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Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. Sportswear-Maker Puma to Open New York Flagship
    Germany’s Puma has signed a lease deal to creating a marquee location on Fifth Avenue that will be the first of its kind for the company in North America.
  2. Kushner Cos., Brookfield Near a Deal for Stake in 666 Fifth Ave.
    The real estate arm of Brookfield Asset Management is in advanced talks with Kushner Cos. to buy roughly a 50% stake in 666 Fifth Ave. and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Manhattan office tower, which has been at the center of a controversy over possible conflicts of interest involving Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.
  3. Sign of the Times: New Office Space Created in Retail's Tumult
    Normandy Real Estate Partners’ $133 million deal for the upper portion of ABC Carpet’s flagship store is an example of office space edging into territory that once was retail’s domain.
  4. Want to Buy a Luxury Hotel in the U.S.? Try China's Insurance Regulator
    When Chinese regulators seized control of Anbang Insurance, they took ownership of more than a dozen luxury U.S. hotels. Now, as the government looks to sell, it faces a problem: The buildings likely are worth less than what Anbang paid only a couple of years ago.
  5. New York's Commercial Property Slump Shows Signs of Slowing
    After a two-year plunge, brokers are optimistic that more deals will take place in 2018.
  6. NYC Council Stops Midtown Tower Construction
    Work on an 800-foot-tall tower in East Midtown that has been under construction for six months was halted last week following a vote by the New York City Council to limit skyscrapers in the area,.
  7. Malls Never Wanted Gyms. Now They Court Them
    Mall owners long treated gyms, massage parlors, and billiards halls as unwanted tenants that attracted lower-rent visitors who were unlikely to shop. Now they’re giving health clubs some of their best real estate.
  8. New Jersey Office Rents Near Records
    Asking rents for New Jersey office space are nearing records as landlords undertake extensive renovations and fill older properties with top-notch amenities.
  9. Brookfield Property Makes $14.8 Billion Offer to Acquire Rest of GGP
    Brookfield Property Partners LP has made a $14.8 billion offer to acquire the shares of mall owner GGP Inc. that it doesn’t already own, according to people familiar with the matter.
  10. 'Little India' Thrives in Central New Jersey
    Oak Tree Road, known as “Little India,” has been transformed from a rundown and desolate area to a booming ethnic business district that attracts South Asian customers from Maine to Maryland.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. Opening Quote: Merlin doing more than surviving
  2. Construction hit by sustained decline in lending
    Stock of loans down by £1.5bn, Bank of England figures show
  3. Skills shortage delays Spurs’ goal of joining elite
    Premier League club counts cost of setbacks in completing 61,000-seat stadium
  4. Council borrowing cap lifted in housebuilding drive
    Local authorities will be able to take big loans against value of housing stock
  5. Energy savings lift heavy industry
    New technologies are needed for power-hungry manufacturers
  6. IL&FS bailout roils India’s shadow banks
    Group’s role in corporate debt market sparks fears for lenders that rely on short-term bond funding
  7. UK construction industry downbeat as Brexit blots outlook
  8. Opening Quote: SCS — Sofa, so good (sorry, had to be done)
  9. AEG to build first south-east Asia venues in Bangkok
    Owner of LA’s Staples Center joins Thai developer to create entertainment district
  10. Operator of collapsed Italian bridge criticised in ministry report

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. WPP in advanced talks to buy Financial Times building
    WPP is in advanced talks to buy the Financial Times’s London headquarters at One Southwark Bridge for £93m, Property Week can reveal.
  2. Barratt London gets green light for 277 Homes in East Ham
    The London Borough of Newham has granted planning permission for Barratt London and East Ham Regeneration’s redevelopment of East Ham Market Hall.
  3. Bellway boasts profit rise, but warns on Brexit and skills shortage
    Top five housebuilder Bellway has launched a cost savings programme to boost margins after reporting a 14.3% rise in full-year pre-tax profit.
  4. 66 Hammersmith road redevelopment plans approved
    Quadrant Estates and Pirbright Holdings have secured planning permission to redevelop 66 Hammersmith Road, the site of the original Kensington Centre.
  5. McCarthy & Stone share price jumps on retirement home exemption
    Shares in McCarthy & Stone soared 6.36% on Tuesday morning to 135.2p after the government announced an exemption to zero rate ground rents for retirement housing providers.
  6. British Buildings Partnership joins forces with energy consumption initiative
    Seven property developers have committed to improving energy efficiency in future office developments and are in advanced talks to enable UK property owners to rate their offices using the Australian NABERS scheme.
  7. CLS sells west London office
    CLS Holdings has sold Buspace Studios in west London to Warrior Property Group for £13.5m.
  8. Crédit Agricole finances Henderson Park's historic €550m Paris hotel purchase
    Investor Henderson Park has completed the €550m (£484m) acquisition of one of Paris’ most historic hotels, the Westin Paris-Vendôme, from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC having secured a senior financing package from Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB).
  9. Praxis buys Newcastle shopping centre
    Praxis has bought a shopping centre near Newcastle for £30m in a deal that signals its intention to “invest aggressively in community shopping centres”.
  10. BGC Partners lets 130,000 sq ft at Canary Wharf scheme
    Global brokerage and financial technology company BGC Partners has signed a lease to occupy around 130,000 sq ft at 5 Churchill Place, in Canary Wharf.