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Alexandria to weigh new development for a Route 1 site that hasn’t changed since 1945

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Original article by Bisnow, Michal Neibauer, August 31, 2018

A big change is coming to a triangular piece of land in Alexandria that hasn’t changed much at all in more than 70 years.

The 0.8-acre site at 1200 N. Henry St., less than a half mile north of the Braddock Road Metro station, was built up with one- and two-story industrial buildings in 1945, according to an Alexandria staff report. The proposal slated for review by the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday would replace those uses with a 115-unit multifamily building — including 11 affordable units — a 10,000-square-foot day care center, ground-floor retail and 137 underground parking spaces.

The applicant, 1200 N. Henry Street LLC, is an entity of Avanti Holdings Group. Alexandria-based Avanti, led by principals Teddy Kim (he of The People’s Drug and Chop Shop Taco), Keinan Ashkenaziand Greg Salvaggio, has largely tackled smaller warehouse-to-office conversions and retail projects to this point. This will be its largest endeavor to date.

Designed by Davis Carter Scott Ltd., the seven-story building has a triangular footprint and rises to a maximum height of 85 feet along the western edge, where it is closest to the Braddock Gateway campus and a planned extension of North Fayette Street. A 20-foot high retail podium would front Route 1.

The site, where North Henry and North Patrick streets begin, is just south of the Route 1 bridge carrying traffic toward Potomac Yard. It is really the first thing drivers see as they come south toward Old Town. City planners, who recommend approval, say the proposed development offers “high-quality architectural design with a signature gateway element” at its northern entrance, a publicly accessible plaza, underground utilities and a $20,000 contribution to Alexandria’s Capital Bike Share Fund.

Cathy Puskar with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC is the LLC’s land use attorney.

WashREIT Reaches Deal To Sell Braddock Metro Center Office Complex

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The Braddock Metro Center Office Complex in Alexandria

Original article by Bisnow Washington, D.C., Jon Banister, October 27, 2017

After signing a General Services Administration lease at its Braddock Metro Center office complex in July, WashREIT is cashing out.

WashREIT signed a letter of intent this month to sell the 356K SF office complex, CEO Paul McDermott announced on the company’s Q3 earnings call Friday morning. He did not disclose the buyer or price, but said it expects the deal to close during the fourth quarter.

McDermott said the sale continues WashREIT’s strategy of selling out of the suburban office market and focusing on quality buildings in D.C.’s urban core. The CEO said the capital earned from the sale of Braddock Metro Center will go toward its recent $135M acquisition of Watergate 600. It plans to launch extensive renovations on the property, a 309K SF piece of the famed six-building Watergate mixed-use complex.

WashREIT acquired the four-building Braddock Metro Center complex in 2011 for $101M. It faced a large vacancy this year with one of its anchor tenants, Engility, leaving 134K SF when its lease expired in September to consolidate into other locations. The landlord got a win in July when it landed a new federal government tenant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, for 131K SF.

The deal also fits with the REIT’s strategy of limiting its exposure to large government leases and instead filling its buildings with small to midsize private sector tenants, McDermott said.

The property at 1310-1340 Braddock Place sits just steps from the Braddock Metro station, an area with loads of new development in its pipeline. Jaguar Development got approval in July for a 258-unit mixed-use building, the second phase of its Braddock Gateway development. Jaguar sold the parcel for the project’s first phase in 2011 to Trammell Crow, which built a 15-story, 270-unit residential building that is expected to deliver this year.

The project’s third phase would add a 317K SF mixed-use building with 250 to 300 units and 8K SF of retail. Avanti Holdings Group is planning a 100K SF development, likely multifamily or hospitality, on a a nearby site.

Also on Friday’s earnings call, McDermott announced the sale of the 212-unit Walker House Apartments in Gaithersburg for $32.2M. He said that capital would also be reallocated to 600 Watergate.

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Fairfax County office building sells for $8.3 million

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Original article by VirginiaBusiness.com, September 28, 2017

KLNB, a Maryland-based real estate brokerage firm, has announced the sale of 5904 Richmond Highway, a 78,000-square-foot office building in Fairfax County, for $8.3 million.

Joshua Simon,  principal at KLNB, represented the buyer — a joint venture of Rock Creek Property Group and Avanti Holdings Group, LLC — and has also been retained to handle leasing of the building. The property sold on Sept. 8 for nearly $106 per square foot.

The structure is a newly renovated office building in Fairfax’s Huntington submarket with suites ranging from 1,800 to 15,780 square feet. The building has access to Route 1, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. It’s within walking distance to the Huntington Metro Station and Mount Vernon Trail.

In a statement, Simon described the Huntington area as “an untapped submarket with great potential and high expected future density.
As companies continue to look for lower lease rates compared to Old Town Alexandria, they will immediately see value in Huntington thanks to its prime location and anticipated growth.”

5904 Richmond Highway is currently 65 percent leased, with a remaining five office suites available.

KLNB’s offices are located in Towson and Columbia, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Dulles and Tysons, Va.

 

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Investing in the future, OPEI purchases new headquarters building

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announces the association has purchased a new headquarters building, and will move its offices to 1605 King Street, Alexandria, Va., in the spring of 2018.

Avanti Holding Group principal Teddy Kim and OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser close Aug. 15.

OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser said the trade association outgrew its current space. The new building will be better equipped for the association’s needs. “OPEI has been dealing with a problem for a couple years now,” Kiser said. “And it’s a great problem to have: We’ve increased our membership and increased our member engagement to a point that we’ve outgrown our current location and meeting space.”

The new OPEI headquarters will include a state-of-the-art conference center that can seat 50 people for in-person and virtual meetings. This new space will enable OPEI members around the country and overseas to participate more fully in association business and activities.

“As a trade group with members in EuropeJapanChina and across the United States, we have global meetings, and we wanted to be able to host them in person and virtually. Now, we’ll be better suited to host ISO, IEC and other international gatherings,” said Kiser. “Alexandria has been our home for 30 years. When we looked to make this decision, we considered other locales, and our board of directors chose to reinvest in Alexandriadue to its proximity to Washington, D.C., airports, hotels, as well as its historic character and lifestyle.”

OPEI’s new King Street location is on the historic main thoroughfare in the bustling heart of Old Town Alexandria, and is within walking distance to several hotels. It is one block from the King Street Metro station, the second subway stop from Washington National Airport. It will also have private offices reserved for members when they visit the D.C. area.

OPEI closed on its new location on Aug. 15, and the move represents a multi-million-dollar investment. OPEI has retained OTJ Architects of Washington, D.C., for the project.

“In 1987, OPEI’s board was prescient and chose to relocate from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria and built its current building. The current building met our needs for three decades and appreciated considerably. Our new building prepares us for future growth and engagement,” said Kiser.

About OPEI
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, TurfMutt.com. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces. For more information, visit www.OPEI.org.

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Original article by PRESS RELEASE PR NewswireAug. 21, 2017

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Robust Braddock road metro development pipeline keeps growing

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The Braddock Road Metro area in Alexandria has a significant amount of development in its pipeline, and, after buying an industrial property last week, Avanti Holdings Group plans to add to it.

The Alexandria-based developer bought the 19k SF building at 1200 North Henry St, below, for $3.85M from William Dwyer Properties, with NAI KLNB brokering the deal.  In the short term, Avanti will maintain the building’s eight existing leases, mainly light-industrial uses, and look to fill some of the vacant space, but the company has development plans in mind.  Avanti principal Teddy Kim tells Bisnow the company hopes to tear down the warehouse and build a roughly 100k SF development. The specific type of project is not yet certain, but Teddy says they are focusing primarily on multifamily, hospitality and senior living options.

  Courtesy: KLNB

“The office market is somewhat depressed, I don’t know that it’s a great office site anyway,” Teddy, pictured above on the right with Game Beverage Group EVP Bruce Caughman and Greenhouse Bistro’s Saba Givpour, says. “We feel like it’s going to be one of those three food groups, but we’re open to anything…At the end of the day more density is going to be the answer.” Teddy says they would also be open to ground-leasing the site to a retailer who wanted to build a store, but he is mainly focusing on development options to add more density. He says Avanti is seeking development partners with experience in Alexandria who could help them get through the approval process and build one of these asset types. The site is zoned for industrial, but under the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan the density could be increased to 2.5 to 3 FAR, which Teddy estimates would be roughly 90k to 105k SF.

City of Alexandria Avanti’s site, with the arrow pointing to it, sits adjacent to the site of Jaguar Development’s Braddock Gateway mixed-use project, which is approved for more than 800 residential units. Jaguar sold the first building parcel to Trammell Crow in 2011 for $14M. After bringing in WashREIT as JV partner, Trammell Crow broke ground on the 15-story, 270-unit residential building (top left) last December and plans to deliver it next year.  “That’s why the hotel could be a potentially good option,” Teddy says. “Because you’ve got so many new units coming online and the location is so central. North Old Town is beginning to develop an identity…It’s a great location for anything, but a hotel in particular could add to that fabric.”  NAI KLNB’s Josh Simon, who worked with Avanti on the sale and is continuing to help Teddy with the development plans, says they are hoping to get through the approval process by late 2017 or early 2018. He says they have spoken with architects and, given the site’s characteristics, believes Avanti could build a seven-story building with roughly 20k SF floor plates, which he says would yield around 100 to 150 multifamily units or 200 hotel rooms.  If Avanti decides to go with hotel or senior living, Teddy expects to break ground as soon as possible. If Avanti brings in a multifamily partner, though, Josh says they will wait and watch the market—and Jaguar’s development—to determine when the best time to break ground would be.  Jaguar Development Jaguar controls the remaining four buildings of the Braddock Gateway project. The City Council in April approved Phases 2 and 3 (rendered above), which will amount to 541 residential units and 17k SF of retail, plus a two-thirds-acre park.  Jaguar managing partner Eddy Cettina says the company still has to go through the special use permitting process and doesn’t have a scheduled groundbreaking date yet. She says she has not talked with Avanti about its plans, but remains confident the neighborhood can support the amount of multifamily Jaguar is planning.  “I feel extremely good about the area, otherwise I wouldn’t be building on it,” Eddy tells Bisnow. “We’re 1,000 feet from a Metro and everything else that has been built in our immediate area is leasing very well.” The Braddock Road Metro area will be among the topics discussed by the area’s top developers at Bisnow’s State of Arlington County and Alexandria event on December 7.

Originally published: Bisnow.com  |  November 7, 2016  |  by: Jon Banister, DC

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NAI KLNB Closes Sale of $4M Warehouse in Alexandria

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At the time of the sale, the building was 76 percent leased and occupied by five tenants.

1200 N. Henry St., Alexandria, Va.

1200 N. Henry St., Alexandria, Va.

Alexandria, Va.NAI KLNB has recently closed the sale of a 19,000-square-foot Alexandria warehouse for $3.9 million. The company’s Principal Josh Simon represented the buyer, Avanti Holdings Group, while Christopher Campagna of Braddock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller, William Dwyer Properties. At the time of the sale, the asset was 76 percent leased and occupied by five tenants, the majority of which are retailers.

Located at 1200 N. Henry St., the property is situated on 35,000 square feet of land. The building features fourteen-foot ceiling heights and dock height loading, with visibility on Route 1 leading into Old Town Alexandria. In addition, the warehouse is located in close proximity to the Braddock Road. Metro Station, two miles away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and less than ten miles from downtown Washington.

“We saw a major opportunity to acquire an industrial/flex asset that is virtually nonexistent in Alexandria,” said Avanti Holdings Group Principal, Teddy Kim, in prepared remarks, “As we researched further, we realized the future value points toward a redevelopment strategy, and we are currently exploring options. At this time, we are highly focused on leasing the remaining vacancy for the near term to stabilize the asset.”

Image courtesy of NAI KLNB

 

Originally published: Commercial Property Executive  |  November 4, 2016  |  by: Ioana Moldovan

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NAI KLNB Brokers Sale of 19,000 SF Warehouse Building in Alexandria, VA for $3.85M

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Avanti Holdings Group acquires building which is 76% leased with five tenants

NAI KLNB has brokered the sale of a 19,000 square foot warehouse building in Alexandria, Virginia for $3.85 million. Josh Simon, principal with NAI KLNB represented the buyer, Avanti Holdings Group, in this transaction. Theseller, William Dwyer Properties, was represented by Christopher Campagna of Braddock Commercial Real Estate. The building, which is contained on 35,000 square feet of land, was 76% leased and occupied by five tenants at the time of the sale.

Located at 1200 N. Henry Street, the building features fourteen foot ceiling heights, and dock height loading, with visibility on Route 1 leading into Old Town Alexandria. The majority of the tenancy are retailers. The asset is situated approximately one-half mile from the Braddock Rd. Metro Station, two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and less than ten miles from downtown Washington, D.C.

“We saw a major opportunity to acquire an industrial/flex asset that is virtually nonexistent in Alexandria,” explained Teddy Kim, Principal of Avanti Holdings Group. “As we researched further, we realized the future value points toward a redevelopment strategy, and we are currently exploring options. At this time, we are highly focused on leasing the remaining vacancy for the near term to stabilize the asset.”

Avanti Holdings Group, headquartered in Alexandria, recently sold 410-420 Calvert Avenue and is preparing to acquire several additional sites in the Old Town, Alexandria area later this year. In addition to Kim, Avanti Holdings Group was founded and is owned by Keinan Ashkenazi and Greg Salvaggio.

“We are working closely with Avanti Holdings Group to explore next phase strategies for 1200 N. Henry Street,” explained Josh Simon of NAI KLNB. “This transaction required nearly one year to execute and Avanti intends to leverage this acquisition into a project that makes a substantial impact in the marketplace. We are closely monitoring the Jaguar parcel directly adjacent to the site in an effort to expand, and increase the value of the overall development. With the proximity to Metro and visibility on Route 1, we are optimistic about the possibility of arranging an attractive development partner.”

Founded in 1968, KLNB, LLC is comprised of two real estate services companies that includes NAI KLNB, a division that focuses on the sale and leasing of commercial office, industrial and warehouse properties, as well as KLNB Retail, which specializes in the sale and leasing of retail properties as well as tenant representation. KLNB is a joint venture in Paragon Commercial Property Management, a full-service provider of commercial real estate property and asset management services. In addition, the company formed a joint venture partnership with ColumbiaNational Real Estate Finance, LLC to create Arris Realty Capital, an entity that provides real estate financing options.

KLNB, LLC provides a full range of integrated brokerage, sales, financial, investment and strategic advisory services to the commercial office, industrial and retail marketplace. Headquartered in Towson, MD, the other four full-service offices are located in Columbia, MD; Washington, D.C., as well as Tysons Corner and Dulles, Virginia. For additional information visit www.klnb.com.

Originally published: citybizlist  |  November 3, 2016  |  by: citybizlist

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Saxa Realty buys industrial project from Avanti in $6m deal

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The Saxa Realty Group has acquired a two-story 35,000 square foot warehouse building in Alexandria, Virginia for $6.075 million. Located at 410-420 Calvert Avenue, the building features 16.5 foot ceiling heights, four roll-up doors and two internal loading docks. The property rests in the Potomac Yard area, and is approximately two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. At the time of the sale the building was 100 percent leased and occupied by four tenants. Josh Simon, principal with NAI KLNB represented the seller, Avanti Real Estate Group.

“When we acquired this asset approximately three years ago, our strategy consisted of a long-term hold in order to execute a development plan within the next seven to ten years,” explained Teddy Kim, Principal of Avanti Real Estate Group. “These plans changed when we were presented with an offer representing a sub 6-percent capitalization rate, in an off-market scenario, and we made the decision to dispose of the property.”

 

Originally published: CIJ USA  |  August 25, 2016  |  by: CIJ USA

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Alexandria Warehouse Sells for More Than $6 Million

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NAI KLNB brokers sales of 35,000 square foot warehouse building in Alexandria to Saxa Realty Group, LLC.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — NAI KLNB has brokered the sale of a two-story 35,000 square foot warehouse building on Calvert Avenue in Alexandria for $6.075 million.

Josh Simon, principal with NAI KLNB, represented the seller, Avanti Real Estate Group. The buyer, Saxa Realty Group, LLC was self-represented. The building was 100 percent leased and occupied by four tenants at the time of the sale.

Located at 410-420 Calvert Avenue (see map below), the building features 16.5-foot ceiling heights, four roll-up doors and two internal loading docks. The building is situated on Jefferson Davis Highway in the Potomac Yard area, and is approximately two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and less than 10 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.

“When we acquired this asset approximately three years ago, our strategy consisted of a long-term hold in order to execute a development plan within the next seven to 10 years,” explained Teddy Kim, principal of Avanti Real Estate Group, in a news release announcing the deal. “These plans changed when we were presented with an offer representing a sub 6 percent capitalization rate, in an off-market scenario, and we made the decision to dispose the property.”

Avanti Real Estate Group, headquartered in Alexandria, is preparing to acquire two sites in the Old Town area, with additional projects expected to be added into the development pipeline this year. In addition to Kim, Avanti Real Estate Group was founded and is owned by Keinan Ashkenazi and Greg Salvaggio.

“We continue to seek viable opportunities, particularly those positioned within the Capital Beltway region and close to our home base in Alexandria, that match our specificm acquisition criteria,” Kim added. “Our group is extremely well-capitalized and, together with the guidance of NAI KLNB, we intend to remain aggressive in our search for suitable properties.”

“Saxa Realty Group was actively seeking a value-add opportunity to initiate a real estate program within the Washington, D.C. marketplace,” explained Josh Simon of NAI KLNB. “They were attracted, in part, by the neighboring development that is set to occur at the Oakville Industrial Park. Based on the existing tenancy of the building and the future development potential, this represented an excellent acquisition for the company.”

By Mary Ann Barton (Patch Staff)August 24, 2016 10:36 am ET

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