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Investors are still jumping at opportunities to quickly create new rental apartments through condo deconversions. Chicago-based North Park Ventures recently paid $17M for 2730-66 Hampton Parkway, a condo property near Northwestern University in Evanston, and plans to convert its 91 units into rentals. It was the largest condo or apartment building sold in Evanston since 2018 by unit count, according to CoStar, with a per-unit sale price of about $187K.

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2730-66 Hampton Parkway in Evanston.

Although the Chicago City Council reformed the deconversion process last year and required potential buyers to convince 85% of the owners before a condo sale can go forward, 75% support is required in the rest of the state.   

Interra Realty’s Pat Kennelly and Paul Waterloo helped 2730-66 Hampton Parkway’s condo association navigate the deconversion process, while Interra’s David Goss and Jon Morgan assisted North Park Ventures.  

“Evanston, in particular, has proven popular with renters due to its vibrant downtown and easy access to Northwestern University,” Kennelly said. “While the suburb has seen some new apartment construction in recent years, Evanston has a number of older condo and apartment buildings that can be renovated and competitively priced for an attractive return.”

“We’re big believers in the future of the rental market, including in the suburbs, and on identifying properties where there is an opportunity to add value,” North Park Ventures’ Rob Sekula said.

EXECS

Mark Barnes joined Bender Cos. as Chicago-based director of investments and plans to help expand the firm’s Midwest multifamily portfolio. Barnes was previously a director in JLL's Chicago office, as well as HFF before it was acquired by JLL. He focused on multifamily investment sales and equity raises and participated in more than $2B in transactions.

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Skender hired Boris Hornjak as vice president of commercial construction. He has 34 years of large-project experience and recently completed the Bank of America Tower, a 1.4M SF, 35-story mixed-use and Class-A office tower in Houston, as well as an 811K SF, 533-key JW Marriott hotel in Nashville. Hornjak joins Skender from Batten Shaw Construction in Nashville and has previously worked at Skanska, Turner Construction and Morse Diesel International.

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Proper Title, a Palatine, Illinois-based title insurance agency, promoted Kathy Kwak to executive vice president of operations and counsel. Kwak will manage its processing, closing and overall operations. The firm also hired Zjacobe Snyder as senior escrow officer in its Loop office.

Prior to joining Proper Title in 2017, Kwak served as underwriting counsel for Near North Title Group and First American Title Insurance Co. Snyder spent 12 years as an escrow officer at Fidelity National Title Insurance Co.

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General contractor Principle Construction Corp. promoted five employees to management and senior management positions: James Molzahn to vice president of finance, Mark Frane to director of field operations, Darrin Dehmlow to director, Matt Cotherman to senior project manager and Jon Anderson to project manager. The five have each worked at Principle for at least three years and collectively have worked at the firm for more than 40 years.

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640 North Central Ave. in Wood Dale, Ill.

SALES

Denver-based Black Creek Group purchased 640 North Central Ave., a 159K SF industrial building in suburban Wood Dale, from Crow Holdings Capital. The new building is 100% vacant, has never been occupied and is for lease.

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NelsonHill sold the 96K SF 4200 West Belmont Ave. to NOAH Properties for $4.15M after an 18-month rezoning process. The former manufacturing facility was originally home to Lorraine Lingerie, then became multitenant retail, featuring Family Dollar and Bargains in a Box.

NelsonHill purchased the building three years ago and planned to convert it into multitenant flex space. But the firm realized the building needed too much work and before it committed to a major redevelopment, NOAH Properties offered to buy it, NelsonHill’s Mark Nelson told Bisnow.

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Transmission Parts and Technology sold its 33K SF building at 740 Green St. in suburban Bensenville to Prologis. The industrial REIT plans to redevelop the site along with an adjacent property. Prologis also acquired 8 acres nearby to combine with the properties to create a larger development. Brown Commercial Group’s Trinity Scurto represented TPT, while Thomas Rodero and Jonathan Kohn of Colliers International represented Prologis.

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A fund manager sold for $3.45M a 38K SF single-tenant office property occupied by the Illinois Department of Human Services at 1642 West 59th St. in Chicago. Marcus & Millichap’s Adrian Mendoza, Austin Weisenbeck and Sean Sharko marketed the property on behalf of the seller and secured the buyer, a private investor.

LEASES

H. Betti Industries Inc. signed a new 41K SF lease at 350 North York Road in Bensenville. HBI will consolidate two of its existing operations, a 25K SF distribution center in Bensenville and a smaller location in Wood Dale, at the new location on Aug. 1. Colliers International | Chicago’s John D’Orazio represented HBI, which distributes amusement, vending and audiovisual equipment. The Prologis-owned building features 32-foot clear ceiling height.

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Superior Felt & Filtration signed a lease expansion for 75K SF at 1359 Ridgeview in McHenry, a 218K SF former Motorola production site now owned by Midwest Industrial Funds. SFF is a felt and filtration product manufacturer that supplies the U.S. government and other customers and has been ramping up production due to the pandemic. Entre Commercial Realty’s Dan Benassi, Dan Jones and Sam Deihs represented SFF.

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E.J. Basler Co. in Schiller Park.

CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

General contractor Summit Design + Build completed the adaptive reuse of an industrial building for E.J. Basler Co. in Schiller Park. The project included the selective demolition and renovation of a warehouse to make way for a new 33K SF manufacturing facility. Amstadter Architects served as the project architect.

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Developer CEDARst Cos. began resident move-ins on July 1 at The Duncan after a historic renovation project. Stretching across two city blocks, the complex at 1515 West Monroe St. once served as the YMCA/YWCA regional headquarters and will have 260 units when complete later this year. The building was added to the city’s list of Chicago Landmarks in 2019.

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J.C. Anderson completed a 23K SF office renovation project that expanded OppLoans’ footprint within 130 East Randolph St. in Chicago. The financial technology platform now has space on the 26th and 33rd floors. The construction team was led by John Angelovich and Mike Diduch. Eastlake Studio provided the architectural services, and Cushman & Wakefield provided project management services.

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LFI’s Bailly Ridge development.

Principle Construction Corp. completed the construction of an 879K SF spec warehouse in Monee, a joint venture with LFI Location Finders International and DeBartolo Development. The building, which was built on a 61-acre site, is a half-mile from the new Amazon e-commerce building on Monee-Manhattan Road. The facility has a 36-foot clear height. The project architect was Harris Architects. CBRE’s Traci Payette and Stephanie Park are listing the facility.

THIS AND THAT

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago announced the following four buildings received “The Outstanding Building of the Year” Award:

  • Corporate Facility: 110 North Carpenter, managed by Sterling Bay Property Management.
  • Renovated Building: 1 North Dearborn, managed by MB Real Estate and owned by Beacon Capital Partners and MetLife.
  • 100K SF to 250K SF: 1515 West Webster, managed by Sterling Bay Property Management.
  • 500K SF to 1M SF: 401 North Michigan, managed by Zeller Management Corp. and owned by W-Z NMA Holdings VIII L.P. and Invesco Real Estate.

Award winners were announced during BOMA International’s virtual 2020 Every Building Conference & Expo.