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Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. CBRE Global Investors Buys Stake in Three GGP Malls
    One of the world’s largest real-estate asset managers has purchased a 49% stake in three malls in a deal that values them at more than $1 billion and shows that investors still have an appetite for top-tier retail property.
  2. FAO Schwarz Is Returning to New York
    A dominant presence in Midtown Manhattan for decades before its closure in 2015, the toy store is coming to life again with a new, 20,000-square-foot Rockefeller Center location.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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,.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. Is the UK construction industry having its ‘uber moment’?
    Off-site modular manufacturing seen as the solution to sector’s productivity problem
  2. Opening Quote: Asos growth ‘slows’, Crest finance director goes
  3. Spain pushes boundaries to dominate construction
    Nation’s growing power in global infrastructure second only to China
  4. Groups warned over late payments to suppliers
    Crisis is causing 50,000 company failures a year, says Federation of Small Businesses
  5. Opening Quote: Merlin doing more than surviving
  6. Construction hit by sustained decline in lending
    Stock of loans down by £1.5bn, Bank of England figures show
  7. Skills shortage delays Spurs’ goal of joining elite
    Premier League club counts cost of setbacks in completing 61,000-seat stadium
  8. Council borrowing cap lifted in housebuilding drive
    Local authorities will be able to take big loans against value of housing stock
  9. Energy savings lift heavy industry
    New technologies are needed for power-hungry manufacturers
  10. 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

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. City of London Corporation and Amazon in battle for Barking Power Station
    City of London Corporation and Amazon go head to head to buy 42-acre Barking Power Station site in east London
  2. Consortium fires opening salvos in Intu takeover talks
    Intu has received an indicative proposal to acquire the company at 215p from a consortium comprising Peel Group, the Olayan Group and Brookfield Property Group.
  3. Amazon signs for 90,000 sq ft at Manchester's Hanover Building
    Amazon is to open its first corporate office outside of London in Manchester’s Hanover Building.
  4. Mayor of London launches £10m council planning fund
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a new £10m fund for councils to boost their housing and planning teams.
  5. ​Durkan appoints new development director
    Developer and contractor Durkan has appointed Bill Beyzade from CALA Homes to the new position of land and development director
  6. Thackeray puts fully-let Eastcheap Estate on market
    The Thackeray Estate has appointed BNP Paribas Real Estate to market its £45.5m Eastcheap Estate, having secured deals to take it to fully let earlier this month.
  7. ​Tunstall hires White from CR to grow lending business
    Tunstall Real Estate Asset Management has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of David White from CR Management as head of debt strategies.
  8. Hammond urged to help retail in Budget
    Reform of business rates and tax on online retailers top property’s wish list.
  9. Regal London and KKR secure first site for JV
    Developer Regal London and investor KKR have secured the first site for their joint venture with the acquisition of a £50m gross development value site in Clapham Road in south west London.
  10. Strong investor demand lifts mood at Expo Real in Munich
    Robust Asian demand, the appeal of value-add and the logistics boom were among key talking points.