The buzz is that Cousins Properties Inc. has struck a deal to pay roughly $351.3 million, or $230/sf, for Northpark Town Center, a 1.53 million-square-foot office property in Atlanta. The Atlanta REIT is buying the property from a venture led by AEW Capital Management, which had purchased it in 2007 for $315 million.
Weingarten Realty Investors, looking to wrap up a portfolio repositioning strategy that it began three years ago, is in the market to sell 22 retail centers that it values at $330 million. That would be on top of the $100 million of properties the REIT has already sold this year and the $230 million of pending deals.
Deutsche Bank and SL Green Realty Corp. have provided $150 million of financing against 245 Fifth Ave., a 303,139-square-foot office building in Manhattan's midtown south. The financing, which includes $20 million to cover the costs of upgrades and leasing commissions, was used to retire a $130 million CMBS loan that had been modified.
A total of $6.3 billion of CMBS loans got defeased, or replaced by government securities during the first half, according to Trepp LLC. Given that volume, the thinking is that the full year will see an increase of some $1 billion of defeasance activity over last year, to perhaps $13 billion.
Meridian Group, a Bethesda, Md., investment manager focused on the greater Washington, D.C., market, has registered to raise up to $250 million for its second real estate investment fund. Its first fund raised $160 million of equity commitments and has invested in office and apartment properties in the greater Washington area.
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust plans to make up to another $350 million of shopping center acquisitions through the remainder of this year. The Farmington Hills, Mich., REIT already has invested $150 million on two acquisitions this year, and has been targeting a full-year acquisition level of up to $500 million.
A total of nine investors participated in the CMBS conduit B-piece market during the first half of the year, with Rialto Capital Management making investments in more than a quarter of the first-half volume. Eightfold Real Estate Capital, which by this time last year had acquired bonds from seven deals totaling 37.5 percent of the market, so far has bought into only two deals totaling 8 percent of the market.
Alcion Ventures has raised $194 million of a planned $600 million for its third real estate investment fund. The vehicle is a follow-up to the Boston investment manager's Real Estate Fund II, which has invested or committed about 85 percent of the $500 million of equity it raised.
Two insurance subsidiaries of American International Group, United States Life Insurance Co. and National Union Fire Insurance Co., have provided $113 million of financing against 330 Hudson St., a 467,000-square-foot office building in lower Manhattan. A 49.3 percent stake in the property recently was sold in a deal valuing the 16-story former warehouse at $304 million.
Palisades Capital Realty Advisors, a Los Angeles investment manager, has launched a program under which it plans to make about $320 million of office-property acquisitions over the next two years. Capital for the investments it's pursuing is coming from its network of high net-worth investors in California's Silicon Valley.
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