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SFO Grand Hyatt Hotel Takes Off

Jun 24 2017

Grand Hyatt Hotel at SFO
Grand Hyatt Hotel at SFO

San Francisco International Airport broke ground on a new Grand Hyatt, a 351-key hotel on airport grounds. Design work by architecture firm Hornberger + Worstell with ED2 International began in March 2016. The $237 million property is constructed by Webcor Builders and is slated for completion in July 2019. 

Located at the entrance to SFO on a 4.7-acre site, the asset is close to terminal buildings and parking garages and has direct access to the AirTrain light rail system and U.S. Highway 101. Property amenities will include 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 2,700-square-foot fitness center, a 90-seat restaurant and a lounge. The hotel is designed to achieve a four-star designation and LEED Gold certification for environmentally sustainable design and operation.

Impacting the community

Grand Hyatt at SFO
Grand Hyatt at SFO

“We are excited to grow Hyatt’s footprint in the Bay area,” said Pete Sears, Hyatt Group president of the Americas, in prepared remarks. “With the team at SFO, we are one step closer to opening this luxury hotel and positively impacting the community by creating jobs and operating the hotel with the help of many local businesses as our suppliers, vendors and partners.”

Constructed and owned by SFO and managed under the Grand Hyatt brand, the project is expected to create 350 construction jobs and 200 hospitality jobs.

Images courtesy of SFO


CBRE Taps Central Valley Industrial Senior VP

Jun 24 2017

Robert Taylor, CBRE
Robert Taylor, CBRE

CBRE Group Inc. appointed Robert Taylor ato senior vice president with its Central Valley industrial practice group. Taylor specializes in tenant and landlord representation within the California Central Valley industrial market, Stockton to Bakersfield, and focuses on facility optimization, supply chain logistics and solutions analysis, incentives, warehouse/distribution and capital markets.

Taylor will be working closely with Senior Vice President Tom Davis, who joined CBRE in January to lead the Central Valley industrial practice group, as well as Senior Managing Director of the firm’s Sacramento, Central Valley and Northern Nevada offices Dave Brennan, in addition to leading its northwest industrial network.

“It is terrific timing to bring Bob on board as the industrial market in Central Valley ended Q1 2017 with record low vacancy rate, 2.2 percent, therefore there is accelerating occupier demand and developer deliveries ramping up to keep pace,” said Brennan in prepared remarks.

A 28-year track record

Taylor brings more than 28 years of experience representing both occupier/buyer and agency/seller relationships and has several transactions under his belt totaling more than 500 acres of development land. Taylor joins from JLL, where he served as an executive vice president within its supply chain and logistics solutions group since 2012. Prior to JLL, Taylor spent 25 years with The Buzz Oates Group of Cos.

During Taylor’s career, he has been responsible for various industrial projects throughout California’s Central Valley from Sacramento, Solano and San Joaquin Counties. During his tenure with Oates, Taylor designed, implemented and executed several million square feet of buildings and hundreds of acres of land for development in the Central Valley.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business/real estate and land use from Sacramento State University. He is an active member of several national trade organizations including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Association of Commercial Real Estate and on the local level, the San Joaquin Partnership and Business Council.

Image courtesy of JLL


ZRG Partners Taps New Managing Director

Jun 24 2017

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

ZRG Partners, a global leader in executive search and talent management, has added Kevin Jones as managing director. Kevin heads the company’s Pittsburgh, Pa. office where he will lead the firm’s Global Real Estate executive search practice.

Jones’ extensive work history

As managing director, he will be responsible for search engagement, strategy and delivery, offering a unique blend of human capital experience. Jones brings more than 25 years of knowledge in innovative executive search and assessment experience. Previously, he served as a managing director with Christenson Advisors, a boutique real estate consultancy focused on human capital solutions.

 “Kevin has a solid track record in the commercial real estate market where he has successfully completed senior level executive search work,” Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG, said in a statement.  “Kevin will be an asset to ZRG and provide expertise in this niche. We are pleased to add Kevin to the global team as we broaden our North American footprint.”

Jones founded Jones Group ESF, a pioneering boutique-retained executive search firm with a focus to serving the U.S. healthcare real estate markets. Prior to founding Jones Group, he was a partner with Crown Advisors Inc.

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Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

Jun 23 2017

Adam Baugh, WitheyFree shipping is a gift from retail heaven: It is a remarkable convenience to order an item that can arrive at your doorstep within a day, and sometimes, in only a few hours. The amount of packages left at my house last Christmas is reflective of how retail customers’ habits have changed. Sadly, the number of retail broker listing signs and empty shopping centers tell the other side of the same story.

Online shopping created a conscious customer—one who knows where, how and when to find the best deal. But despite its tremendous personal benefit, it has played a big part in not only shifting shopping patterns but also in real estate holdings, development deals and zoning patterns. Some have even called it the demise of brick-and-mortar stores.

The shift in shopping trends has vexed retail development. Local planning departments, evolving zoning ordinances and new policies can play a critical role in making older spaces thrive again. It requires a creative vision and unique zoning approach to revitalize shopping centers decimated by online shopping and free shipping.

Cities Must Be Flexible

Cities and municipalities must become more nimble and flexible in responding to shifting trends and vacant retail centers. By example, the City of Mesa, Ariz. adopted new zoning programs and policies to encourage retail redevelopment by granting renewed flexibility to an otherwise strict zoning code. Rather than enforcing rigid zoning standards that cannot comply with sites developed decades ago, the city created new policies like Substantial Conformance Improvement Permit (SCIP) and Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) to afford applicants reasonable flexibility.

Through the SCIP and BIZ programs, we transformed an empty Fry’s grocery store into a Planet Fitness gym and retail building; redeveloped a four-year vacant Office Max into an indoor youth recreational playground called Urban Jungle; and turned an abandoned Fresh and Easy into a CVS Pharmacy. Solutions like this give a pathway—and hope—for traditional brick-and-mortar retail to survive and thrive again.

Developers Must Think Outside the Box (Literally)

With a hyper-competitive online marketplace, retail customers need a reason to visit, shop and stay. Today’s brick and mortar tenants are looking for more than just a box to open their businesses. We advise our clients to implement destination places, lifestyle opportunities, outdoor areas, and draws for customers to make on-site purchases.

This is best exemplified in newly redeveloped buildings we’ve entitled such as Whiskey Row in Gilbert, Ariz., The Yard in Phoenix (a former motorcycle garage and dealership turned restaurant cluster), or the Colony in Phoenix (a cluster of indie shops, restaurants and bars). Each found a way to give customers a reason to visit and stay through the use of outdoor games, music venues, complementary blend of uses, selfie-worthy murals, rooftop amenities and pedestrian connections. In most instances, it was a creative idea that necessitated a novel zoning approach, but the successful execution has given new life to old buildings.

Anticipate Unexpected Issues

With new approaches, you also have to anticipate unexpected issues: overcoming outdated deed restrictions; negotiating overflow parking; dealing with neighborhood opposition; increasing floor area and restaurant uses without adding new parking; getting approval for alternative refuse and trash collection; vacating excess city-owned property; negotiating operational restrictions and hours of use; working through liquor license concerns and spacing issues; advocating for outdoor dining; handling pedestrian and vehicle traffic, etc. It takes a creative approach to address each issue, but a good zoning attorney can lead the way.

Zoning Attorneys Must Get Creative

The value of an effective advocate with strong municipal relationships cannot be understated. Seemingly impossible redevelopments need massaging to work within (and around) the strict requirements of the zoning code.

A skilled zoning attorney with experience solving complex issues can help find solutions when facing impossible hurdles. It requires an individual with strong relationships at City Hall, knowledge of obscure provisions of the city code, novel interpretations of the zoning ordinance, experience with technical appeals, variances and use permits, a vast understanding of the zoning ordinance intent versus the plain meaning, effectiveness at neighborhood outreach and skill identifying parking opportunities.

A rendering of The Colony development in Phoenix.
A rendering of The Colony on 7th development in Phoenix.

For the Colony on 7th Street in Phoenix—previously an abandoned assisted living facility and commercial building covering multiple parcels—the initial challenge was converting an older building to a new use given the mixed underlying zoning, the odd parcel shape, the narrow depth, the lack of parking, the poor access, and more. The second set of issues involved resolving concerns from neighbors, HOAs, abutting property owners and area activists. Third, we identified potential concerns and issues with city staff, engineering and development reviews, and elected officials. After weighing all of those items, we developed a strategy to navigate those issues and the city process in the fastest manner possible.

Know the potential issues and hire land use and zoning counsel familiar with that particular municipality’s processes, regulations, norms and likely solutions. Zoning attorneys work directly with city officials, business owners and architects to provide development guidance, streamline the process, reduce the time frame and offer cost savings. An effective zoning attorney with local familiarity and strong municipal relationships is often the key factor towards creating a successful revitalization.

Adam Baugh is an owner at Withey Morris PLC, where he has been practicing land use and zoning law since 2007.

Images courtesy of Withey Morris



SG Property Services Buys Greater-Atlanta MOBs

Jun 23 2017

SG Property Services has acquired Johns Creek Medical and The Swan Building, two medical office buildings in North Fulton County, Ga., in the greater Atlanta area, for a combined $11.9 million. Jodi Selvey of Colliers represented the owner of Johns Creek Medical, while Lee Asher of CBRE represented the owner of The Swan Building. The two properties total 55,664 square feet and were sold by physician owners.

Strategic investments

Johns Creek Medical, Johns Creek, Ga.
Johns Creek Medical, Johns Creek, Ga.

Located at 6918 McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Ga., Johns Creek Medical was fully leased at the time of sale by a single tenant, a children’s medical service provider. The 10,771-square-foot property sits across from Emory Johns Creek Hospital and is near retail amenities at Johns Creek Town Center.

The Swan Building, Alpharetta, Ga.
The Swan Building, Alpharetta, Ga.

Located at 4165 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, Ga., just off Route 120 and near Alpharetta Commons Shopping Center, the Swan Building has multiple tenants, including a plastic surgery center. SGPS plans to fill the remaining vacancies of the 44,893-square-foot Alpharetta facility with a focus on medical users and renew existing tenants with long-term leases.

“The Swan Building is a true, value-add investment due to the opportunity to lease-up existing vacancy,” said Paul Shailendra, president of SGPS, in prepared remarks.

Image courtesy of SG Property Services


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Globtest California Thu, 01 May 2014 03:56:56 +0000 admin

California RSS

The Peak Was in 3Q14

Jan 28 2016

LOS ANGELES–At ALIS, Teague Hunter claims the peak hit in 2014, and now there is a gap between sellers and buyers, but not all of his fellow panelists agreed.

TIAA-CREF Sheds Property to Costco for $65M

Jan 28 2016

JURUPA VALLEY, CA–The 527,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by Quik Set, which has 19 months remaining on its current lease with an option for another five years.

Griffin Spends Nearly $2B in 2015

Jan 28 2016

LOS ANGELES–The investment firm acquires 37 office and industrial properties totaling $1.7 billion last year.

Healthcare Changes = Larger, Longer Leases

Jan 28 2016

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA–Smart doctors are figuring out how to maximize their office space and partner with other practices to get the most bang for their healthcare real estate buck, Cypress West’s Jeff Johnson tells EXCLUSIVELY.

PKF Rebrands After CBRE Merger

Jan 27 2016

LOS ANGELES–PKF adopts the CBRE Hotels name after merging with the company more than a year ago–but leaders say that the previous firm’s storied company culture isn’t going away.

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Wall Street Journal Thu, 01 May 2014 03:49:45 +0000 admin Commercial Real Estate

Excuse Me, You’re Blocking My Sun

Jun 14 2017

Australia’s rapid embrace of rooftop panels—now installed on one in four homes in some areas—has collided with another hot spot of investment, construction of apartments and homes.

1031 Exchange Real Estate Tax Break Faces Extinction

Jun 14 2017

A much-loved tax advantage in the commercial real-estate industry is on the chopping block even as chances dim for the passage of a broad federal tax overhaul this year.

Mall Tenants Play Hardball In Lease Negotiations

Jun 13 2017

Retailers, food and beverage operators and department store chains looking to renew their leases have been asking for more allowances from mall owners.

Mall Project Denied on Former Shea Stadium Site

Jun 7 2017

New York’s highest court on Tuesday blocked the development of a billion-dollar shopping mall on a Citi Field parking lot in Queens, affirming a ruling that the project needs legislative approval to proceed.

McCourt Global Puts Money Into Modular Construction

Jun 5 2017

One of New York City’s most prominent investors is betting on modular construction. McCourt Global led a group of investors in a $6 million round of funding for Brooklyn company FullStack Modular LLC.

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CoStar SD Commercial Real Estate News Thu, 01 May 2014 03:47:25 +0000 admin

San Diego Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

MG Properties Group Wraps Up $134M Multifamily Buy

Jun 20 2017

MG Properties Group closed on its purchase of the 410-unit Alexan Melrose apartments at 1401 N Melrose Dr for $134 million, or about $327,000 per unit.

Trammell Crow Residential and an investment partner sold the garden-style complex they developed in 2015. The 20-acre property has a unit mix of one-, two-and three-bedrooms and a full amenity package, including a swimming pool and spa, fitness facility and community garden.

In addition, the…

Kilroy Hires New Chief Investment Officer

Jun 20 2017

Steve Rosetta has joined Kilroy Realty Corp. in Los Angeles as executive vice president and chief investment officer. He will oversee the firm’s acquisition and disposition activity, focusing specifically on development opportunities and large office and life science transactions.

Rosetta joins KRC from Cushman & Wakefield where he most recently served as a vice chairman and as a member of its Global Advisory Board. During his two decade tenure…

Dick’s Sporting Goods Takes 41,375-SF in Pacific Coast Plaza

Jun 19 2017

Dick’s Sporting Good signed a 10-year lease for 41,375 square feet of retail space in Pacific Coast Plaza, a freeway-oriented power center with a total GLA of 447,288 square feet at 2110-2160 Vista Way in Oceanside, CA. The sporting good retailer expects to move in this December.

Other tenants in the 20-year-old center include Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Best Buy and Stater Brothers.

Stewart Keith and Bradley Williams of Flocke & Avoyer Commercial…

CoStar’s People of Note (June 16) – WCRE Promotes Mannino, CA Ventures Recruits Spellman…

Jun 16 2017

It’s time to update those contact managers with CoStar’s People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week’s issue includes the following markets: Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Portland, Toronto, Milwaukee / Madison, Boston and Los Angeles.
WCRE Promotes Mannino to COO
By Justin Sumner

Anthony Mannino has been promoted to chief operating

BLT Enterprises Sells Loker Corporate Center

Jun 14 2017

First Industrial Realty Trust purchased the Loker Corporate Center industrial facility at 2777 Loker Ave. W in Carlsbad, CA for $21.5 million, or about $174 per square foot, from BLT Enterprises.

The 123,454-square-foot building was constructed in 1990 within the Carlsbad Oaks business park. The property is fully leased to multiple tenants.

Mickey Morera and James Duncan of Kidder Matthews represented the buyer. Ron Jacobson of SD Realty…

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