MRC and Artemis buy two adjacent New York City industrial buildings for $78 mln

Madison Realty Capital and Artemis Real Estate Partners have acquired two adjacent industrial buildings in Jamaica, Queens. The price of the transaction was $78 million.

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NEW YORK, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Madison Realty Capital (MRC), an institutionally-backed real estate investment firm focused on real estate equity and debt investments in the middle markets, announced the acquisition of two adjacent industrial buildings, with an aggregate rentable area of 613,000 square feet, in Jamaica, Queens, for $78.0 million. The firm partnered with Artemis Real Estate Partners (Artemis) on the transaction.

MRC and Artemis purchased the two properties, located at 184-10 and 184-60 Jamaica Avenue, from a long-term family ownership. The joint venture plans to upgrade both buildings including enhancing the building envelope, mechanical infrastructure, and elevators and capitalize on the increasing demand from industrial and office/industrial (“flex”) users looking for quality industrial stock within the increasingly supply-constrained NYC market. More than 10 million square feet of NYC industrial space has been taken offline over the last decade by investors through either the demolition or repurposing of space for a better use.

“This acquisition is another example of how we are able to utilize our local market knowledge and vertically integrated platform to capitalize on an investment opportunity that addresses a growing demand in the market,” said Josh Zegen, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of MRC. “With the growing importance placed on expedient last mile delivery, today’s industrial sector tenants require proximity to population centers. We believe strongly that the combination of the site’s ideal location on Jamaica Avenue and our planned significant capital improvements will make this an attractive choice to numerous warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing users throughout the city.”

“Artemis is very excited to partner with Madison on these two assets. We believe that the buildings, once upgraded, will be attractive to a number of users who are priced out of the traditional industrial locations in the NYC metro area,” said Michael Bernstein, Principal of Artemis Real Estate Partners.

The property is currently 75% occupied by several warehouse/manufacturing tenants, including French Connection, Hanky Panky, and Gotham Greens. The buildings, originally built in 1923 and 1954, feature five freight elevators, two passenger elevators, and roughly 500 feet of frontage along Jamaica Avenue. The property also features 12 loading docks and a 30,000 SF parking lot with over 100 parking spaces and benefits from its close proximity to Jamaica Station, the largest public transit hub in the borough.

A Cushman & Wakefield brokerage team featuring Adam Doneger, Adam Spies, Josh King and Avery Silverstein sourced Artemis as the equity partner in this transaction. A Pinnacle Realty team led by Decio Baio, Fredric Stein, Steve Nadel and Paul Bralower represented the seller in the deal.

About Madison Realty Capital (MRC)
MRC is a New York-based real estate investment firm that pursues real estate equity and debt investments in the middle market. Founded in 2004, MRC has invested in approximately $6.0 billion of transactions in the multifamily, retail, office, industrial and hotel sectors.

About Artemis Real Estate Partners
Artemis Real Estate Partners invests with best-in-class local operating partners, both established and emerging, in multifamily, office, industrial, retail, hotel, and senior housing across opportunistic, value added and enhanced core strategies. Artemis has raised over $2.5 billion of investor capital across two commingled value-add/opportunistic fund vehicles, one commingled core plus healthcare real estate fund, and a series of emerging manager separate accounts with The New York State Common Retirement Fund, New York City Retirement Systems and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. For more information on Artemis Real Estate Partners, please visit www.artemisrep.com.