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The Village of Schaumburg wants to find a master developer to create a 23-acre, mixed-use entertainment district within its 90 North District, where UrbanStreet Group has already begun developing Veridian, a 225-acre mixed-use project.

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Renaissance Hotel and Schaumburg Convention Center

Interested parties have until Aug. 9 to submit a Qualification Statement, and must register to submit a statement by July 19.

The 90 North District consists of two subdistricts on both sides of Meacham Road between Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and Algonquin Road: 90 North District West and 90 North District East. Veridian lies on the western half, the former site of Motorola Solutions’ campus.  

Existing anchors at 90 North include Zurich Insurance Group’s North America headquarters on the western side, and Schaumburg Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel on the east.

Approved projects or those under construction include: Element at Veridian, a 260-unit apartment building; Harbor Chase, a 110-unit assisted living and memory-care facility; Topgolf entertainment center; and The Boler Co.’s global headquarters, a 180K SF office building.

EXECS

Cushman & Wakefield Executive Managing Director Debra Moritz was elected to serve on the International Women’s Forum Chicago 2019-20 board of directors. The invitation-only organization has more than 7,000 members from 33 nations. The IWF Chicago forum includes about 200 local leaders from business, the arts, academia and nonprofit fields.

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Perkins Coie added Kevin Kolton to its construction practice as a partner in its Chicago office. He joined from Schiff Hardin, where he was a partner and formerly the deputy practice leader of its construction practice. To accommodate its growth in the Chicago area, the firm will move to a larger office space at 110 North Wacker Drive in 2021.

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Essex Realty Group principal James Darrow has been selected to serve as president of the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago, an honorary society of builders, developers, managers and principals of real estate.

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Craig Cudzilo joined Newmark Knight Frank’s Chicago office as director of management services. Cudzilo will help oversee NKF’s third-party asset management portfolio throughout Chicago. He joins NKF after serving nearly 10 years in the U.S. Army as an engineer, and 13 years working in commercial real estate including stints at JLL, Behringer Harvard, CBRE and Lincoln Property Co.

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Spaces Real Estate launched a new multifamily sales division, Spaces Invest. Brokers Julia Stoner and Roman Serra will spearhead the division, and focus primarily on premium rental markets, brokering the sale of assets ranging from two- and three-flats to larger courtyard buildings with as many as 100 units. The new division will also specialize in redevelopment opportunities. To date, Spaces Invest has sold 15 properties collectively valued at more than $20M.

FrozenAssets
555 Northwest Ave., Northlake, Ill.

LEASES

CBRE’s  Steve Livaditis represented Frozen Assets LLC in a 124K SF lease at 555 Northwest Ave. in suburban Northlake. CBRE’s John Suerth and Jason Lev represented ownership, Bridge Development Partners. Frozen Assets is a third-party provider of temporary storage, packing, labeling and logistics for the cold storage industry. According to a recent CBRE report, Illinois is one of the top 10 markets nationally for cold storage. 

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224 South Michigan Avenue Chicago
224 South Michigan Ave.

Savills’ Robert Savim, Eric Feinberg and Joe Learner completed a long-term lease restructuring and renewal for the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The global architecture firm will occupy 56K SF in the 17-story, 378K SF Railway Exchange Building at 224 South Michigan Ave. in Chicago’s East Loop. SOM has been a tenant in the mixed-use office tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for nearly 28 years and will continue to occupy floors five, nine and 10. The University of Notre Dame’s endowment fund owns the building and was represented by JLL’s Gary Kostecki and Mark Georgas.

CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Montgomery Condominium Association completed the first phase of the revitalization project for its building at 500 West Superior St. in River North, the former Montgomery Ward tower. This phase focused on the 24K SF North Lawn Patio, which now offers gas grills and a variety of seating options including dining, café and fire pit arrangements surrounded by greenery and a grove of trees. Dirk Denison Architects, working in conjunction with Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, designed the new space.

SALES

A 38K SF Class-B medical office property at 6800 Main St. in the southwest Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, known as Greenbriar Medical Office, will sell at auction July 31. Mission Capital, and the team of Will Sledge, Kyle Kaminski and Rob Beyer, will market the auction on behalf of the seller on the RealINSIGHT Marketplace platform.

The property has been renovated several times with the most recent capital improvements occurring in 2018, including a new roof and HVAC system and modernization of the elevator systems. Grove Dental Associates P.C. has been the largest and longest-term tenant in the building. It began operations in 1972, and has a lease term through 2024. The bidding window will open on July 29 and close on July 31.

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Essex
The Parker in Park Ridge

The Parker, a 46-unit new construction property in suburban Park Ridge, has sold for $15M. All 46 units are two-bedroom, two-bathroom homes. The building is walking distance to the downtown area as well as the Park Ridge Metra Station. Completed in 2016, it was developed by a joint venture of CA Residential and Orchard Development Group. Essex Realty Group’s Jim Darrow, Jordan Gottlieb and Jordan Multack represented CA Residential and Orchard, and Doug Imber, Kate Varde and Clay Maxfield represented the buyer, a private investor in a 1031 exchange.

THIS AND THAT

JLL closed its acquisition of HFF, a firm that had more than $650M in revenue in 2018 and approximately 1,050 employees. With the acquisition complete, Mark Gibson, former CEO of HFF, joins JLL as CEO, Capital Markets, Americas and co-chair of its Global Capital Markets Board. This acquisition was unanimously approved by each company's board of directors in March. HFF, now wholly owned by JLL, will do business as JLL. HFF’s common stock ceased trading and was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $1.8B, consisting of a combination of cash and JLL stock.