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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute building sells for $6M in Deer Valley

CBRE has completed the sale of the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Building located at 2932 W. Deer Valley Rd. in Phoenix. The 41,739-square-foot technical training facility commanded a sale price of $5.975 million.

Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, 2932 DVR, LLC. The buyer, Hyperion Fund, LP, was represented by Eric Wichterman and Mike Coover with Cassidy Turley.

Deer Valley is a prime area for large corporate users like Universal Technical Institute’s Motorcyle Mechanics Institute. Investment opportunities like this are unique and sought after because the asset provides the opportunity to acquire a well-located, 100 percent triple-net leased facility with a strong-credit tenant on a long-term lease,” said CBRE’s Gabel.

The MMI Building is 100 percent leased to UTI on a long term lease. It is one of three buildings that comprise the MMI campus. The building is located on Deer Valley Road, the main street serving the market, and half mile west of the Interstate 17. The property also benefits from its adjacency to numerous retail services, residential neighborhoods including multi-family developments and other strong corporate users.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., UTI, a NYSE (UTI) publically traded company, is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers in automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. UTI has more than 170,000 graduates from 11 locations througout the country within its 48 year history.

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

It takes two

Valley principals host young professionals in inaugural advocates program

A look around the room at a Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast (FMB) reveals a who’s who of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. You’ll see seasoned professionals sitting next to up-and-comers, and though these are an effective networking tool, Valley Partnership took the concept to the next level.

It created the Valley Partnership Advocates Program for young professionals. The program is a nine-month-long course for a “class” of 20 people under the age of 35 to meet with a new industry leader every month.

The inaugural program began last August and has included sessions hosted by prominent figures from DMB Associates, Inc., Vestar, Arizona State Land Department, Ryan Companies, Sunbelt Holdings, Evergreen Development, ASU and Macerich/WDP Partners. Many of the sessions were hosted by board members, including one held during a board meeting. “I did not understand the power of Valley Partnership and the people behind it until I attended that board meeting,” says advocate Nicole Mass, 35, Kitchell’s director of marketing.

The feeling is mutual. Bruce Pomeroy, founding principal at Evergreen Devco, has worked in the industry for 40 years. During that time, he has trained many young hires and has taught classes for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Pomeroy says of the session he hosted at Centerpointe in Goodyear that “the ‘students’ were very engaged and asked good questions.”

“I believe the most important issue was that the advocates wanted to spend more time with the developers during each monthly event,” says Vice President and General Counsel to Maven Universal Brett Hopper, who helped design the program. “We want to provide the advocates a greater opportunity to interact with senior executives and create long-lasting relationships.”

Stephanie Stephens, 27, marketing and project coordinator at Buesing, says the mentors emphasized the importance of getting involved in the real estate community. That typically starts with something as simple as the monthly Valley Partnership breakfasts, where Stephens heard about the program. Easton Mullen, 37, started his general contracting company Mullen Construction and Development in 2006 and has since built capital with the goal of becoming a developer. The advocates program, he says, created a foundation of contacts to use while his company evolves. “You can’t call these people up on the phone,” he says, “but if you’re part of the program, you can.”

The mentors encouraged community involvement and engagement within Valley Partnership’s committees and leadership roles. CBRE Sales Assistant Chris Marchildon, 28, was approached by board members at the suggestion of CBRE Executive Vice President Barry Gabel, about joining Valley Partnership’s Advocates Program.

sidebar“One of the first things I was told in this business was to ‘be a sponge,’” he says. “The second was to develop as many good relationships as you can along the way. Through the program, I was certainly provided the opportunity to learn success stories from the ground up as well as the chance to ‘soak up’ as much information as I could.”

Recent Denver transplant Kelly Kaminskas, 34, senior vice president at FirstBank, used the advocates program as an introduction to the industry. “It would have taken me years to piece together the information I received by being part of this group,” she says.

Tuition is $150. Applications are available on Valley Partnership’s website through July.

CBRE sells two Class-A offices for $44M in Scottsdale

92 Mountain View, located at 10001 N. 92nd St. in Scottsdale.

92 Mountain View, located at 10001 N. 92nd St. in Scottsdale.

CBRE has negotiated the sale of two premier class A office buildings in the Phoenix metro area for a total consideration of $44.15 million. The sale included the ±106,931-square-foot Scottsdale Gateway I, located at 9201 E. Mountain View Rd. in Scottsdale, and the ±116,200-square-foot 92 Mountain View, located at 10001 N. 92nd St. in Scottsdale.

Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon with CBRE’s Phoenix office, along with Kevin Shannon, Ken White and Michael Moore in CBRE’s Los Angeles office, brokered the transaction between the sellers, TR Scottsdale Gateway I Corp. and TR 92 Mountain View Corp., and Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. of Los Angeles. Jenifer Ratcliffe and Erin Curry with Chicago-based LPC Realty Advisors were also involved in the transaction on behalf of the seller. Equus Capital Partners purchased the properties for a total consideration of $44.15 million.

Bryan Taute with CBRE’s Phoenix office has been awarded the marketing and leasing. Equus Capital Partners has also retained CBRE to handle property management.

Scottsdale Gateway I, located at 9201 E. Mountain View Rd.

Scottsdale Gateway I, located at 9201 E. Mountain View Rd.

“We are pleased to add these two well-leased, class A office properties to our existing Scottsdale portfolio,” said Jonathan Praw, vice president and head of Equus Capital Partner’s West Coast Regional Office, who oversaw the transaction for the firm, “This investment presents the opportunity to acquire institutional grade assets at an attractive basis in a strong infill location.”

“Interest in these two assets was exceptionally high given their strong leasing history. Both properties are located in a dynamic infill location and each has averaged 90 percent occupancy for the past ten years due to being surrounded by strategic economic engines such as Scottsdale Healthcare’s Shea Medical Campus and the CVS Caremark Corporate Campus,” said CBRE’s Gabel. “In addition, the properties are both in excellent condition, boast exceptional parking and are adjacent to abundant retail services and the Loop 101 Freeway.”

Built in 1998, Scottsdale Gateway I is a two-story, class A office building located directly across from the ±433-bed Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital and Medical Campus. The property is 91 percent leased to five, high-quality tenants, including Matrix Medical Network, Grand Canyon University, Scottsdale Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, SimonMed Imaging and Q Vision. Each of the tenants benefits from its proximity to a major hospital and medical campus.

Built in 1996, 92 Mountain View is also a two-story, class A office building with proximity to Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital and Medical Campus. The property is fully leased to CVS Caremark, the largest pharmacy healthcare provider in the United States and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation headquarters, a group of world class medical centers within Metropolitan Phoenix.

Both properties benefit from surrounding amenities including dining, shopping, golf resorts and executive housing, as well as close proximity to the Loop 101 Freeway.