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By Maggie Menderski via Herald Tribune Canals run through the project that will be anchored by a luxury movie theater Entertainment row is taking on a whole new meaning in Sarasota. It may actually…
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By Emily Le Coz
The City Commission on Monday cleared the way for Sarasota’s first large-scale affordable housing project, unanimously agreeing to change its long-range growth plan to accommodate the complex.
The comprehensive plan amendment reclassifies the property at 2211 Fruitville Road as part of the downtown core, allowing developer Harvey Vengroff to build a higher-density apartment complex than would otherwise be permitted. Vengroff plans to construct as many as 393 apartments in five, six-story buildings, with rents ranging from $650 to $950 per month.
It was the commission’s second such hearing on the matter. The first, on May 2, ended with Vengroff storming out of the meeting over his objections to a proposed city requirement that he submit to annual, municipal property inspections not required of other housing.
The city has since agreed to drop that requirement, as long as Vengroff provides it copies of the annual inspections an insurance company will perform as part of its coverage of the property.
Vengroff said after the meeting he was pleased with the city’s compromise and the commission’s unanimous decision, and looks forward to advancing the project to the next step.
If all goes well, he said, construction could start within the next year and a half.
Most commissioners praised Vengroff’s project, saying it will fulfill a desperate need for housing among residents who struggle to afford Sarasota’s typically high rents.
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Apartment REITs Continue Their Selling Spree
May 24, 2016
Apartment REITs continue to cash in on their highly-priced properties as they prune their portfolios.
“Since 2011, we have completed the sale of $2.4 billion of assets and expect total dispositions to approach nearly $3 billion by the end of 2016,” says Richard J. Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust, a multifamily REIT that owns and operates approximately 158 communities throughout the country.
Top REITs like Camden continue to sell large portfolios of properties and trophy assets in primary markets. The largest three multifamily REITs are buying assets selectively, if they buy at all, mostly in strong secondary markets in prime metropolitan areas, and are selling significantly more than they buy.
Equity Residential: net seller
Take Equity Residential, which was the largest apartment REIT in U.S. with 109,540 apartments, according to the Top 50 Owners list released in April by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).
The REIT is likely to have significantly fewer apartments on next year’s list.
Equity Residential sold 23,262 apartments to affiliates of Starwood Capital Group for $5.365 billion in the first quarter. The price is much higher than Equity paid for the properties—the sale generated an economic gain of approximately $2.0 billion and an unlevered internal rate of return of 11.3 percent.
Equity Residential also cashed in by selling two properties in East Palo Alto, Calif., and New York City, for hundreds of millions of dollars more than it spent to buy them in 2010 and 2011. The REIT used the proceeds to retire $2 billion in debt and improve the company’s “already strong” credit metrics. Equity Residential also bought a handful of properties in places like Seattle, Los Angeles and Brooklyn, N.Y. recently, totaling $204.1 million.
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April 4, 2016 A limited for-sale inventory and inclement weather combined to suppress sales of existing single-family homes last month. While job growth continues to generate new housing demand, the limited available listings are precluding many prospective homebuyers from making purchases. The dip in February sales reinforces an uneven growth pattern in the single-family resale […]
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As the City Commission debated whether to require annual inspections for a proposed affordable housing complex, the property owner walked out of the hearing, proclaiming the project dead.
by: David Conway Deputy Managing Editor
After city staff, the Planning Board and the overwhelming majority of public commenters offered support for a proposed affordable housing project near downtown Sarasota, the City Commission failed to approve a request that would allow the plans to move forward.
As a result, property owner Harvey Vengroff says he will abandon his effort to construct a 393-unit apartment complex at 2211 Fruitville Road.
The commission’s ruling — or lack thereof — came after a two-hour discussion of a proposed comprehensive plan amendment that would allow for higher density on the nearly 8-acre site. Vengroff has said this proposal would be necessary to make his plans economically feasible. The amendment required a supermajority of four commissioners to gain approval.
The staff and planning board approval came with a series of requirements on the proposal, including caps on building height and unit size. Joe Barnett, the applicant representing Vengroff, said he learned of one additional proposed requirement when the meeting began: a stipulation that would allow city staff to inspect the entirety of the property annually. Staff said the requirement would ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s safe and sanitary housing standards.
This turned out to be the sticking point for Vengroff and the commission. Although he said he was willing to allow inspections of the property’s external features, such as railings and stairways, he was unwilling to allow the city to conduct internal inspections.
“I do have a problem with you walking into someone’s apartment,” Vengroff said to the commission. “I don’t think that’s where we want to be.”
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By Natalie Dolce via Globe St VEGAS—It is that time of year again and GlobeSt.com ramps up its retail coverage in preparation for RECon, the International Council of Shopping Centers’ …
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VEGAS—It is that time of year again and GlobeSt.com ramps up its retail coverage in preparation for RECon, the International Council of Shopping Centers’ sprawling annual get-together. As more than 30,000 attendees prepare to descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center for this year’s edition, GlobeSt.com sat down recently some key attendees and retail experts to discuss some expectations for the upcoming event.
Chris Wilson, EVP and southwest retail brokerage lead of JLL, tells GlobeSt.com that this year, he expects to see a high degree of speculation regarding where we are in the real estate cycle. “I expect to hear and be part of discussions that are not if a correction is coming but when,” he says. “I hope to gain some insight as to how hard the landing might be and what may cause the correction.”
Jeff Hughes, a managing director at Stan Johnson Co., is looking forward to several key meetings with longstanding clients as well as getting a sense of what the overall activity level and sentiment is amongst developers and investors. “These large gatherings are an easy way to receive quick feedback on market health while gaining new activity from new clients,” he says.
According to Hughes, although retail is seeing high transaction volume, “markets are sending mixed signals with disruptors.”
Hughes says that is “possibly because there is an increase of supply or concern about the CMBS markets, and investors are going to give pause with this year’s election.”
Ron Meyers, SVP of Leasing, Phillips Edison and Co., tells GlobeSt.com that through the firm’s 25-year history of building shopping center portfolios, it has deep seeded relationships with many of the retailers who attend the convention. Meyers and his team conduct more than 1,000 meetings each year. “It is always a good time to reconnect with them and provide an update on our growing portfolio and our tenants’ growth plans. In addition, we look forward to developing new partnerships with national tenants that have growth plans that align with Phillips Edison’s strategic business objectives.”
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