Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“We like to be on the corner of Main and Main,” he says. “It's no different than McDonald's.”

Yeah, no rat-shit.

Old Circuit City in Clybourn Corridor gets new lease on life
(Crain's) — A self-storage company has bought a mostly empty building in the Clybourn Corridor shopping district that once housed a Circuit City, paying about half of the $20 million owed on the property when its lender filed to foreclose two years ago.
 
A trust associated with Barrington-based Life Storage Centers LLC purchased the building at 1030 W. North Ave. for $10.8 million in March from a venture of Miami Beach, Fla.-based LNR Property LLC, a so-called special servicer of troubled loans, county records show.
Circuit City Stores Inc. once leased about 35,000 square feet, or 31 percent of the four-story, 114,000-square-foot building. But the electronics retailer closed the store in November 2008 and went out of business the following year.



By June 2010 the previous ownership group, led by Chicago furniture dealer Lloyd Stein, began missing payments on a securitized loan encumbering the building, according to a foreclosure suit a loan trustee filed in October of that year.
The LNR venture took ownership of the property in March 2011, according to a sheriff's deed. Mr. Stein did not return a call seeking comment.
Cheri Grossman, senior acquisitions officer for Chicago-based JRG Capital Partners LLC, which invests in underutilized urban properties, says Circuit City was likely seen by its lender as a stable retailer that would generate a reliable income steam. Circuit City began its lease in 2003, with the former owners taking out the loan the following year.


“You could see how you could get a loan that in today's market is hard to imagine,” she says. “But it was done based on the economics of the time.”
Ms. Grossman says JRG toured the property for a possible acquisition but ultimately decided not to bid because they don't have a specific use in mind for it.


“I definitely think it was priced based on the vacancy of the building and the need for a redevelopment,” says Christopher Barry, a co-owner of Life Storage.
Life Storage had been scouting for a site in the area for about five years, he says. He likes the location across from an Old Navy store and other retailers.


“We like to be on the corner of Main and Main,” he says. “It's no different than McDonald's.”
The project will include at least one level of self-storage, as well as retail and office space, Mr. Barry explains. The exact layout will depend on how leasing proceeds. He says one retailer was interested in taking the first two floors of the building; he declines to name the company.
Some of Life Storage's 18 current locations take a mixed-used approach, says Mr. Barry, while others are stand-alone storage facilities.


The Life Storage-affiliated trust in March borrowed $11.7 million from several individuals and a family trust that listed Chicago-based investment firm Performance Trust Capital Partners LLC as its address, county records show. A message left for a Performance Trust executive was not returned.
Mr. Barry says the loan will pay for interior and exterior enhancements, plus fund tenant improvement costs.
The property also includes a 200-space attached parking garage and a basement. Just one tenant, a gym, is currently leasing space in the structure, Mr. Barry says. It occupies about 10,000 square feet, according to real estate data provider CoStar Group Inc.



http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120613/CRED03/120619928?template=printart
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