CIM nabs Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower for nearly $240M

Sale price equates to price per square foot of $324
August 31, 2016 01:30PM

Chicago's Tribune Tower

Chicago’s Tribune Tower

From the Los Angeles website: L.A.-based CIM Group has agreed to buy Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower for close to $240 million, Tribune Media announced Tuesday.

The deal, which is part of Tribune’s ongoing $1 billion real estate sell-off, is slated to close by the end of September, the New York Times reported. CIM’s plans for the 1920s-era, 35-story  landmarked property were not immediately clear. 

The $240 million price comprises $205 million paid in cash at closing plus an additional payment of up to $35 million contingent upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. The building totals 740,000 square feet, which equates to a sale price of $324 a foot.

“Monetizing the significant assets of Tribune Media’s real estate portfolio is a strategic priority for the company and we are extremely pleased with the outcome of this sales process,” said Peter Liguori, Tribune Media’s President and CEO. “Importantly, we’re achieving prices consistent with the $1 billion valuation of our portfolio.”

According to its website, in Miami, CIM originated and placed a loan portfolio to fund the acquisition and redevelopment of four retail and office properties in the Design District and Wynwood neighborhood. CIM said it retained the mezzanine portion of the loan. The properties include: a three-story retail and office property with 33,800 square feet of street level retail; a newly-redeveloped retail property with 22,200 square feet of street level retail; and a 13,775-square-foot development site, with a 5,500-square-foot revenue-generating retail site.

In L.A., Tribune is looking to sell 25 acres of developable land in downtown’s Arts District and made a deal in June to sell the Los Angeles Times headquarters, at at 202 West 1st Street, to Canadian real estate investment firm Onni Group for an undisclosed sum.

Meanwhile, CIM has been actively in development mode over the past year. The mid-Wilshire-based firm recently broke ground on a mixed-use project on the 1.3-acre West L.A. site at 11800 West Santa Monica Boulevard. The 147-unit development, dubbed Westgate Santa Monica, will have 40,000 square feet of retail and amenities.

Avi Shemesh, co-founder and principal of CIM, said the company is now looking to expand in the Windy City.

“After being active in the Chicago market for more than a decade, we have recently made several compelling investments that have expanded our growing presence in the city,” he said in a statement. [NYT]