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September 2016 Archives

California schools real estate dispute goes to court

With the advancements in educational technology, it is common for colleges and universities to offer courses online rather than having students live on campus or commute to classes. Because of this, many institutions save money by minimizing their physical presence. This is the situation in which California's Claremont School of Theology finds itself. However, the sale of institutional property is not always easy, and the school is currently embroiled in a real estate dispute with its affiliate, the Claremont Consortium.

A tale of two cities attracting developers and investors

In our prior posts, we have noted how the near future is bright for construction of commercial projects in Southern California. Cheap money, job growth and population growth are all substantial drivers of this growth. But for investors and developers, the principal question is where to find appropriate deals.

Factors to consider in mixed use developments

In a number of our posts, we have highlighted how the commercial real estate industry has shown signs of optimism, both in the construction of new facilities and the creation of mixed use facilities that incorporate retail, office and residential living spaces.

The challenge of upzoning in a growing region

In a prior post, we highlighted the notion of “what’s old is new again” as a redevelopment plan in Los Angeles’ theatre district has revitalized that section of the city. However, making old new again may not be enough to accommodate the growing number of residents and transplants to the city. According to an estimate by UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate, an estimated 300,000 people will move to the region in the next few decades. 

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