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Spec Is Back; The Deal Sheet

Foundation Medicines nearly 62k SF lease at 150 Second St in East Cambridge (announced yesterday by developer-owner Skanska USA Commercial Development) signals the success of what has been a rare phenomenon: a CRE spec project.

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The cancer research firm, expanding in a relo from One Kendall Square, reflects the draw of this submarket for life science and tech tenants, Skanska EVP Shawn Hurley tells us. Skanska began construction on the $70M, 123k SF building in October 11 (its first development in Cambridge) without an anchor tenant.Its near MIT, Harvard, Boston hospitals, and a knowledge-based workforce. The three-story building is LEED Gold certifiable. Foundation has an option to take more space in the future. Skanska has another US spec project under way, a 300k SF office in Houstons Galleria submarket. JLLs John Osten, Peter Bekarian and Dan Kollarrepped Skanska and Richards Barry Joyce repped the tenant.

LEASING

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McCue Corp leased 18k SF at 13 Centennial Dr in Peabody from Cabot Properties. Lincoln Property Cos Rob Cronin repped the landlord of the 135k SF flex building. Colliers repped the tenant, a damage prevention equipment specialist firm, in the relo from its long-time office in Salem.

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Emerson Hospital is leasing nearly 81k SF at 300 Baker Ave in Concord from Normandy Real Estate Partners. The full-service, non-profit community hospital renewed its existing 45k SFlease of office space, and signed for an additional 36k SF, bringing the building occupancy to nearly 80%. Cassidy Turleys Duncan Gratton and Kate McGovern repped the landlord. Avison Youngs Jack Kerrigan and Steve Cook repped the hospital.

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Basis Technology, Belmont Technology, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and Permabit Technology leased a total of 38k SF at One Alewife Center in Cambridge from Brookwood Financial Partners in four separate leases. NGKFs Ryan Weber, Douglas Adamian and Ellen Fantini Cullinan repped the landlord. In an expansion, Basis took 18.4k SF, Belmont nearly 5,000 SF, CDA 2,657 and Permabit nearly 12k SF.

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The Big Picture-- leasing in the Financial District during Q1 outpaced the Seaport (which has a smaller supply) with 278k SF versus 125k SF of positive net absorption, Colliers reported yesterday. The downtown vacancy rate stood at 12.7% at year-end. Overall in Q1, the metro area saw 800k SF of net absorption, bringing the vacancy rate down to 16.9% from 17.2%.

SALES

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Qianlong Management paid $7.5M ($235,937/unit) to True North Capital Partners for 256 Parker Hill Ave and 197 Calumet, which have 32 rental apartments on Mission Hill near the Longwood Medical Area. Boston Realty Advisors Christopher Sower and Jason Weissman repped the seller.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Hines and Boston Properties closed on a $192M land acquisition at 101 First St in San Francisco, paying about $4k/SF to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority for the parcel where theyll build the tallest tower on the West Coast, 1,070 feet. They broke ground there last week to develop the 1.4M SF Transbay Transit Tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

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The $300M, 1.2M SF garage and 112k SF customer service building being developed by MassPort at Logan International Airport hit its topping-off milestone recently. The facility being built by Suffolk Construction will be the single location housing all rental car companies and their vehicles serving the airport plus their maintenance and storage areas.

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The Flatley Co is planning to build a 514-apartment complex at 600 Crown Colony Dr in Braintree composed of six three-story buildings on 20 acres with a pool, tennis courts and clubhouse. Tomorrow there will be a community meeting to discuss the proposal, which will come before the Planning Board on April 10.

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Stonebridge, 110 units of seniors housing in Burlington developed by the Northbridge Co, willofficially open tomorrow. Designed by The Architectural Teamwith Group One Partners it includes 84 independent assisted-living apartments with 26 private and semi-private memory care apartments.

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Next week, a 31k SF Whole Foods Market is slated to open on Beacon St in Brookline, replacingJohnnies Foodmaster. Last fall, Johnnies closed its 10 stores and Whole Foods purchased six of its leases for $30M. Since then, Stop & Shop acquired the Johnnies lease at 105 Alewife Brook Pkwy in Somerville and another in Medford for an undisclosed amount.


EXECS ON THE MOVE

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Meghan Perlow has been appointed director of interior design by Arrowstreet to provide interior design quality control, expertise, and leadership. She has extensive experience ranging from retail to hospitality to office. Shes now working on the Center for Executive Education at Babson College and New Frontier Housing on Long Island.

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