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Northstar completes value-add with $39.67M sale

Cherry Creek Place I and II are located at Interstate 225 and Parker Road.

Northstar Commercial Partners added value to a pair of Aurora office buildings and sold them for twice what it paid.

Cherry Creek Place I and II sold for a total of $39.67 million. Northstar had owned Cherry Creek Place II at 3190 S. Vaughn Way since 2009, when it paid $4.6 million for the asset. It bought Cherry Creek Place I at 3131 S. Vaughn two years ago for $13.5 million.

Located off Interstate 225 and Parker Road, the buildings comprise 399,967 square feet of multitenant office space.

The buyer wasn’t named; however, records list it as 3131 S. Vaughn Way LP, apparently an affiliate of Austin, Texas-based Pennybacker Capital. Pennybacker didn’t return an email inquiry about the transaction.

“The sale of CCP I and II truly represents a success story, acting out the core of our company’s mission of creating opportunity, empowering people and strengthening communities,” Northstar Chairman and CEO Brian Watson said in a statement.

“Northstar carried out high-quality building renovations at Cherry Creek Place I and II, and the property featured great tenancy,” said Peter Merrion of HFF, who represented the seller with HFF’s Mark Katz and Jules Sherwood. “The quality of the property and tenancy, combined with the strong market fundamentals and the proximity to the R Line, helped generate significant investor interest in Cherry Creek Place I and II.”

Cherry Creek Place I was a distressed asset with 69.93 percent occupancy when Northstar acquired it. Northstar Commercial signed multiple leases, bringing occupancy to 95 percent. The largest tenants include TransFirst Holdings Inc., Avitus and Edward Jones.

Cherry Creek Place II is a six-story building that Northstar acquired vacant, at 12 percent of its replacement cost. Northstar since has signed eight tenants, bringing occupancy to 97 percent and significantly increasing the property’s value. ADT Security Systems, Nationwide Insurance and the state of Colorado are tenants in the building.

“Being able to take these two office assets, place them fully back into productivity and turn for a successful sale is truly beneficial for everyone involved,” said Watson. “We’re honored to play the role we have in providing space to meet the needs of our tenants and truly grateful for a successful sale.”

Featured in CREJ’s July 18-31, 2018, issue

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…