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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. Construction hit by sustained decline in lending
    Stock of loans down by £1.5bn, Bank of England figures show
  2. Skills shortage delays Spurs’ goal of joining elite
    Premier League club counts cost of setbacks in completing 61,000-seat stadium
  3. Council borrowing cap lifted in housebuilding drive
    Local authorities will be able to take big loans against value of housing stock
  4. Energy savings lift heavy industry
    New technologies are needed for power-hungry manufacturers
  5. 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
  6. UK construction industry downbeat as Brexit blots outlook
  7. Opening Quote: SCS — Sofa, so good (sorry, had to be done)
  8. AEG to build first south-east Asia venues in Bangkok
    Owner of LA’s Staples Center joins Thai developer to create entertainment district
  9. Operator of collapsed Italian bridge criticised in ministry report
  10. Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone to focus on cost-cutting

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. Gramercy Europe launches fourth industrial fund after completing MBO
    Gramercy Europe is set to launch a fourth logistics and industrial fund, targeting the raising of €400m (£352.5m) of equity.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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.
  4. Galliard launches £500m Birmingham push
    Galliard Homes has joined forces with Apsley House Capital with plans for a £500m push into the Birmingham residential market.
  5. Transport for London partners with Pocket Living to build affordable homes
    Transport for London (TfL) has partnered with developer Pocket Living to build 125 affordable homes in the city at a range of sites.
  6. Pandox and Fattal acquire Manchester’s Midland hotel for £115m
    Pandox AB and Fattal Hotels Group have entered an agreement to acquire The Midland Manchester hotel from Aprirose for around £115m.
  7. Santander launches £2.8bn loan securitisation
    Santander has announced a £2.8bn commercial real estate loan securitisation.
  8. Middle Eastern investors buy into £55m DWP-let Glasgow office
    The Bank of London and the Middle East has acquired the Department for Work and Pensions let 1 Atlantic Quay in Glasgow for £55m.
  9. Spaces takes 42,000 sq ft in Hammersmith
    IWG’s flexible workspace brand Spaces has taken 42,000 sq ft at The Foundry, a 114,500 sq ft office which forms part of AXA IM – Real Assets’ new three acre Hammersmith estate Assembly London.
  10. Agents appointed after Bierkeller administration
    Agents have been appointed to sell the Bierkeller venues following the administration of Burning Night Group.