Owner Injecting New Life into Property, Space Attracting Tenant Interest During Lease-Up
FMK Properties – Burnside, LLC has purchased Gresham’s Burnside Commons, a 38,053 square foot, three-building retail property, for $1.8 million, and the property is already attracting new tenant interest.
Burnside Commons was built in 2001 and 2006, and offers spaces for lease of 1,200 square feet and larger, for a broad range of retail, office and service uses. The property is well-located in the heart of Gresham, at the intersection of Burnside and Eastman Parkway, with many large employers nearby, including Boeing, Boyds Coffee and ON Semiconductor. More >
NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson Vice President Tamara Fuller has earned the Certified Green Broker designation, a certification granted within the commercial real estate industry to commercial brokers and affiliated professionals who have completed the Certified Green Broker course. More >
Retail vacancy was unchanged at 8.0% during the Second Quarter, with negative 20,547 sf of absorption. Vacancy in Central City decreased nearly a percentage point to 10.9%. Vacancy in Southeast/East Clackamas increased more than a percentage point to 6.5%, with more than 20,000 sf of negative absorption each at Clackamas Town Center and Hilltop Mall. However, there was considerable leasing activity in big-box stores that are not tracked in our report. For instance, Salvation Army leased about 40,000 sf at the former Linens ‘n Things on SE 82nd, and Dick’s leased the nearly 50,000 sf former Joe’s Sports, Outdoors & More at Johnson Creek Crossing in Clackamas. More >
Multifamily vacancy decreased to 4.11% during Second Quarter. Downtown Portland units continued to be leased up at a healthy rate, as vacancy for both new and seasoned units fell around 2 percentage points. Last quarter, this report began tracking a number of recent central city deliveries, and two new properties, the Matisse in South Waterfront (272 units) and the Broadstone Enso in the Pearl (152 units), will be added to the report when they are stabilized in 2011. Rental rates increased by $10 overall, or a cent per square foot, and as expected, downtown units led these increases. More >
Industrial vacancy rose less than a percentage point to 15.24% during Second Quarter, with negative 354,330 sf absorbed. Southeast saw a significant increase in vacancy, to 14.35%, as United Stationers Supply Co. vacated 40,608 sf at Commerce Park – McLoughlin and relocated to 195,510 sf at Rivergate Corporate Center III in the North/Northeast submarket. Vancouver vacancy also increased about four percentage points to 15.44%, and Columbia Business Center had more than 450,000 sf available. Significant leases of the quarter included Consolidated Molding & Millworks leasing 48,000 sf and Stanton Furniture leasing 92,960 sf at 115th Commerce Park in Southwest I-5. More >
Central City office vacancy increased to 12.73% during the Second Quarter, with negative 242,145 sf absorbed. About 40,000 sf of this negative absorption was from multiple tenants leaving the historic Stevens Building. The Church of Scientology of Portland purchased it in 2008 and planned to inhabit the whole building, but it was found to be unsuitable for the organization and is for sale. This quarter the Church of Scientology bought downtown’s historic Sherlock Building for $6.4 million to serve as its new home. In a highly-anticipated decision, the Portland Development Commission opted to remain at its current location in Old Town (but in 10,000 fewer sf), rather than move to the stalled Park Avenue West, its other primary option. It is uncertain when construction will restart at Park Avenue West, as the project lacks financing. Active tenants downtown include alternative energy groups, who seek environmentally friendly buildings. Many tenants are also seeking moderatelypriced Class A buildings with quality buildouts. More >
NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson Real Estate Broker J.J. Unger has earned the Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designation through the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is the first NAI NBS broker to achieve the designation, which is a symbol of leadership and accomplishment and recognizes in-depth insight into every aspect of the shopping center industry. More >
Some good news on the Portland metro area investment front this week, just as sunny summer weather finally hit.
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp, a New York real estate investor, is buying five Portland metro area shopping centers for about $90 million. It closed on Vancouver Market Center for $11.19 million, and is under contract for Cascade Summit Shopping Center, Heritage Market Center, Happy Valley Town Center, and Oregon City Point.
Phillips Edison & Co. also purchased Johnson Creek Shopping Center, a 106,709 sf center in Clackamas, for an undisclosed price.
And Behringer Harvard Holdings purchased the 188-unit Tupelo Alley Apartments on N. Mississippi in Portland for $38.75 million in the largest multifamily transaction so far this year.
NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson brokers represented the landlords in two recent Tigard office leases totaling more than 40,000 sf.
An investor has purchased the Box & One, two mixed-use buildings at SE 28th and Ankeny, for $1.7 million. NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson’s Robert Black represented the seller.
The transaction had a 7.2 percent cap rate and was a market-rate deal, Black said.
The 7,318 sf project has ground-floor retail and five loft-style apartments above. It is home to Crema Bakery & Cafe, on the corner of SE 28th and Ankeny, whose space features roll-up garage doors. The other ground-floor retail tenant is Coalition Brewing, which is expected to open this year. More >