REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
The Menkiti Group | May 21, 2022
MG Residential, an arm of Brookland's The Menkiti Group, was joined by Whitecrest Real Estate, to celebrate the launch of The Heritage, a newly developed collection of modern condominiums starting in the mid $300's. The new development offers 1–2-bedroom units that range from 570 – 1050 square feet. The completion of this project marks a major milestone in the new development and momentum in Ward 5.
"The project was started late 2018 and took over 3 years to complete. Even through the chaos of COVID-19, we trooped through as we believed in the project," said the company's Director of Design, Maryam Kazmi. "We chose this project as we believed in the neighborhood and wanted to add value to this area and offer new modern living. This is an emerging neighborhood and we wanted to be part of its story."
The Heritage lies in the heart of Woodridge, a residential neighborhood located just north of the National Arboretum. The dynamic team of Whitecrest Real Estate always believed in the Woodridge neighborhood, but it was not until they began working in the area, that they realized its true potential.
We were one of the first very few developers who started to invest in the neighborhood, about a decade ago in 2013 with a boutique style building. While working in Woodridge, we realized that it is not only a conveniently located and easily accessible neighborhood to various hot spots of Washington DC, but also amongst one of the safest and most affordable areas in the city."
Reza Damani, Real Estate Investor and Chief of Operations for Whitecrest
The Heritage is conveniently located near a variety of the District's parks and amenities. Barnard Hill Park lies in the northwest corner of the neighborhood, providing 22 acres of open green space for walking or picnics. Also, near the neighborhood, the Dwight A. Mosley Playground and Taft Recreation Center have a large playground, several sports fields, a tennis court, and a basketball court. Although Woodridge lies in a residential area, its proximity to the city's main attractions is what gives this neighborhood its unique flexibility and advantage.
Whitecrest and MG Residential were joined by many Ward 5 residents and local businesses, resulting in a successful community event. Joe Dawson of Mission Mortgage and Lawrence Elliot of Prime Title sponsored the event and were also in attendance.
"We appreciate everyone who attended the official Grand Opening for The Heritage," says MG Residential's VP of Sales and top 1% of realtors nationwide, Lashika Mason. "We are truly overwhelmed by the constant outpouring of support from the community and look forward to seeing The Heritage's impact in Ward 5."
The Heritage is on one of the main arteries of the neighborhood, that runs into Washington, DC. The luxurious finishes combined with the extra effort that was taken to preserve the 100-year-old bank façade makes this beautiful building stand out. The Heritage is a well-built, high-end, and eco-friendly mixed-use condo building in a calm and inviting neighborhood that's a rare find in Washington, DC. The units are well-designed, efficiently built, and are offered at the most competitive prices available in the marketplace for brand-new condominiums.
"This is an exciting partnership with MG Residential and Whitecrest Development," says top producing realtor and Managing Director at MG Residential, Anthony Mason. "We are proud to be a part of this project and are looking forward to seeing the impact on the community as we strive to continue to fulfill our mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate."
About Whitecrest Real estate
Whitecrest is a dynamic team of real estate investors composed of four key players:
Farid Khan serves as the President for Whitecrest Real Estate Company. His primary role is developing a vision for White crest real estate. He also Analyzes budgets and financial reports regularly, reviews and advises on contracts, and leads the company towards success.
Reza Damani serves as the Chief of Operation for Whitecrest Real Estate, providing executive management and overseeing all areas of a project from acquisition of raw land to design and development of all the company's construction projects. Mr. Damani is a licensed Class A builder in the Washington DC area with 20 plus years and over 150,000 total developed square feet in the Washington DC metro area. From site selection, through acquisition and construction, to occupancy, he offers comprehensive ground-up and build-to-suit development services for the region.
Syed Ali serves as the Chief financial Officer for Whitecrest Real estate and is responsible for tracking cash flow, financial planning, analyzing the company's financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing strategic direction. He is also responsible for maintaining relationships with bankers and investors.
Maryam Kazmi serves as the Director of Design for Whitecrest Real Estate. She oversees all design decisions and aesthetics of the project from the floor plans to the finishes. Her responsibilities include making all indoor and outdoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials to ensure a well-designed and cohesive look to the whole project.
About MG Residential
MG Residential is a premier sales team based in Washington, DC, with expertise providing residential and commercial real estate services to buyers, sellers, investors, and developers across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Over the past 15+ years, MG Residential has had the privilege of serving over 3,000 families in the greater DMV region and has consistently been ranked within the top 100 teams nationally for Keller Williams.
Founded with the mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate, MG Residential is anchored by Bo and Kymber Menkiti and Anthony and Lashika Mason. Their goal is to close the gap on homeownership and create intergenerational wealth in the District of Columbia and throughout the greater DMV region.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Rubenstein Partners | June 13, 2022
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. (including its affiliates, Rubenstein), a vertically integrated real estate investment adviser focused on value-added office property equity and debt opportunities, and joint venture partner Vision Real Estate Partners, a full-service real estate owner/operator, announced global biopharmaceutical PTC Therapeutics (PTC) signed a new 360,000-square-foot, long-term lease at Warren Corporate Center, within the five-building office campus in Warren, N.J.
PTC is relocating its corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, N.J. to a new facility at Warren Corporate Center. The lease spans two full buildings located at 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive and, following construction, will include offices, collaboration and conferencing spaces, and research laboratories. The facility will provide flexible and innovative workspaces with the capacity needed to support PTC's long-term growth of its expanding pipeline of products.
Construction activities on the new facility at Warren Corporate Center is expected to begin in June 2022.
Originally built as a headquarters for Lucent Technologies, Warren Corporate Center comprises more than 820,000 square feet of office space across five buildings surrounded by walking trails, a richly landscaped pond and four covered parking structures. Since acquiring the 176-acre campus in 2016, Vision and Rubenstein have set out to reposition Warren Corporate Center as a unique opportunity in the market, with headquarters-quality space that integrates attractive amenities and communal areas within a central location to optimize employee well-being and productivity.
As part of the repositioning, ownership also developed Warren Hill, a 20,000-square-foot lifestyle center located at the center of the campus, featuring numerous amenities including an outdoor amphitheater; indoor and outdoor patio dining; multi-function conference areas; a full-service cafe with coffee bar; a state-of-the-art fitness center with locker rooms; and full-size indoor basketball court. The amenities hub also provides an easily accessible outdoor roof deck for employees to meet and collaborate.
"Since acquiring and repositioning Warren Corporate Center, our goal has been to create the kind of fully-amenitized and differentiated office product high-end companies in the region are seeking," said Stephen Card, Principal at Rubenstein. "PTC Therapeutics is a true global leader and innovator in the biopharmaceutical sector and adding an organization of their magnitude to the roster of tenants at the Warren campus validates the strategic investments we've made at the site."
Warren Corporate Center is a suburban office site designed for the modern employee. The institutional-quality property is a rare blend of full-service amenities, outdoor spaces and experiential features, such as our unique lifestyle center, that separate the property from others in the region. Warren Corporate Center is a singular offering in the highly competitive New Jersey office market, and we are pleased to welcome PTC as the long-term, addition to the campus."
Sam Morreale, founding and managing partner of Vision Real Estate Partners
"Our new headquarters allows us to have a Class-A facility for our growing team, while keeping the new flexible work paradigm in mind," said Doug McLeester, Vice President of Global Facilities at PTC Therapeutics. "As PTC grows into one of the world's leading rare disease companies, our in-house capabilities must similarly grow and adapt. The new facility at Warren Corporate Center, which complements our existing operations at the PTC's Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in Hopewell, is the ideal space for our expected future expansion in New Jersey, a foundational and growing market for biotech in the U.S."
Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners have consistently created premier experiential suburban office properties that incorporate a level of amenities more akin to a hospitality setting than a traditional office environment. The joint venture partnership embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation that transformed The Crossings at Jefferson Park in Whippany, N.J., into a Class-A office campus featuring The Powerhouse, an 11,000-square-foot, standalone amenities center. A testament to the partnership's success in rebranding the property, The Crossings at Jefferson Park was acquired by Barclays Capital in June 2017. Vision and Rubenstein are also collaborating on Latitude, a 30-acre, approximately 700,0000-square-foot office complex located in Parsippany, N.J.
Jeff Zell and Louis Kluger of JM Zell Partners represented PTC Therapeutics and Robert Donnelly Sr, Robert Donnelly Jr, Paul Giannone, Todd Elfand and Kevin Carton of Cushman and Wakefield represented building ownership in the lease transaction.
About Rubenstein Partners
Rubenstein Partners, L.P. founded in September 2005, is a private real estate investment advisory firm with operations throughout the United States. The firm is led by its founder, David Rubenstein, and a group of senior real estate executives, and is focused on directing and managing office real estate investments in the U.S. Rubenstein Partners' predecessor company, The Rubenstein Company, LP and affiliates, founded in 1969, was one of the largest private owner operators of Class A office real estate in the Mid-Atlantic, owning and operating a portfolio of assets valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of its disposition in 2004. Since 2005, Rubenstein Partners has, on behalf of its investors and clients, invested in more than 22.5 million square feet of office real estate assets throughout the United States.
About Vision Real Estate Partners
Vision Real Estate Partners is a full-service real estate owner/operator, specializing in development, property management, asset management and construction. The firm is well known for its deep roots and experience in the New Jersey/New York regional marketplace, and for its track record of identifying properties with great potential and transforming them into superior assets. Vision Real Estate Partners currently is developing or redeveloping more than 2 million square feet of space in its local market. The company has over 100 acres of land parcels available for mixed-use and build-to-suit opportunities. Its Vision Management platform also currently oversees property management, financial reporting and overall operational supervision for nearly 1.5 million square feet of office space on behalf of multiple strategic partners.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a science-driven, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. PTC's ability to globally commercialize products is the foundation that drives investment in a robust and diversified pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need. The Company's strategy is to leverage its strong scientific expertise and global commercial infrastructure to maximize value for its patients and other stakeholders.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
SkySlope | June 03, 2022
SkySlope, the leader in real estate transaction software, has launched Breeze, an all-around simple and streamlined application making Oregon Real Estate Forms (OREF) disclosures easy for Oregon agents and sellers to complete.
Since 2011, SkySlope has enabled brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to track their deals while remaining compliant. Equipped with forms and a digital signature tool, SkySlope provides a frictionless workflow that saves time for agents. As the transaction management platform serving 35 percent of the top 20 largest brokerages in the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope is known for its award-winning customer experience.
With the launch of Breeze, SkySlope gives agents the ability to prepare and send disclosures like the Oregon's Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (Form 020) at lightning speed.
Breeze requires minimal preparation for agents to prepare and send disclosures to their clients in minutes, from anywhere. For home sellers, Breeze's TurboTax-style workflow helps simplify complicated and confusing disclosure forms—getting them completed quickly and with more confidence and accuracy.
Streamlined disclosure preparation equipped with MLS data sync
Status visibility, notifications, and easy revision requests
Simple guided workflows with helpful tips for consumers
Equipped with SkySlope DigiSign for free and unlimited digital signatures
Seamlessly integrated with SkySlope's suite of products
"Breeze is truly a one-stop-shop for faster disclosures," says Diana Costas of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty. "The guided workflow helps clients complete disclosures quickly and accurately and our agents can easily prepare disclosures, request signatures, and submit forms for compliance review."
Disclosures are a common pain point for both agents and sellers. We're excited to launch a solution that takes a complicated process and makes it effortless for REALTORS® and home sellers."
Tyler Smith,SkySlope CEO
Established in 2011, SkySlope is a comprehensive transaction management platform for brokers, agents, auditors, and transaction coordinators to manage real estate transactions from anywhere at any time. In 2021, over 300,000 users across 8,000 offices used SkySlope to manage 2.25M transactions. SkySlope provides digital transaction management and services to help agents and brokers be more efficient and compliant. From automation to integrations, SkySlope's vision is to keep agents and brokers connected to the customer forever.
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Urban Land Institute | June 28, 2022
A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) investigates how the real estate community is working to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. The report explores how to support people experiencing homelessness through creative housing solutions and collaboration with community organizations, with the ultimate goal of providing abundant, affordable, and high-quality housing for affected and at-risk populations.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2020 marked the fourth consecutive annual increase in people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is a systemic challenge that necessitates the involvement and collaboration of the government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, health and social services, faith communities, and the public.
The ULI report, Homeless to Housed, offers housing case studies, universally applicable lessons, and a blueprint for how to replicate best practices in other communities to show how the development community can be an active partner in addressing homelessness.
More than ever before, homelessness is being driven by rapidly increasing housing costs, and the public and private sectors must work together both to meet the needs of the unhoused and to prevent more households from falling into homelessness. This report offers creative models and examples of how the real estate community is effectively leveraging its housing development, management, investment, and financing expertise to enable cities to overcome the growing challenge of homelessness."
Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
Key takeaways from the new report include:
Housing is important, but social services are essential: Housing is an essential first step in addressing homelessness, but it is not a solution in and of itself. Comprehensive social services are a critical second component. Delivering one without the other offers little chance of successfully tackling the crisis.
Novel, creative solutions are needed: Nowhere is the need for innovation more evident than in seeking to address homelessness. Two areas of focus are cost-effective construction methods and non-governmental funding sources. Private companies -- both in real estate and in other sectors -- have a vital role to play in the latter.
All segments of the community must play a role: Homelessness affects real estate, health care, social services, education, economic development, and more. Community collaboration is essential, particularly among the private and public sectors. The real estate sector is obligated to provide cost-effective housing, and it is incumbent on governments to pursue bold policies that allow for more housing for people of all income levels.
Homelessness is a multifaceted issue, but in many cases links back to economics: Whether because of a lack of affordable housing, low wages, unexpected expenses, loss of employment, illness, lack of insurance, or a domestic issue, homelessness can be a result of economic stress.
The report includes seven case studies that feature creative solutions for addressing homelessness that could serve as models for investors and developers alike:
New Orleans: City of New Orleans Shelter and Engagement Center provides a 24-hour shelter to 100 homeless individuals and provides services to help guests secure permanent housing.
Mountain View, Calif: LifeMoves is a supportive interim housing community that provides intensive case management services to help clients overcome homelessness and return to sustainable housing.
Long Beach, Calif: Former Best Western Motel Conversion was the recipient of funds from Project Homekey, California's innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing. The former motels now provide temporary housing for residents 65 and older with pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
San Antonio: Haven For Hope is the largest mixed-use development in the United States that provides housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as job training, education, medical care, identification recovery, case management, and animal care services.
Sharon Crossing, N.C.: The Lotus Campaign is a non-profit organization that increases the availability of housing for people experiencing homelessness by engaging with the private, for-profit real estate and investment communities. Recognizing that neither the public nor private sector can solve homelessness alone, the Lotus Campaign strives to bridge that gap while minimizing risks for vulnerable renters.
San Francisco: The Bryant Street Project provides 145 apartments of permanent supportive housing near public transit, grocery stores, and community parks to ensure that residents have access to neighborhood amenities and services.
Washington: John and Jill Kerr Conway Residence provides housing constructed with sustainable materials as well as health and social services to veterans experiencing homelessness in collaboration with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
Berkeley, Calif.: The project at 2012 Berkeley Way is a redevelopment of a surface parking lot in downtown Berkeley that will create three distinct projects – an 89-unit affordable family housing development; a 53-unit permanent supportive housing development; and a homeless shelter plus transitional housing – in one unified building.
The full Homeless to Housed report is available on ULI's Knowledge Finder platform.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.