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by Jill Jamieson-Nichols

One of the country’s oldest

real estate investment com-

panies entered the Denver

market with its acquisition of

Denver City Center, the larg-

est deal to close in the metro

area this year.

The nearly 1.3 million-

square-foot property com-

prises a full block with two

Class A office towers – 707

17th St. and Johns Manville

Plaza at 717 17th St. – along

with the largest outdoor

plaza in Denver’s central

business district. The price

reportedly was $286 million.

Shorenstein Properties, a

San Francisco-based com-

pany that owns more than

$7.5 billion worth of office

properties, bought Denver

City Center from Crescent

Real Estate Holdings LLC.

Crescent recently completed

an approximately $7 million

renovation that included cre-

ating a second main entry

at 707 17th St., adding new

retail space and storefront

glass, redoing the lobbies

and renovating the plaza to

enhance its appeal.

“The seller had put a tre-

mendous amount of money

into repositioning this asset.

They had really done a phe-

nomenal job in the lobbies,”

said HFF Senior Managing

D i r e c t o r

Mary Sul-

livan, who

h a n d l e d



with John

Jugl, also

a senior


director at


T h e

property has an inbound

light-rail stop across the street

and is catty-corner from an

outbound stop. “There is less

than a handful of assets that

Denver City Center sale tops 2013 deals

Photo by Steve Zavodny

A pair of office towers and the largest outdoor plaza in Denver’s

central business district make up Denver City Center.

by Jennifer Hayes

A privately held California-

based real estate company

acquired the Alexan at Briar-

gate apartment community in

the highest-priced multifamily

sale ever to close in Colorado


Passco Companies LLC,

which specializes in the invest-

ment, acquisition, development

and management of commer-

cial properties throughout the

United States, paid $54 million

for the community, renamed


The $167,701 price per unit

also represents the highest

price per unit ever achieved

in Colorado Springs, noted

Kevin McKenna of ARA Colo-

rado, who handled the transac-

tion with ARA Colorado’s Jeff

Hawks and DougAndrews.

“Properties like this don’t

come up in a market this size,”

said McKenna. “It’s a different

price point, a different pool of

buyers. There was a lot of inter-

est in the asset.

“It's not often an asset like this

comes on the market. Buyers

realized that this was a unique

opportunity to control a mar-

ket-leading property in a great

location. They were attracted to

by John Rebchook

When shopping center

owner Jamie Harris received

a cold call from Marcus &

Millichap broker Chris

Wiedenmayer asking if he

was interested in buying

the Mayfair Center, Harris

didn’t hesitate.

“Literally, I said, “How

soon can you meet me over

there?’” said Harris, who

recently began a $2.25 mil-

lion renovation of the cen-

ter at East 14th Avenue and

Krameria Street in the up-

and-coming neighborhood

in Denver.

When they met at the cen-

ter, Harris told Widenmayer

on the spot that he wanted


“I think he was like, ‘Oh,

yeah, sure,’” recalled Har-

ris, who purchased the

11,700-square-foot center in

October for $1.35 million, 60

percent of what he is putting

into the redevelopment.

Harris, who purchased it

through a single-asset lim-

ited liability company, Chair

Five (which pays homage to

Chair 5 in Vail, as Harris and

his family are avid skiers),

lives in Lowry, five minutes

from the Mayfair Center.

Passco Cos. pays $54 million for Vue21 Center a labor of love for developer

A privately held California-based real estate company acquired the 322-unit Alexan at Briargate apart-

ment community, renamed Vue21, in the highest-pricedmultifamily sale to ever close in Colorado Springs.

A view of the new Mayfair Center

Mary Sullivan

Please see City Center, Page 12 Please see Passco, Page 18 Please see Center, Page 10


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Apartment developers pulled twice

as many permits in the first 10

months of the year as compared

with the same period in 2012

Tale of two cities

The developers of a major new

mixed-use development in Superior

aim to bridge the gap between

the old and new parts of town

New showing

A national real estate

investment company debuts in Denver

with the $16.6 million acquisition of a

Castle Rock apartment community

Suburban standout

Granite Properties pays $26

million for Prentice Plaza, a

Class A office building in the

heart of the Denver Tech Center


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