Monday, February 17, 2020

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Seven Lease Deals Totaling 90,000 SF Signed at Equus Capital Properties in PA

by John Jordan
Equus Capital Partners of Newtown Square, PA has secured seven new lease deals at its 440 and 460 East Swedesford Road office buildings here that totaled 90,137 square feet of space

There were four new lease deals and three renewals. The largest transactions were renewals by Genex totaling 50,037 square feet at 440 East Swedesford Road and Tekni-Lex’s 17,219-square-foot renewal at 460 Swedesford Place. The Provident Bank also signed a lease renewal for its 3,350-square-foot operations at 460 Swedesford Road.

Western & Southern Life Insurance Company (4,545, square feet), Kelley Jasons McGowan Spinelli Hanna & Reber, LLP (4,172 square feet), FRS Capital Management (3,947 square feet) and Transparent Health Marketplace (6,867 square feet) all signed new office deals at 460 East Swedesford Road.
Equus Capital Partners, which acquired the two, Class A office buildings in early 2018 from Liberty Property Trust, repositioned the assets and invested significant capital on renovations to both interior and exterior features, as well as the enhancement of amenity spaces and building systems.

“Credit to Equus for taking two outdated buildings in a premier location and turning them into two of the top office properties in the East Swedesford Road corridor. A new grand, three-story glass entrance with exposed stairs and glass railings was constructed at both properties and all new finishes in the lobbies, restrooms and corridors were added, plus a Fooda concept for on-site dining. With these improvements, existing and new tenants saw the value at 440 and 460 East Swedesford Road.”

The two buildings, totaling 149,450 sq. ft. of office space, are located in Tredyffrin Township with no earned income or business privilege taxes. Additionally, the properties are in proximity to the King of Prussia Town Center and the King of Prussia Mall and offer access to Routes 202, 252, 422, Interstate 76 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Earlier this month,  an affiliate of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. acquired The Reserve at Bridford, a 232-unit garden-style multi-family community located in Greensboro, NC. The acquisition was made on behalf of Equus Investment Partnership XI, L.P. (“Fund XI”), a fully discretionary $382-million value-add equity fund managed by Equus. Madison Apartment Group, L.P., the multi-family operating arm of Equus, will manage the community.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

PREIT Inks 150,000 SF of Leases at Redeveloped Properties

by John Jordan
Locally-based PREIT reports it has signed more than 150,000 square feet of new leases at four of its redeveloped shopping centers.

A total of more than a dozen tenants will open in the next six months at its Woodland Mall, Willow Grove Park, Plymouth Meeting and Valley Mall properties.
“In an ever-evolving retail environment, our redevelopments continue to attract a unique tenant mix geared toward current consumer preferences that both refresh our properties and improve our portfolio,” says Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “PREIT has been at the forefront of shaping the consumer experience, recently completing several high-impact redevelopments that are expected to fuel growth and create value within the portfolio demonstrated by the continuous addition of high-quality, diverse tenants.”

This year, Sephora, White House|Black Market, Windsor Fashion, Champs Sports and Aeropostale will open at the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, MI. Specialty grab-and-go options, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba will also open this spring. The new tenants will bring 20,000 square feet of new retail and dining at the mall.

Woodland Mall opened its expansion wing in October 2019, which resulted in double-digit traffic growth over the recent holiday season.

At the Willow Grove Park Mall located north of Philadelphia, the newly-added Yard House will be joined by new dining and snack options including &Pizza, Häagen-Dazs, and Dunkin’, as well as Studio Movie Grille, which will open this spring. LUSH will also join the tenant roster, further strengthening the property’s retail line-up that includes one of two Bloomingdale’s and Primark locations in the Philadelphia metro.

In first half of 2020 at the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting, PA, Sola Salon Studios, Ideal Image and Restore Hyper Wellness and Cryotherapy will complete the open-air plaza connecting the newly-added anchors, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Burlington to the lifestyle wing anchored by Whole Foods.
In Hagerstown, MD, the Valley Mall will welcome Dick’s Sporting Goods this spring, replacing the former Sears space and completing PREIT’s anchor repositioning initiative at the property. Dick’s Sporting Goods will occupy 59,000 square feet and complement the property’s other new and diverse anchor tenants: Onelife Fitness, Belk and Tilt. Regal Cinema will complete its full-scale renovation this year as well, PREIT reports.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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American College of Radiology Inks Deal at Two Liberty Place

by John Jordan
The American College of Radiology has signed a lease for more than 10,000 square feet of space at the Two Liberty Place office tower here.

The American College of Radiology is scheduled to relocate operations this month from its offices at 1818 Market St. to the 28th floor of the 57-story Center City property.

“ACR has roughly 150 employees in the Philadelphia region, many of whom work remotely. This relocation provides the client with the opportunity to shed excess space and enhance the way the office operates. The group will leverage the consolidated, open-concept floorplate and move to a flexible hoteling solution with reservation-based unassigned seating. The efficient footprint allows ACR to significantly reduce annual overhead costs over the course of the lease.”
The relocation and shift in office format will allow ACR to reduce its Philadelphia real estate by a third, Savills states.

The space will be built out and designed to suit the organization’s specific needs. Utilizing a more efficient layout, the new hoteling concept will accommodate approximately 50 employees.

Charles Apgar, executive vice president, ACR, says, “After being in the last location for 15 years, we now have a workplace strategy that aligns with the ACR’s culture and positioning, as well as an engaging environment for our employees and guests.”
ACR, which is headquartered in Reston, VA, is a membership organization of approximately 40,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.