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Las Plazas at Old Vail breaks ground in Tucson

A 17-acre parcel of land at the northwest corner of Houghton and Old Vail Roads in southeastern Tucson is slated to become a new retail and restaurant hub. The development’s site work has begun at Las Plazas at Old Vail, as the project has been dubbed, in the form of under-ground utilities, grading, retention/detention, common drive aisles, landscaping, curbs and parking lot lighting.

The plot of land has been divided into fifteen lots ranging in buildable areas from 3,000 to 19,000 square feet. The lots are being marketed for retail and restaurant use, according to CBRE’s Nancy McClure who, along with Michael Laatsch, has the marketing assignment on the property.

“We’ve already seen significant interest in Las Plazas,” said McClure. “In fact, we already have two lots in escrow and another is in negotiations with a contract out for signature; all three are national operators.”

Las Plazas at Old Vail is expected to relieve significant pent-up demand for retail and restaurant options in what many real estate experts believe is an underserved area. McClure says the high-density residential area is well equipped to handle additional retail amenities. She points to the success of Super Wal-Mart, which opened in the immediate area just last year and has reported sales numbers that far exceed initial sales projections. This is a good indicator that area residents will welcome new food and shopping offerings.

“The surrounding community has been very supportive of the project. As soon as our signs went up, we had residents calling to inquire about potential users and which restaurants might be locating at the property. People are excited about new amenities for Rita Ranch and the surrounding outlying areas.”

Las Plazas at Old Vail is designed to accommodate retail and commercial users. The available lots are for sale to users and developers who want to provide build-to-suits to tenants. The site is approximately a mile and a half from the I-10 freeway, just south of the Rita Ranch master-planned community.

Phoenix firm buys El Paso industrial portfolio

CBRE announced the sale of a four-building, 245,745-square-foot industrial portfolio in El Paso, Texas, on behalf of New York-based Sullivan Crosby Trust. Phoenix, Arizona-based ViaWest Group purchased the portfolio in an off-market transaction for an undisclosed price.

Christian Perez GieseWilliam CaparisAnthony Mash and Arturo De la Mora, with CBRE’s El Paso office, represented the seller.

The buildings are approximately 50 percent occupied—short-term tenants bring it to 75 percent occupancy. They are located south of Interstate Highway 10 in the central El Paso submarket. According to CBRE Research, the central El Paso submarket is approximately 94.7 percent occupied as of Q4 2014.

“We are very excited about our first purchase in El Paso. This acquisition is part of the ViaWest Southwest Fund and is our first purchase outside of Phoenix with the Fund. We are hopeful that this is the first of many as we expand further into El Paso, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and some other southwestern cities. This property fits all the attributes that we are looking for: a solid, infill location; excellent clear height and truck court; the ability to add value immediately; and a great brokerage team with the CBRE guys,” said Steven Schwarz, Principal at ViaWest Group.

“The portfolio is made up of good, quality assets. Once a few deferred maintenance items are addressed, these assets will be highly competitive,” said Mr. Perez Giese, Senior Vice President and Director of CBRE’s El Paso/Ciudad Juarez office.

This is the first El Paso-area acquisition for ViaWest Group. A host of rehabilitation projects are slated for the properties, including new roofs, landscaping, fencing, equipment replacement and more.

ViaWest has selected CBRE to lease and manage the properties. Mr. De la Mora will lead the leasing assignment.

Oblique & Renderings of Airport I-10-1

Airport I-10 announces three national tenant leases

Just as Airport I-10’s 600KSF Phase I approaches completion, Wentworth Property Company/Clarion Partners and the Phoenix office of JLL have announced the signing of three major, national tenant leases that bring one of the largest speculative office projects in Phoenix history to more than 35 percent pre-leased.

The new tenants at Airport I-10 include:

• DLS Worldwide, a major, volume-leveraged third-party logistics provider, leasing 78,843 square feet in Building B for a new headquarters, light manufacturing, assembly and distribution facility.

• DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, leasing 40,529 square feet in Building E for a regional parcel delivery hub.

• Pilot Freight Services, a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, leasing 31,824 square feet in Building E for centralized pick-up and delivery service operations.

JLL Executive Vice Presidents Pat Harlan and Steve Sayre, and JLL Associate Kyle Westfall represented Wentworth/Clarion in all three leases. Mike Gordon of Cresa represented DLS. John Werstler, Jerry McCormick and Cooper Fratt of CBRE represented Pilot. Jim Wilson of Cushman & Wakefield represented DHL.

The new leases join with a 63,470-square-foot pre-lease completed by JLL in mid-2014 with Anixter International, Inc., a leading global distributor of enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable, and OEM supply fasteners and other small parts.

Inclusive of Anixter, this brings JLL’s new lease commitments at Airport I-10 to 215,000 total square feet, leaving the project’s three-building, 600,000-square-foot Phase I at 35 percent leased, before construction is even finalized.

“Modern companies want modern buildings. This is making all types of users more sophisticated about what they look for in an industrial location,” said Harlan. “They are requiring the kind of improved function that you get from features like higher clear heights, better overall building layout and better truck maneuverability. Airport I-10 checks all of these boxes, and because of this is attracting tenants making an overall flight to quality – a trend that is happening across the entire industrial market.”

“Airport I-10 was designed to give modern industrial tenants a home in the heart of Phoenix’s industrial distribution network. We couldn’t be more pleased with the companies that have committed to space here,” said Wentworth Property Company Principal James R. Wentworth. “They are a barometer of the types of businesses that we believe will continue to chose Airport I-10 and build out one of the submarket’s best and last industrial parcels.”

Located at the northwest corner of 24th Street and Rio Salado, Airport I-10 Business Park represents the last large, developable parcel left in the Sky Harbor International Airport submarket. Phase I includes three Class A industrial buildings totalling more than 600,000 square feet (277,954 square feet, 169,109 square feet and 156,000 square feet). This portion of the project is 35 percent pre-leased to Anixter, DHL, DLS and Pilot.

At build out, the 58-acre Airport I-10 property will include five Class A industrial buildings totalling 920,584 square feet, with a modern environment for corporate users and fully equipped with state-of-the-art features such as ESFR sprinkler systems, 30- to 32-foot clear heights, cross-dock loading and 140- to 200-foot truck courts.

Kyrene Corporate Center, CBRE

Kyrene Corporate Center sells to retail mortgage lender

RMK Holdings, LLC has purchased Kyrene Corporate Center, a 30KSF building located at 9280 South Kyrene Road in Tempe. The sale price was $3.33 million.

Kevin Calihan with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented Phoenix-based RMK Holdings. DTZ’s Eric Wichterman and Mike Coover represented the seller, Phoenix-based Kyrene 919280, LLC.

“The metro office market continues to improve and Tempe, especially, continues to be a place in which office users want to locate,” said Calihan. “This purchase allows RMK Holdings to not only enter a highly sought-after submarket from an investor standpoint, but also gives the company more control over their own operations as well.”

RMK Holdings is a joint venture between Kent Nielson, Ryan Sandell and Michael Jones, the local principals of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI), one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation. RMK Holdings will lease 15,000 square feet of Kyrene Corporate Center to PRMI. This location will serve as PRMI’s primary office for the Arizona market, which is being relocated from San Tan Corporate Center II in Chandler. PRMI has four offices through out the Valley and one in Flagstaff.

“Kyrene Corporate Center is in an excellent location and offers us the ability to continue to grow our business while having better control over our operating expenses for PRMI,” said Kent Nielson. “We are anticipating the metro Phoenix housing market will continue to strengthen in 2015 and this purchase and lease with PRMI means we will be well-positioned to better serve our clients as this demand increases.”

Kyrene Corporate Center is located just a mile and a half from the full-diamond interchange at Warner Road and the I-10 freeway. The property was approximately 50 percent leased at time of sale. Tenants include enChoice, Inc., Triton Medical Solutions and Great American Title Agency.

ReCommunity, Courtesy of CBRE

ReCommunity Recycling Center sells for $7M

CBRE has completed the sale of the ReCommunity Recycling Center located at 3780 E. Ajo Way in Tucson. The asset commanded a sale price of $7 million.

Mike Sandahl, David Blanchette, CCIM and Wyatt Campbell in CBRE’s Tucson office negotiated the transaction on behalf the buyer, a joint venture of three Alaska-based partnerships and the seller, Delaware-based Olyver Land, LLC.

“This was a unique opportunity for an investor to purchase a stable asset with a high-quality tenant in a rapidly growing industry,” said Sandahl. “ReCommunity is an industry leader in recycling, offering “green” solutions for the betterment of the communities they serve.”

The sale included 53,783 square feet of warehouse space, and 5,258 square feet of office space on 7.1 acres. The property is wholly leased and operated by ReCommunity Holdings, Inc. ReCommunity, which has a long-term lease at the property, is the nation’s largest pure play recycler.

In early 2012, development began on the raw land at the southwest corner of Alvernon and Ajo to construct the 59,000 square-foot, build-to-suit complex for ReCommunity, which holds the sole recycling contract for the City of Tucson. The state-of-the-art facility began operating just months later in June of 2012.

“The sale of the ReCommunity Material Recovery Facility is a real Tucson development success story,” said Blanchette, who provided site selection services and represented Olyver Land in the initial purchase of the land in 2012. “The predecessor of ReCommunity was announced as the winning recycling contract in the summer of 2011. That gave developers just seven short months to develop the raw land into the 53,000 square foot Industrial complex you see today. The City of Tucson, Pima County and Barker Morrissey Contracting worked tirelessly to deliver the project to ReCommunity on time in June of 2012. Tucson now has one of the most modern and efficient recycling facilities in the country, which will serve Southern Arizona for many years to come.”

ReCommunity also operates recycling and recovery facilities in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The company has a total of 36 facilities operating in 13 states across the country.

PMHC West, Courtesy of CBRE

ConnectionsAZ leases 36KSF at Phoenix Memorial Center

CBRE has negotiated a long-term, 36KSF lease at Phoenix Memorial Center. ConnectionsAZ, a physician-led company that specializes in providing emergency/crisis psychiatric services, has leased the space and will operate a patient intake center from the location.

Kate Morris and Vince Femiano with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the landlord, Memorial Key, LLC of Gilbert, Arizona. The tenant was represented by Kevin Lange with Keyser.

“Memorial Key and I really enjoyed working with ConnectionsAZ and Kevin Lange to create a new, efficient long-term home for their much-needed services,” said CBRE’s Morris. “With the MIHS urgent care already in the building, its convenient access to major highways and proximity to downtown and major hospitals, Phoenix Memorial Center really was the ideal location for this tenant.”

Connections AZ is one of the largest intake centers that specializes in mental health in the Valley. This new center will expand the company’s physical footprint by nearly three times, which will allow them to significantly increase the number of patients they are able to serve.

Phoenix Memorial Center is the former Phoenix Memorial Hospital, located at 1201 S. 7th Avenue. In the fall of 2014, Memorial Key purchased the facility with the intent of bringing new life to the former community hospital. As part of the repositioning, the property was renamed Phoenix Memorial Center.

Norman King and Larry LeSueur with Memorial Key commented, “Phoenix Memorial Hospital was a cornerstone of the community for decades. Our goal with Phoenix Memorial Center to create a community-welfare and care-center facility that will again serve and bring value to the members of the immediate community and metro area at large.”

In just five short months, the new owners and CBRE leasing team have brought the once nearly-vacant property to 95 percent occupied. In addition to the new lease with ConnectionsAZ, tenants at Phoenix Memorial Center include, Haven Behavioral Health, a geriatric in-patient psychiatric care provider; Packages from Home, a non-profit that sends care and comfort packages to deployed American military members stationed in active duty theaters around the world and facilitates activities that elevate morale of all veterans; and a Maricopa Integrated Health Systems’ urgent care and family clinic location, among others.


CBRE completes sale of Esplanade III

CBRE has negotiated the sale of Esplanade III, a 218,266-square-foot office building located at 2415 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The property was approximately 95 percent leased at time of sale.

Jim Fijan and Will Mast with CBRE’s Phoenix office negotiated the sale, along with Kevin Shannon of CBRE’s South Bay, California office. The seller was an institutional client of AEW Capital Management, L.P. The buyer was Dallas-based Crow Holdings.

“This is the highest price per square foot for a multi-tenant, class A asset since the downturn,” said CBRE’s Fijan. “Office fundamentals are improving and pricing is approaching pre-recession levels. Investors are taking notice and have shifted their attention to Phoenix, especially as pricing in coastal markets skyrockets.”

As part of the Esplanade mixed use development, Esplanade III benefits from the wealth of on-site amenities shared by the complex. MetLife, owner of the other four office buildings in the development, recently announced a refresh of the retail amenities such as new restaurants and a new common area business center. 

Developed in 1997, Esplanade III is a ten-story, class A, multi-tenant office building located in the heart of the Camelback Corridor. Ninety-five percent leased at time of sale, tenants include CBRE, Alliance Residential, Regus, Helios and Major League Baseball’s western headquarters, among others.

MG Properties buys Trillium Papago Apartments for $36M

 MG Properties Group, a private San Diego-based real estate investor and operator, has announced the acquisition of the Trillium Papago Apartments in Phoenix, Arizona.

The property consists of 270 luxury apartments built in 2007. The property features an exceptional array of common area amenities, including a resort-style pool and spa, modern fitness center, movie theater, and pool room.

The property is located north-east of Phoenix Sky-Harbor Airport, providing convenient access to multiple job corridors within the region. MGPG plans to rebrand the property as Ascent at Papago Park. Units include nine-foot ceilings, full-sized washers and dryers, and a mix of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom floor plans. 

Trillium Papago was purchased for $36,220,000 from Trillium Residential. The acquisition was financed with a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage from Fannie Mae, arranged by CBRE. 

According to Mark Gleiberman, MG Properties Group Chief Executive Officer, “This acquisition reflects our continued belief in the long term growth potential of the Phoenix market. The property’s excellent design and central location position it well to benefit from further growth in the region.”

Trillium Papago marks MG Properties Group’s fourth acquisition in the past six months.  The four acquisitions totaled approximately 700 units and $125,000,000 in combined purchase price. The company is targeting further acquisitions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. 

Vacancy rate falls to single digits for 1st time since 2008

Retail vacancy rates for Metropolitan Phoenix have fallen into the single-digit range for the first time since 2008, according to a recent retail study by CBRE’s Phoenix office. While the retail market continues to improve at a more gradual pace than previously anticipated, retail real estate experts point to the 9.6 percent vacancy rate as an important milestone and a good reflection of the economic recovery.

“Single-digit vacancy is very good news for the retail sector,” said CBRE Vice President Greg Abbott, who specializes in retail real estate services. “This number is actually telling us two things: first, existing retailers are experiencing growth and new retailers are entering the Phoenix market; and second, the positive leasing and absorption activity is resulting in an improvement in market conditions such as higher rents and lower tenant concessions.”

Abbott, who partners with Vice Presidents Chris Ryan and Bill Bones, points to the fact that metropolitan Phoenix has not experienced any substantial, new retail development since 2008 as a major factor in the falling vacancy rate. Additionally, Bones notes that a significant amount of available retail space is considered functionally obsolete. This means the amount of functional, available space is even less than the numbers show.

“Slowly, but surely, retail tenants are expanding or entering the market. However, availability in the type of space retailers are interested in is growing increasingly tight,” says Bones. “Class A space, in particular, has a high barrier to entry right now in terms of supply. Tenants are very interested in class A opportunities and they are jumping on them when they come available.”

Class B space is also seeing healthy tenant demand. While these spaces may be older, the team points to their location in neighborhood or community centers, which offers great identity and stable residential and nighttime demographics, as key benefits for tenants.

Ryan says continued, pent-up demand for A and B space will cause rental rates to rise significantly over the next couple of years, particularly if there is no substantial new development. Increased rental rates could translate to high barrier to entry for some retailers.

“We have reached a point in the market cycle where existing, useable space is being absorbed, whereas five years ago we were absorbing new space as it came online via preleased tenants. Now tenants are leasing up existing space,” notes Ryan.

CBRE Research reports that the metropolitan area has not seen more than one million square feet of new retail construction delivered to the market, year over year, in the the last five years. 2014 reported merely 285,400 square feet of new product, while 2013 saw 512,000 square feet come online. Conversely, from 2000 to 2010 metro Phoenix saw an average of 5.5 million square feet of retail product delivered annually.

So, as the amount of quality space continues to tighten and retailers experience more incremental growth, new development will be inevitable. But what does new retail development look like? And what happens to the so-called “un-useable” space?

“Those spaces that have reached or are nearing functional obsolescence will have to be repurposed for new uses such as charter schools or mini-storage or redeveloped as multi-family or office,” says Abbott. “In fact, we’re already seeing those types of projects across the Valley.”

The retail team points to examples like the former East Valley Mall at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Warner Road in Chandler, which is being repurposed from a mall into multiple new uses including a charter school, multi-family development as well as mini-storage. Additionally, Valley East Plaza, located at the northwest corner of Southern Avenue and Longmore Road, has been demolished to make way for the new Centrica office project. The shopping center, which formerly housed Bed, Bath & Beyond, Petco and Circuit City, sat vacant for more than six years before new ownership had it repositioned for office development.

As for new development, Abbott says developers today are still fairly conservative and most want a committed tenant or a solid anchor or shadow anchor prior to commencing the project.

New construction that will come online this year includes 132,000 square feet at Fashion Square Mall that’s going to be a new Harkin’s Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods location. A 75,000-square-foot neighborhood center called Silverstone at Pinnacle Peak is also under construction and will be anchored by a Sprout’s grocery. Scottsdale Quarter, which has already established itself as a retail hub, also has an additional 30,000 square feet that will come online in its new mixed-use building.

Going forward, the retail team says retail market participants will continue to keep a watchful eye on improving fundamentals and tightening supply of space.

“If vacancy in the A and B spaces continues to fall, as it has in recent quarters, development really is inevitable,” says Abbott. “I think this is an interesting point in the cycle and tenants and landlords alike could see some really great opportunities in the coming quarters.”

Chris Brozina, WEB

Generation Next: Chris Brozina, Mark-Taylor

When Chris Brozina, vice president of Mark-Taylor, worked as a broker at CBRE, his team transacted more than $1.59B of multifamily transactions in seven states. In 2011, he made the decision to move into development with Mark-Taylor. He reveals to AZRE his steps to climbing the ladder of success, while sustaining his humility and connecting with his employees on a personal level.

Have you always been interested in real estate or did you start on a different career path?
As a young person coming into the industry in 2007, right into the teeth of the Great Recession, I was a young kid who didn’t have any money and didn’t have a whole lot to lose. The timing probably allowed the opportunity to accelerate through the ranks a little faster than what otherwise would have been the case.

Where did your real estate career start?
I started as a researcher and runner in the brokerage industry. In other words, a grunt. I did a lot of research, familiarizing myself with the lingo of the industry, and made cold calls like crazy. I absolutely started in the most un-glamorous role you can start in. I’d never know at the time just how valuable that time was.

What the biggest risk you have taken in your career?
I switched careers from being a broker at a very well-respected large company to the development world and Mark-Taylor. At the time, it was a major risk personally, because I was leaving something that I was starting to see a lot of success doing and a place I was really happy, with very respected brokerage partners. I thought I was going to be a broker for the rest of my life and I treated it that way. As is usually the case, the opportunity at Mark-Taylor hit me at a time when I certainly wasn’t expecting it. It was the brokers I worked with that gave me the perspective to understand what this opportunity meant. In retrospect, there is zero question that this has been the right move for me and something I see doing for the rest of my life.

What qualities do you think successful business leaders and mentors should have?
You become a leader only because people choose to follow you. At the end of the day, you can have any title you want behind your name but if people don’t choose to follow you you’re not leading anybody. That is the way I approach everything.

What advice would you give to a college graduate wanting to work in the real estate industry?
The advice I would have above all else to new college graduates: salary should be the furthest thing from your mind and your entire focus should be on finding a company where they are willing to teach you. You’re going to meet a lot of people in this industry that are constantly sniffing around looking to move companies. I would think that attitude is a pretty big turn-off to executives. Whatever you decide to do, whether you see it as a long-term career or a short-term job, act like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life. That passion and preparation is going to be palpable and is going to bring opportunities your way that you would never find if you were out there trying to seek opportunities on your own.

Ironline Partners bringing Adaptive Reuse Project to Phoenix

Phoenix will soon see new life breathed into a warehouse property in the downtown core. The building, located at 841 E. Jefferson, was recently purchased by Ironline Partners for $3 million. The local developer has plans to convert the property into a modern, relevant space for the right tenant.

Kevin Calihan with CBRE’s Phoenix office negotiated the sale on behalf of Ironline Partners. Kevin Lange with Keyser Commercial and Rod Beach with Cresa represented the seller, Phoenix-based Jefferson Partners, LLC. Bryan Taute and Charlie von Arenstchildt, also with CBRE, will handle the marketing and leasing assignment on the redeveloped property.

841 E. Jefferson was formerly home to Goodman’s Furniture and served as a showroom and warehouse. However, Ironline Partners believes the property is ideally located for redevelopment in the dynamic central business district. Situated at the southwest corner of Jefferson Boulevard and 9th Street, the property is next door to Chase Field, right on the Metro Light Rail line and steps from numerous retail amenities.

“Downtown Phoenix has seen significant revitalization over the last several years and adaptive reuse projects like the one planned at 841 Jefferson have played a major part in that revitalization,” said Bob Karber, Principal with Ironline Partners, whose other redevelopment projects include 2828 N. Central and 111 W. Monroe, both in central Phoenix.

According to the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, more than $4 billion has been newly invested in office space, retail, restaurants, educational facilities and convention space and hotel rooms in the area. This investment has transformed Downtown Phoenix into a center for employment, education, professional sports, living, and arts and culture. The dramatic changes over the past five years are providing a surge in momentum for additional development. 841 Jefferson looks to capitalize on that momentum. 

“An economically strong central business district is a vital component to a metropolitan area’s overall economic growth,” said CBRE’s Calihan. “As people return to city centers, so do office users. 841 E. Jefferson will be able to offer employers the unique and creative office environment their target employee base is looking for. In fact, several tenants have already shown interest in the space.”

841 E. Jefferson boasts 25-foot, wood-truss ceilings and an open-concept floor plan. Initial design plans show large banks of windows and rolling-overhead glass doors to be added during renovation to ensure maximum exposure of natural light and the creation of cross-functional indoor/outdoor space.

The existing building is approximately 48,500 square feet, but development plans call for the addition of a mezzanine, which will bring the building to 60,000 square feet. The building will offer potential users heavy parking, which can often be difficult to find in urban environments. The property’s parking along with direct access to the Metro Light Rail will serve high-density users well, meaning 841 Jefferson has the potential to bring hundreds of new employees to Downtown Phoenix.

Development of 841 E. Jefferson is slated to begin this quarter.

Church turns into retail development

CBRE has completed the sale of a property located at 5601 E. Broadway Boulevard. The site, formerly home to the Christian Faith Fellowship church, has been slated for retail redevelopment. The property has commanded a sale price of $2.2 million.

Nancy McClure and John Ash with CBRE’s Tucson office negotiated the transaction on behalf the buyer, a local developer under the entity Broadway Festival, LLC, and Christian Faith Fellowship.

In December, Ash represented Christian Faith Fellowship in the acquisition of a 21,807-square-foot church property that also included two adjacent single-family residences. The property, located at 1900 N. Country Club Drive was purchased for $1.7 million.

This new location has allowed Christian Faith Fellowship to meet significant growth requirements while occupying a state-of-the-art facility and decreasing their debt obligation,” said CBRE’s Ash. “Additionally, Broadway Festival, LLC finalized a successful rezoning of the property at 5601 E. Broadway which will allow the developer to accommodate the pent-up demand for high-profile retail and restaurant uses.”

With the success of nearby Park Place Mall-area properties in their redevelopments and re-tenanting, this site is sure to be a winner. The new use will bring the site onto the City’s tax rolls, add to the job base with new employees for incoming operators, and put a fresh-face on Broadway Boulevard,” said McClure. “It’s definitely a win-win for those involved as well as the community!”

5601 E. Broadway, which sits on approximately two acres on the north side of Broadway just east of Craycroft Road, will be redeveloped into a multi-tenant retail project. The property is adjacent to the eastern boundary of 5555 Broadway, a successful retail redevelopment project that is home to Hobby Lobby, Stein Mart, Vitamin Shoppe, Mattress Firm, among others.

The 5601 site has been planned to accommodate up to three freestanding pads and has already secured its first tenant. El Pollo Loco has signed a long-term ground lease for the western-most pad. Neil Board and Brian Gausden with Western Retail represented the El Pollo Loco Corporation, while CBRE’s Ash, McClure and Michael Laatsch represented Broadway Festival, LLC in the transaction.

The remainder of the site has seen significant tenant activity and the developer hopes to announce users for the balance of the property in the near future once negotiations are completed. Redevelopment of the site is slated to begin in early March.

Apollo Corporate Headquarters Sells for $183M

CBRE has negotiated the sale of the Apollo Corporate Headquarters campus, a Class A, 599,664 square foot, three-building, single-tenant office campus located at 4025, 4035, and 4045 South Riverpoint Parkway in Phoenix for $183 million. In addition to negotiating the sale, CBRE also arranged acquisition financing of behalf of the buyer.

CBRE’s Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon in the Phoenix office, along with Kevin Shannon, Ken White, and Michael Moore in the firm’s South Bay office negotiated the sale. The team represented the seller, American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (ARCP). The buyer was Epic Apollo, LLC, coordinated by Crown Properties, Inc.

CBRE’s Capital Markets’ Debt and Structured Finance team, including Bruce Francis, Dana Summers, Bob Ybarra, and Shaun Moothart, worked on behalf of the buyer and the lender, Goldman Sachs.

“The Metropolitan Phoenix investment market continues to post significant benchmarks towards full recovery,” said CBRE’s Gabel. “This property last traded at $283 per square foot in 2011, and this most recent sale marks a 7.6 percent increase at $305 per square foot. Investors recognize momentum in the market and we expect this is just the beginning of an active and healthy 2015.”

“The sale of this property is part of our ongoing active portfolio management strategy,” explained Thomas W. Roberts, Executive Vice President, Real Estate at ARCP. “During the third quarter of 2014 we began evaluating opportunities to bring this high-quality asset to market and maximize its value, capitalizing on the increasing strength of the Phoenix commercial real estate market.”

“This is another example of the increasing investment of foreign capital in all US markets. This property provides our off shore investor the stability of a long-term, 16 year remaining, net lease with one of the largest educational companies in the world,” said Shannon. “In addition, the annual rent increases of two percent provides the investor predictable annual revenue growth over the life of the lease.”

“This transaction served as an ideal opportunity to bring together world-class sponsorship and Goldman Sachs as the lender,” said Francis. “The borrower and lender worked closely and diligently on the financing of this office campus, which serves as the World Headquarters for the Apollo Group. From loan application to loan closing, it took just over 30 days to complete the transaction.”

The Apollo Group Headquarters campus is 100 percent leased to Apollo Group, Inc., one of the nations largest providers of higher education programs for working adults. It is comprised of three office buildings, one 10-story building at 267,962 square feet and two six-story buildings each comprised of 165,851 square feet, and two multi-level parking garage structures. The campus is home to approximately 2,850 executives and employees of Apollo Group, Inc.

This state-of-the-art, institutional-quality campus is centrally located within the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is adjacent to Interstate 10, providing access to Highway 60, Interstate 17, and Loop 202 and 101 freeways. The campus is within a ten-minute drive from both downtown Phoenix and downtown Tempe, a five-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport and benefits from proximity to numerous amenities, including restaurants, hotels and a variety of retailers.

New Arizona child safety department leases 112KSF

CBRE and JLL have negotiated a new 112,323-square-foot lease at Phoenix Corporate Tower located at 3003 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. The tenant, who will be occupying space for administrative purposes, is the recently formed Arizona Department of Child Safety.


Dave Carder, Luke Walker and Eric Schultz with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the landlord, a joint venture between Colony Capital and Montana Avenue Capital. The tenant was represented by Pat Williams, Andrew Medley, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Chris Corney with JLL’s Phoenix office.


“The Midtown office market is currently experiencing a resurgence in tenant activity due to the central location, light rail access, walkable amenities, affordable rates and increased investment by multi-family and residential condo developers,” said CBRE’s Carder.


Phoenix Corporate Tower is a 445,811-square-foot26-story Class A office building in Midtown Phoenix. The landmark building, originally completed in 1965 and renovated once in 2006, has recently undergone another round of renovations. In the past 12 months the building owners invested in exterior paint, landscape improvements and upgraded modern lobby finishes. The building owners are currently in the design phase for further improvements to the common areas in and around the building.



CBRE reports southern Arizona transactions

CBRE Tucson has released the following recent transactions for Southern Arizona.

Roman Empire Investments, LLC has purchased a 6,250 sq. ft. building at 4143-4149 E. Speedway Blvd. from Commerce Bank of Arizona in Tucson. The buyer was represented by Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch with CBRE’s Tucson office. The seller was represented by Jim Marian and Juan Teran with Chapman Lindsey Commercial Real Estate. The asset commanded a $235,000 sale price.

Petsmart, Inc. has leased 6,015 sq. ft. at 7090 N. Oracle Rd. Peter Villaescusa and Jesse Peron with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord. David Uhles with Western Retail Advisors represented the tenant.

John Lebbs, CPA has leased 800 sq. ft. at 10132 N. Oracle Rd. from CJR Investments LLC. The landlord and tenant were both represented by Bruce Suppes with CBRE’s Tucson office.

El Pollo Loco, Inc. has leased 2,973 sq. ft. at 5601 E. Broadway Blvd. from Broadway Festival, in Tucson. Neil Board with Western Retail Advisors of Arizona represented the tenant. The landlord was represented by Nancy McClure, John Ash and Michael Laatsch with CBRE’s Tucson office.

CBRE Completes Sale of Rose Garden Apartment Community

CBRE has negotiated the following multi-family sales transaction:

Arcadia Place Condominiums LLC from Scottsdale, Ariz. has purchased Arcadia Rose Garden condominiums, a 30-unit multi-family property located at 3445 North 36th Street in Phoenix from TSR, Inc., also of Scottsdale. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both buyer and the seller in negotiating the $1.8 million transaction.

Sabrina Nayer Joins CBRE

CBRE has announced that Sabrina Nayer has joined the firm as its Regional Business Operations Manager for the Southwest Region. In this role she will partner with the firm’s local market and regional leadership to develop and implement strategic priorities for business operations.


”I am thrilled to welcome Sabrina to the team. She is the perfect complement to our team of best-in-class professionals,” said Cathy Teeter, CBRE’s Director of Operations for the Southwest Region. “Her years of experience coupled with deep market knowledge will make her a pivotal asset as we work to continue to provide unrivaled service to our clients. I’m looking forward to partnering with her as we develop and implement initiatives that will move us ever closer to our vision of making CBRE a world-class organization.”


Ms. Nayer returns to CBRE where she was previously a real estate manager. Most recently, she was director of operations for Healthcare Trust of America. In this role, she was responsible for providing oversight and direction for the operation of approximately 3 million SF of medical office properties in the Midwest region. Ms. Nayer has also held positions with Transwestern, CoStar Group and a local valuation and appraisal company.


Over the course of her career, Ms. Nayer has established herself as well-respected, knowledgeable and capable real estate professional. She has considerable experience successfully running profitable operations while leveraging an effective administrative infrastructure that provides superior service to colleagues and clients alike. Additionally, Ms. Nayer is heavily involved in the community and has been active in Brokers for Kids, ChildHelp USA, the Southwest Autism Research Center and the local Valley of the Sun chapter of Rebuilding Together.



Papago Arroyo, courtesy of CBRE

Papago Arroyo sells for $40.85M

CBRE announced Tuesday the sale of Papago Arroyo, a three-building office complex in Tempe. The 279,503 square foot, two-story office buildings are located at 1255, 1275, and 1295 W. Washington St. in the geographic heart of metropolitan Phoenix and Tempe office market. The asset commanded a sale price of $40.85 million.

Bob Young, Glenn Smigiel, Steve Brabant and Rick Abraham with CBRE’s Phoenix office, along with Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola with Lee & Associates, represented the seller, Greenwood & McKenzie of Tustin, Calif., in the transaction. The buyer was undisclosed.

In addition to handing the investment sale, CBRE Vice Chairman Bruce Francis and Vice President Shaun Moothart, both with the CBRE Debt & Structured Finance team, arranged the ten-year loan on behalf of the borrower. The permanent financing included five years of interest-only.

Constructed in 1998 and 96 percent leased, Papago Arroyo is part of Papago Park Center, a 350-acre infill business park with a strong corporate tenant profile, including Wells Fargo, DHL, Union Bank, State Farm, and First Solar. The Tempe submarket has a 10.3 percent vacancy rate, less than half the overall office market vacancy rate in metropolitan Phoenix. This is indicative of the strong tenant preference for a location in Tempe.

“Tempe continues to perform at the top of the metropolitan Phoenix office market. Papago Arroyo offers tenants a centralized, highly desirable location with a strong amenity base and access to one of the strongest labor pools in the Valley,” said CBRE’s Young, lead broker in the investment sale.

“The outstanding central location of the property with its close proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport and the major valley freeways made this a very desirable financing opportunity for a wide variety of lenders and will ensure the property’s ability to draw tenants and stay well-occupied into the future,” says Francis.


John Ash joins CBRE in Tucson

CBRE’s Multifamily Investment Group has announced the addition of John Ash in the company’s Tucson office.

Ash-4x6Mr. Ash will work in conjunction with Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman, who are based in company’s Phoenix office.

“We’re pleased to welcome John to the team,” said Senior Vice President Brian Smuckler. “We pride ourselves on the comprehensive, best-in-class transaction, valuation and underwriting services we offer our clients in the multifamily sector. With the addition of John, we will be better positioned to service clients located and interested in the Southern Arizona market.”

Ash will focus his attention on the Tucson multifamily market, working with clients looking to place capital in Southern Arizona. With the help of his Phoenix-based partners, he will leverage CBRE’s comprehensive Investment Properties Group platform in order to ensure his clients reach their real estate goals.

“I’m very proud of John. His extensive market knowledge and experience in investment transactions make him an excellent addition to CBRE’s Multifamily Investment Group,” said Ike Isaacson, managing director of CBRE’s Tucson office. “The greater Tucson market will greatly benefit from the highly specialized service John will provide. This will mean good things for our clients.”

Ash was promoted to Senior Associate in 2012 and over the last three years has been involved in multiple land transactions leading to the construction of nearly 2,000 beds of student housing. He is experienced in investment opportunities ranging from selling income streams of various types, directing and managing the full scope of CBRE’s brokerage services to achieve lease stabilization, infill repurposing and land acquisition and assemblage slated for development or investment.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson where he studied business administration and marketing. A varsity athlete while at UA, Ash was a member of the Wildcat men’s basketball program, including the 1997 NCAA National Championship and 2001 NCAA National Runner-Up Teams.

Mr. Smuckler and Mr. Seaman lead the Multifamily Investment Properties Group in Arizona. With over 33 years of combined experience, they provide comprehensive multifamily transaction experience to investors of B and C class multifamily properties throughout Arizona. To date, they have completed over 360 transactions accounting for more than 14,000 units and total consideration exceeding $660 million.

CBRE’s Investment Properties Group is part of CBRE Capital Markets. The platform offers customized investment sales, acquisition and recapitalization services, together with industry leading market intelligence, to provide unmatched exposure to buyers across the country. By utilizing market research, a seamless execution process and in-depth relationships, Investment Properties can anticipate trends and command capital globally.

Metro Commons

Metro Commons redevelopment sells for $7.8M

CBRE has completed the sale of Metro Commons, a multi-tenant retail center located at 3121 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix. The ±17,755-square-foot, class A retail center commanded a sale price of $7.78 million.

Andrew Fosberg, Cam Stanton, Chris Ackel and Molly Busch with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, an entity formed by Jacor Partners of Phoenix, AZ. The buyer was Brentwood, CA Roseben MC, LLC.

“Metro Commons is an excellent example of a quality, in-fill redevelopment project.  The seller tore down an old office building and turned the corner into thriving retail location,” said CBRE’s Fosberg. “The strip retail center commanded an impressive per square foot price of $438.”

Metro Commons was 100 percent leased at time of sale and home to nationally recognized tenants, including Verizon, Smashburger, The Joint, Potbelly’s, Menchie’s, Mod Pizza and Yogi’s Grill, among others. The property and its tenants benefit from excellent visibility and signage along Peoria Avenue. Metro Commons also benefits from freestanding Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks pads that shadow-anchor each side of the property.


Osborn Place apartments sell for $1.83M

CBRE has negotiated the following multi-family sales transaction:


  • Phoenix Fund IPIRG, LLC from San Diego, California has purchased Osborn Place apartment complex, a 30-unit, multi-family property located at 1414 East Osborn Place in Phoenix, Ariz. from EQ Downtown, LLC of Tempe, Ariz. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both buyer and the seller in negotiating the $1.83 million transaction.
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ARCP REIT buys gas station portfolio for $40M

CBRE has completed the sale of a twenty-four property gas station and convenience store portfolio for properties in Tucson and southern Arizona. The portfolio commanded a sale price of $39.75 million.

Pete Villaescusa and Jesse Peron in CBRE’s Tucson office represented the seller, Reay’s Ranch Investors, LLC of Tucson. The buyer was a national REIT, American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP).

Of the 24 convenience store locations, eight are in the Tucson area, and the rest are located throughout Southern Arizona. Under a new master lease agreement between ARCP and El Paso, Texas-based Western Refining, the stores will be rebranded and operate under the “Giant” moniker. In addition to the twenty four sale properties, another seven locations were leased to Western Refining for a total of thirty one new locations for their company to operate.

This sale was the culmination of tremendous efforts and cooperation between the Reay’s Ranch group, ARCP, and Western Refining,” said CBRE’s Villaescusa. “It was a very complex deal involving operating businesses, fuel supply agreements, some fee owned and some leasehold real estate, and existing inventory and employees. It will provide Western Refining with more retail outlets for their product and reward the Reay’s group for building a successful business over their operating history.”

Washington Business Park

Washington Business Park sells for $11.15M

CBRE has completed the sale of Washington Business Park located at 5324-5330 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. The ±139,196-square-foot, four-building business park commanded a sale price of $11.15 million.

Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, BREOF AIP Phoenix, LLC of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The buyer was Scottsdale-based CAM-10, LLC, an affiliate of Covington Asset Management, LLC.

Despite the fact the property is not fully stabilized, Washington Business Park attracted significant interest from local, regional and national buyers,” said CBRE’s Gabel. “This property offers tremendous opportunity for investors in the form of reliable cash flow, strong credit tenancy and upside through lease-up of remaining space.”

Washington Business Park is strategically located between the airport and Tempe and has a solid tenant lineup with nicely finished vacancies that are well positioned for lease up,” said Len Noel of CAM-10, LLC. “We are pleased to add this unique project to our existing Arizona portfolio.”

Developed in 1985 with several capital improvements made throughout the years, Washington Business Park was 72 percent occupied at time of sale. Tenants include Walgreens Drug Co., Arizona Department of Revenue and Quality Care Network, Inc. Walgreens recently expanded and extended their lease.

The property benefits from an excellent central Phoenix location and adjacency to the METRO light rail. Washington Business Park’s centralized location allows for accessibility to all major employment cores. It also features proximity to four major freeways in Loop 202, Loop 101, Interstate 10 and State Route 143.

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Florida investor buys Target, US Bank buildings

CBRE has completed the sale of two single-tenant net leased investment properties in Tempe, Ariz. The transaction included a free-standing, single-tenant Target and US Bank at the northeast corner of McClintock Drive and Baseline Road. The properties are located on a 10.02-acre corner parcel and commanded a sale price of $11.9 million representing a 5.35 percent cap rate.

Joseph Compagno with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both the buyer and the seller in the transaction. The seller was Tempe, Ariz.-based Hudson Retail Center, LLC. The buyer was Rosebud Tempe One, LLC of Palm Beach, Fla.

“Our net lease investment team continues to see a significant demand from investors for this type of real estate.  These investors are looking for less management intensive properties, best-in-credit tenancy and stable cash flow,” said Compagno. “This was a highly sought after investment. It’s an incredibly rare piece of real estate to acquire, because Target owns the majority of their real estate. We generated fifteen offers through our aggressive marketing campaign and the property sold at list price.”

Geoffrey Harris, also with CBRE’s Phoenix office, arranged acquisition financing for the purchase. The three and a half year bank loan totaled $7.8 million with an interest rate of 2.91 percent and 25 year amortization.

The investment consists of triple net leases with Target Corporation and US Bank. Target has occupied its building since 1988, their building was constructed in 1974. The property is strategically located in a densely populated area that is home to approximately 157,465 residents in three miles and 353,705 residents within a five mile radius. The area also boasts a large employment center with approximately 160,000 jobs within three miles and 515,083 jobs within a five mile radius. Major employers in the area include Intel, Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges, among others.