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BOSTON, MA

Four Leases Totalling Over 20,000 SF Signed at Tower Point Boston; Three Companies Moving to City’s Innovation District

Boston Plan for Excellence, Guaranteed Rate, Zerto and Bennett Group Sign for 21,887 SF


BOSTON, Jan. 25, 2012 — Meritage Properties LLC announced today that it has executed four lease transactions for a combined 21,887 square feet at Tower Point @ A Street, Boston. Located in the city’s Innovation District, Tower Point has benefitted from the migration of technology and emerging companies to this area. The leases are signed with: the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), Guaranteed Rate, Zerto, and Bennett Group. Jones Lang LaSalle is the exclusive leasing agent for Tower Point.

“Adding these four firms to our building is a direct reflection of the desirability of the South Boston Waterfront and our property,” said Meritage Properties’ Erin Shaw, who oversees the Boston region for the firm. “Over four years of ownership, Meritage has repositioned Tower Point through first-class management and high impact capital improvements, including an on-going lobby renovation, designed specifically to appeal to the type of creative, cutting edge tenants attracted to the area.  Jones Lang LaSalle has played a key role in this repositioning, ensuring that Tower Point is consistently on the forefront of the enthusiasm bringing new businesses to the Innovation District.”

Boston Plan for Excellence, a local education fund and non-profit, will occupy approximately half of the building’s first floor, relocating from 6 Beacon Street in Boston. Zerto, a continuity and disaster recovery solutions company, is moving its new US headquarters from 225 Franklin Street in Boston and will occupy part of the 5th floor. Bennett Group is moving its headquarters from Framingham, and Guaranteed Rate is relocating from neighbouring 311 Summer Street.

Jones Lang LaSalle Managing Director Ben Heller, Executive Vice President Tom ORegan, and Assistant Vice President Bryan Sparkes served as brokers representing owner Meritage Properties. Senior Vice President Tom Ashe of Richards Barry Joyce represented Zerto. BPE was represented by Senior Managing Director Christopher McMahon of Newmark Knight Frank and Tom Robinson of Commonwealth Commercial, Jones Lang LaSalle Senior Vice President Brad McGill and Associate Ben Hux represented Guaranteed Rate, and Jones Lang LaSalle Associate Kelly Lockberg joined Mr. Sparkes in negotiations on behalf of Bennett Group. Tower Point stands at 65% leased today, with the ability to accommodate users from 6,000 sf up to 95,000 sf.

Tower Point is a completely repositioned brick and beam building located at the gateway of the waterfront. The six-story boutique gem with its iconic brick tower is positioned across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center less than five minutes from South Station, the Financial District, Logan Airport, and the Silver Line, with major highway access to I-93 and I-95. The building hosts a dedicated shuttle bus to transport tenants and visitors to and from South and North Stations throughout the day. It provides on-site property management and security, 58 parking spaces for tenants, and 24/7 card-key access.

According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sparkes: “The move here by Zerto, BPE, and Bennett Group further validates the strong appeal of the Innovation District to users in the marketplace. The building’s flexible floor plates and upgraded infrastructure were pivotal factors in the transactions. Meritage has done a great job of creating a classic, high-end multi-tenant building with a creative work environment amidst every amenity. Ongoing interest from other users remains strong, and we believe Tower Point is well positioned for the future of the District.”

About Meritage Properties                     
Founded in 2003, Meritage Properties (www.meritageprop.com) is a value-oriented owner operator of mid-sized properties, primarily focused on the Boston to Washington, D.C. corridor. Meritage seeks value creation through selective acquisitions, hands-on property repositioning, disciplined operating principals and focused asset and property management. Since inception, Meritage has acquired interests in 3 million square feet of office space and approximately 500 residential units valued at over $750 million.  Meritage now manages three multi-property investment vehicles: Meritage/Oppenheimer Real Estate Value Partners (“Fund I”) holds interests in nine properties; Meritage/Oppenheimer Real Estate Value Partners II LP (“Fund II”) holds interests in eight properties; and Meritage/Oppenheimer Real Estate Value Partners III LP (“Fund III”) holds interests in two properties to date and continues to seek acquisition opportunities.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 185 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide.
LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the worlds largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $47.9 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.