Investor purchases Charlotte’s Metropolitan Midtown
JLL Capital Markets sees increasing investor demand for Carolinas; long-term outlook is positive on the area
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 27, 2020 – JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has completed the sale and financing of Metropolitan Midtown, a premier mixed-use development featuring 342,233 square feet of office and retail space and a 1.3-acre development parcel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
JLL represented the seller, institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and procured the buyer, funds affiliated with Northwood Investors LLC. Additionally, JLL worked on behalf of the buyer, to secure an acquisition loan.
Completed in 2008, Metropolitan Midtown is one of the city’s premier urban mixed-use properties offering 170,589 square feet of office space and 171,644 square feet of retail alongside a 1,110-space parking deck. The office component is 97.1% leased and includes investment grade tenants representing a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, insurance, healthcare, real estate and technology. The retail portion of Metropolitan Midtown is anchored by a top-performing Trader Joe’s and is complemented by a mix of national and local tenants, including Marshalls, Best Buy, and Zoe’s Kitchen.
The project is located at 1111 Metropolitan Avenue and serves as the anchor for the Midtown / South End submarket. Metropolitan Midtown is a vibrant part of the neighborhood hosting a variety of lifestyle events that spur community involvement, including fitness events, movie nights, festivals, workshops and more. With a location immediately adjacent to Interstate 277, the property offers easy ingress and egress for commuters and is a short drive to Charlotte’s central business district, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte Douglas Airport and the affluent Dilworth and Myers Park residential enclaves.
The JLL Capital Markets team representing the seller was led by Senior Managing Directors Ryan Clutter and Richard Reid and Senior Directors Chris Lingerfelt, Tom Kolarczyk, Hunter Barron and Zack Drozda.
“Metropolitan Midtown is positioned within one of the most sought-after corridors for new development in Charlotte,” Clutter said. “This area has experienced an unprecedented amount of new development, announcements, and investor demand in the last 24 months, driving rental rate growth and further tightening vacancy in the submarket.
“We are very excited to see Northwood Investors transform this asset by utilizing their exceptionally strong experience and operating company platforms in the office, retail and development space,” added Lingerfelt.
The financing efforts were led by JLL Capital Market’s Senior Managing Director Travis Anderson.
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About J.P Morgan Global Alternatives
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About Northwood Investors
Northwood Investors is a privately held, real estate private equity firm that owns and operates real estate across the US and Europe. The firm currently manages approximately $8 billion of investor capital. Northwood's flagship fund seeks to opportunistically acquire well-located real estate with a plan to create value through hands-on asset management. Northwood is vertically-integrated with in-house operating teams across the office, multifamily, retail and hospitality sectors. Please visit northwoodinvestors.com for more information.