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Selling points: China Vanke partners with locals on $50M Brooklyn buy, Stalled John Street site hits market


Chinese partner with locals on $50M Brooklyn buy

China-based apartment giant, China Vanke, has partnered with local developers Adam America and Slate Property Group on a $50 million Brooklyn deal.

TerraCRG brokered the sale of 10 Nevins in Downtown Brooklyn which comes with approved plans for the development of a mixed-use project with 184 apartments and retail space on the ground floor.

“In a market dominated by rental units, 10 Nevins is positioned to be one of the largest condo projects in Downtown Brooklyn.” said Ofer Cohen, the founder and president of TerraCRG, who led the marketing effort with Melissa Warren and her team.

“By repositioning the approved plans from a rental project to a condominium, the developers are able to capitalize on the tremendous demand for for-sale housing options in the area.”

10 Nevins is located at the nexus of retail, culture, business and residential development with over 14,000 residential units in the development pipeline and steps from City Point, the largest mixed-use development in Brooklyn.

Since a 2005 rezoning, Downtown Brooklyn has embraced projects including the Barclays Center, Pacific Park, City Point and the expanding BAM Downtown Brooklyn Cultural district.

Institutional and global equity interest has included investments by TF Cornerstone and the acquisition of the Macy’s site by Tishman Speyer. Around the block, Michael Stern’s JDS is planning the tallest residential tower in Brooklyn, at 9 DeKalb Avenue.

Eastern Consolidated

Stalled John Street site hits market

Eastern Consolidated has been selected as the exclusive agent to market 45 John Street in the Financial District, a stalled office to residential conversion project that is approximately 75 percent complete.

The fee simple interest in the 14-story, 102,000 s/f property will be auctioned off at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on December 2 with the minimum bid starting at $73.6 million, and will be delivered free and clear of all liens.

Originally planned as a luxury residential condominium project, construction on 45 John Street stopped in 2009 because of the financial crisis.

Peter Carillo, senior director and principal of Eastern Consolidated, is heading the firm’s team, which will include Stuart Gross, Adelaide Polsinelli, Ben Tapper, Gabriel Saffioti, and Chris Matousek.

“This property is ideal for a developer seeking to become part of the exciting renaissance taking place in Lower Manhattan,” Carillo said.

“In the time since construction first started on this project in 2007, the Financial District has undergone dramatic economic and demographic changes. As a result, nearby condominiums are selling for over $1,500 per square foot with a significant premium for larger units, apartments are renting for $70 per square foot, and retail space is leasing for $150 per square foot and rising rapidly.”

The original condominium declaration for 45 John Street called for 84 residential units, including seven penthouses each with private terraces, and 11 foot ceilings heights.

Westwood Realty Associate

Two-building Williamsburg package fetches $39M

Black Spruce Management, led by Josh Gotlib, closed on a two-building package in Williamsburg for $39 million.

The company purchased 175 and 192 Spencer from Waterton Associates. The two adjacent buildings were completed in 2008 and consist of 82 one-and-two bedroom apartments with roughly 81,000 s/f.

The properties both benefit from a 25 year 421-A abatement which expires in 2034.

Chicago based Waterton purchased the buildings in 2011 from a Brooklyn-based developer. The buildings were originally built as high end condos, however the developer at the time defaulted on his construction loan with Bank of Smithtown and was forced to go rental.

Black Spruce will keep the building rental while improving the overall common areas and amenities.

Steven Vegh of Westwood Realty Associates was the sole broker in the transaction.

Terra CRG

Hess marketing Park Slope portfolio

TerraCRG has been retained to exclusively represent ownership in the sale of one mixed-use and three multifamily buildings in Park Slope and Gowanus.

Adam Hess, along with his team, Sam Shalumov, Edward Setton and Kirill Galperin are representing the sellers of the portfolio, valued at over $22 million.

The properties include 310 12th Street, 20-unit multifamily in Park SLope valued at $9.75 million; 137 Fifth Avenue, five-unit corner mixed-use building, priced at $5.7 million; 199 Prospect Avenue, six-unit multifamily with available air rights, $2.65 million and, in Gowanus, 82 16th Street, a 16-unit multifamily priced at $4.2 million.

“We have seen insatiable demand in 2015 from local, national and international investors for product like this in Brownstone Brooklyn,” said Hess, noting that tight inventory for housing, condo and co-op pricing in the heart of Park Slope to $1,550 psf and the rental market for renovated units is edging into the $56 psf range.


Harbor, Azure buy Princeton homes

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) has closed the sale of The Crest at Princeton Meadows, a 704-unit, garden-style apartment community in Plainsboro, NJ.

HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller. A joint venture between Harbor Group International and Azure Partners purchased the asset free and clear of existing debt.

The Crest at Princeton Meadows is 94 percent leased and has 37 two- and three-story residential buildings housing one- and two-bedroom units.

The community, which has undergone significant capital improvements since 2012, has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, volleyball court, putting green and playground.

Situated on 40 acres at 3217 Ravens Crest Drive in the Princeton submarket of Middlesex County, the property is adjacent to the Meadows at Middlesex Golf Course.

The HFF team was led by senior managing director Jose Cruz, Kevin O’Hearn, Michael Oliver and Steve Simonelli and supported by senior managing director Andrew Scandalios.


Time Equities sells LIC warehouse

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler closed the sale of 47-37 Austell Place, a four-story office/warehouse building in Long Island City.

HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, Time Equities.  A partnership consisting of Drake Street Partners, Normandy Real Estate Partners and GEM Realty Capital purchased the property for $35 million.

Originally developed in 1916, 47-37 Austell Place can be redeveloped for multiple uses including creative office, ground floor retail or event space.

The HFF investment sales team representing the seller was led by managing director Jeff Julien along with senior managing director Eric Anton and associate director David Fowler.

“There was substantial demand for the property as a value-add office redevelopment,” said Julien.  “Due to LIC’s attractive loft warehouse building stock, transit infrastructure and access to Midtown, it is an attractive investment profile.”

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