Global commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark is pleased to announce the sale of 1 Independence Way in Princeton, New Jersey (“1 Independence”), on behalf of Normandy Real Estate Partners.
Representing Normandy Real Estate Partners were Kevin Welsh, Brian Schulz and Chuck Kohaut of Newmark’s Capital Markets team, with support from leasing broker Steve Tolkach, who specializes in the Princeton, NJ market. The Newmark team was also responsible for securing the Buyer, Guardian Realty, who assumed the existing CMBS mortgage.
1 Independence is a 113,998-square-foot, Class A office building that is 100% leased to two investment-grade tenants: S&P Global (Moody’s A3), a global financial information company; and Trimble MAPS (formerly ALK Technologies, rated Moody’s Baa3), a leading provider of navigation software. These tenants offer stable long-term cash flow with 7.6± years of weighted average lease term.
With a generational investment in the building’s infrastructure highlighted by $16.1MM in recent capital improvements (including $11.0+MM invested by the tenants), the Property offers a highly-amenitized modern work environment with limited near-term capital exposure. The Property’s visible Route 1 location also provides exceptional access to a skilled labor force and an expanding mixed-use environment.
“Normandy Real Estate Partners was able to create substantial value by repositioning 1 Independence, driven by major capital enhancements and the execution of two long-term investment-grade leases,” said Welsh, executive managing director at Newmark. “Guardian Realty is well positioned to benefit from a durable cash flow stream and continued value appreciation, with in-place rents that are ±15% below market in Princeton’s transforming ‘live/work/play’ environment.”
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