019. Real estate is always changing, so keep up on the housing trends with our chief economist Danielle Hale. In today's video, she will be discussing current inventory in the United States, first time home buyers, and the issues they might face when buying a home as well as whether or not we are in a housing bubble.

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