Longmont building trades for $68.5 million

Boulder County Business Center
West, Safety Services and DigitalGlobe anchor the building at 1601 Dry Creek Drive in Longmont. (Rocky Mountain Photography)

A New York investor spent $68.5 million on half a million square feet of industrial space in Longmont.

Boulder Acquisitions LLC, led by a Brooklyn-based private investor, bought Boulder County Business Center, a 556,410-sf building at 1601 Dry Creek Drive. EQC Operating Trust, an Equity Commonwealth affiliate, sold the property for $123.11 per sf.

DigitalGlobe and West, Safety Services, (formerly Intrado) anchor the building.

West, Safety Services, a 911 technology and services company, occupies about 300,000 sf of the space. The property was 100 percent leased at the time of the sale; however, DigitalGlobe, a Westminster-based satellite imagery company, will vacate 80,000 sf in July and remain a tenant in about 93,000 sf, according to Paul Donahue of Newmark Knight Frank, who handled the sale with NKF’s John Jugl.

“There was over 10 years of average weighted term in place, so it was a good cash flow play, but you did have the ability to enhance the return profile by leasing up that additional space that was given back,” said Donahue, who said there was a “good level” of investor interest in the property.

“Obviously, it’s a larger transaction for Longmont, but we did have a good group of names come to the table,” he said.

Built in 1982, Boulder County Business Center is located along the Diagonal Highway (Highway 119), near the Village at the Peaks retail and entertainment center.

The building was the second large industrial property to trade in Longmont within the last six months. Broe Real Estate Group bought the 461,320-sf former Seagate Technology/Maxtor campus at 2452 Clover Basin Drive and is in the process of repositioning it as creative office space.

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Jill Jamieson-Nichols has been an Editor with the Colorado Real Estate Journal for more than 15 years, providing coverage of office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use development news in the Denver metro area, plus all property types in Northern Colorado, Boulder County and along the Highway 36 corridor. Prior to joining CREJ, Jill was Editor of Golden's community newspaper, The Golden Transcript. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo. When she's not keeping you up-to-date on the latest happenings in Colorado's commercial real estate market, Jill can be found cross-country skiing, exploring the outdoors with her dog, playing piano, reading, or hanging out with family and friends.