Creative Transformation Produced a Differentiated Asset to Capture the Strong Demand from Local High-Density Office Tenants
CenterSquare and Foundry announced the acquisition of the property in December 2014, then consisting of a 194,210sf vacant office building and adjacent 130,000sf warehouse. Although situated in one of the highest job growth markets in the country, the property had been vacant for 3 years. CenterSquare and Foundry developed a plan to convert the former warehouse building to climate-controlled covered parking, in order to appeal to the deep pool of tenants actively seeking office space that offered 100,000sf open floor plates and six per thousand parking or greater. At the time, there were only 5 available properties in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro with both of these attributes. The office building also allowed for expansion of the second floor by up to 40,000sf, thereby providing additional flexibility to meet tenant demand.
“CenterSquare and Foundry identified the asset-specific flaws preventing lease up of the property and devised a solution — redevelop the warehouse into a covered parking structure, providing the office building with a parking ratio of over seven per thousand square feet,” said Jeff Reder, Senior Vice President, Private Real Estate for CenterSquare. “This would transform the property from a functionally challenged commodity asset to a differentiated property, well-positioned to capture the demand premium from high-density users.”
The redevelopment successfully differentiated the property, garnering tenant interest and resulting in a fully executed twelve year lease with GEICO within seven months of the acquisition. GEICO elected to expand the building, thereby adding over 34,000sf, and the property now serves as an important regional call center support office. Given the strong performance and sooner-than-expected lease up of 100% of the property, the Fund elected to pursue a sale of the property.
“This acquisition is an excellent illustration of CenterSquare’s investment strategy to creatively transform real estate for its best and highest use,” said David Rabin, Managing Director and Head of Private Real Estate at CenterSquare. “We are always seeking to partner with best in class operators, identify specific local demand drivers, and creatively transform deficient assets to meet that demand.”
*This Fund is closed to new investors
ABOUT CENTERSQUARE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT:
CenterSquare is a global investment manager focused on actively managed real estate and infrastructure strategies. Founded in 1987, it operates as one of the investment boutiques of BNY Mellon Investment Management. CenterSquare manages approximately $8.0 billion of real estate and infrastructure securities through CenterSquare Investment Management, Inc. and approximately $1.2 billion (gross) of debt and private equity real estate investments through CenterSquare Investment Management Holdings, Inc. (together referred to as “CenterSquare”), as of March 31, 2017. It manages investments for institutional investors and high net worth individuals throughout global markets and across public and private capital sectors.
The interests (the “Interests”) in the fund referenced herein (the “Fund”) have not been approved or disapproved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or by the securities regulatory authority of any state or of any other jurisdiction. The Interests have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), the securities laws of any other state or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, nor is such registration contemplated. The Fund will not be registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). Consequently, limited partners of the Fund are not afforded the protections of the 1940 Act.
The Interests are offered only to qualified investors who do not require immediate liquidity of the investment. An investment in the Fund does not constitute a complete investment program.
Securities are offered in the U.S. through MBSC Securities Corporation, a registered broker dealer.
Certain information contained herein may be “forward-looking” in nature. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual events or results, or the actual performance of the funds, may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking information. As such, undue reliance should not be placed on such information.
ABOUT BNY MELLON INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
BNY Mellon Investment Management is one of the world’s leading investment management organizations and one of the top U.S. wealth managers, with $1.7 trillion in assets under management, as of March 31, 2017. It encompasses BNY Mellon’s affiliated investment management firms, wealth management services and global distribution companies. MBSC Securities Corporation, and CenterSquare Investment Management, Inc. are wholly-owned subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. More information can be found at www.bnymellon.com.
ABOUT BNY MELLON
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2017, BNY Mellon had $30.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.7 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.
All information source BNY Mellon as of March 31, 2017. This press release is qualified for issuance in the US only and is for information purposes only. It does not constitute an offer or solicitation of securities or investment services or an endorsement thereof in any jurisdiction or in any circumstance in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful or not authorized. This press release is issued by BNY Mellon Investment Management to members of the financial press and media and the information contained herein should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
Marcia Glass, CFA
CenterSquare Investment Management
(610) 818 4627
BNY Mellon Investment Management
(212) 635 1743