This Week's Chicago Deal Sheet
Chicago-based The Habitat Co. received approval from the city’s Planning Commission to move forward with plans for a $200M, 10-acre mixed-use project in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.
The project is a partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, Sinai Health System, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and the city of Chicago. Known as Ogden Commons, the development will offer mixed-income rental housing, retail and commercial space.
Located on the former site of the CHA’s Lawndale development, the project will transform 10 acres of mostly vacant property near Douglas Park into 120K SF of commercial and retail space plus hundreds of mixed-income housing units. Habitat President Matt Fiascone said Ogden Commons will give the neighborhood, which already hosts Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Sinai Health System, a much-needed economic boost.
The company will develop Ogden Commons in several phases. The first phase will have 45K SF of commercial space, 15K SF of retail space and some of the planned residences. Construction on the commercial space will begin during Q2 2019 with the residential work to follow. Habitat officials said they should complete the entire development in 2021. Cinespace and Sinai will occupy a significant portion of the commercial space, expanding on their current locations on Ogden Avenue across from the site. The Cinespace studio is home to a number of TV shows and movies, such as "Empire," "Chicago Fire" and "Divergent."
Irvine Company Office Properties has named Maggie Brophy senior leasing manager for its Chicago portfolio, which includes trophy skyscrapers One North Wacker, 300 North LaSalle and 71 South Wacker. Prior to joining Irvine, Brophy served as a leasing director with the Telos Group, where she focused on specialized leasing assignments and oversaw the $600M redevelopment, repositioning and leasing of Willis Tower. She was responsible for 1.3M SF of leasing transactions during her final two years at Telos.
The office investment sales team of Paul Lundstedt, Dan Deuter, Tom Sitz and Cody Hundertmark just joined Cushman & Wakefield’s national capital markets practice, which focuses on institutional clients and gateway markets. They are accompanied by investment, analyst and client service professionals Jeremiah Olsen, Ben Foley, Matt Knoff and Debbie Leon. The team will collaborate with the firm’s capital markets and office leasing teams in Chicago and across the Midwest, supporting the company’s investor services business.
Principle Construction Corp. hired Brad Rostron as an assistant project manager. He was previously a project engineer at Tank Industry Consultants.
Cawley Chicago brought on Mike Harvey, JJ Bliss and Robert Dixon as senior vice presidents. Officials from the Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based firm said the move expands its capital markets brokerage capabilities and the ability to provide creative financing services, including debt and equity placement. In the last year, the company has added brokers and services and opened a downtown office.
New York-based DRA Advisors and Northbrook, Illinois-based Pine Tree acquired The Shops at Kildeer, a 171K SF shopping center in the affluent Chicago suburb of Kildeer, for $32.5M. Located approximately 33 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the center was developed in 2001 and is anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta Beauty, Michael’s and Old Navy. CBRE's George Good brokered the deal. Wells Fargo provided financing that was arranged by William Barry of Draper and Kramer.
Bridge Development Partners purchased 133 North Swift Road in suburban Addison. Newmark Knight Frank’s Corey Chase and David Stremler represented the seller of the 87K SF industrial building, and completed a long-term lease renewal that will keep the property at full occupancy. The lease was signed by Associated Material Handling Industries Inc., a supply chain solutions firm and distributor of lifting equipment.
Related Midwest opened the doors of One Bennett Park in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, welcoming the first residents to the 279-unit, 70-story high-rise. It is the city’s first residential tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The developer has unveiled two levels of indoor amenity space, as well as two model units by Chicago-based luxury interior design firm Soucie Horner Ltd., and a lobby art installation by Chicago-based mixed-media artist Nick Cave. The property includes the adjacent Bennett Park — a 1.7-acre green space by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm behind Maggie Daley Park and The 606.
The Habitat Co. completed a 13-month, $16M acquisition and rehabilitation of a 153-unit single room occupancy community in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. The company developed East Park SRO, at 3300 West Maypole Ave., in 1994 and has managed the community ever since. Project-based Housing Choice Vouchers will continue to be applied to 100% of the units, ensuring their long-term affordability. Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin, city officials, Habitat team members and residents of East Park.
Trammell Crow will begin construction this month on a Class-A, 300K SF office tower at 1375 West Fulton Market in Chicago’s rapidly expanding Fulton Market neighborhood. The 14-floor tower will include 15K SF of ground-floor space for retail and restaurants. The company expects it will finish the fully financed building in the first quarter of 2020. CBRE's Sara Spicklemire and Kelsey Scheive will lease and market the building. Trammell Crow and CBRE will unveil additional details about the property’s design and tenant amenities in December.
Panattoni Development acquired a 53.45-acre site on Orchard Gateway Boulevard in suburban Aurora, adjacent to Orchard Road and Interstate 88. It plans to develop Orchard Gateway, a 764K SF speculative Class-A warehouse distribution facility. It will be the largest active construction project in the I-88 Corridor, and one of the largest industrial buildings constructed to date within the submarket. Colliers International Chicago’s Brian Kling and Reed Adler represented Panattoni. The developer plans to finish the building by the third quarter of next year.
Square Mile Capital Management originated a $149M loan secured by The Gallery on Wells, a 40-story, 442-unit multifamily building in Chicago’s River North submarket. Magellan Development Group, Wanxiang America Real Estate Group, MAC Management and Strand Advisors developed the building in 2017. The financing was used to repay existing debt and preferred equity on the asset. Peter Marino and Molly Green of CBRE’s Capital Markets Group in Chicago arranged the debt.
THIS AND THAT
Chicago’s industrial market had a great third quarter, according to a new report from Colliers International. Leasing velocity increased for the second quarter in a row, with new leases and lease expansions totaling 10.1M SF. That is the most since 2015, and the overall vacancy rate ticked down to just 6.4%.