Velocis Completes $15M Renovation, Adds Tenants at Two Eleven Commerce Office Building in Downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Velocis, a private equity real estate investment management firm, has recently completed the $15 million renovation of Two Eleven Commerce, a 233,341-square-foot office building located at 211 Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. Velocis purchased the 11-story office tower in spring 2020 with Lincoln Property Co., the third joint venture between the two Dallas-based firms.

Built in 2000, the office building’s renovations include a two-story lobby with a new glass entry portal, contemporary conference center, integrated tenant lounge with indoor/outdoor seating, onsite catering kitchen and a fitness center with full locker rooms and showers. Other improvements throughout the office tower include upgraded and modernized elevators and elevator bays, exterior paint, new windows and a new gateless entry parking system in the building garage.

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Velocis planning life science/lab space conversion in Rockville

Velocis, a Dallas-based private equity real estate manager, acquired the two-building Research Square at 1500 & 1550 Research Blvd. in the Shady Grove submarket of Rockville in a joint venture with Arlington, Virginia-based Altus Realty.

The acquisition includes 89,640 square feet of office space across two buildings on 7.45 acres, just west of Interstate 270. The Shady Grove submarket is the most sought-after biotech cluster within Maryland’s nationally recognized life science market. The traditional office space will be converted to life science and lab space, with construction scheduled to begin in January 2023.

This submarket consistently ranks as one of the top life sciences clusters in the U.S. The region is home to the headquarters of many distinguished national public health research and regulatory agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Pharmacopeia, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to name just a few.

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Velocis acquires 8.45 acres for $35 million medical office project in Fort Worth

Velocis, a private equity real estate investment management firm based in Dallas, acquired almost 8.5 acres off I-20 in Fort Worth adjacent to the Texas Health Hospital in Willow Park. The land purchase will accommodate the development of two speculative medical offices buildings (MOBs) totaling 100,000 square feet. The price of the land was not disclosed.

Prime Healthcare Properties is Velocis’ development partner and sourced the opportunity for Velocis. Architect is Grace Hebert Curtis Architects, civil engineer is Wier & Associates and the general contractor will be Brasfield & Gorrie.

Velocis Anticipates Growth with San Antonio, Nashville Buys

Velocis recently purchased two multifamily assets, Highline, a 208-unit multifamily community in San Antonio, and Station 40, a 246-unit multifamily community in Nashville. Highline and Station 40 are Velocis’ third and fourth multifamily assets. Velocis also owns multifamily assets in Charlotte and Austin.

“San Antonio and Nashville continue to be top job markets, and both are seeing excellent population and economic growth. We believe the San Antonio to Austin corridor will continue to see robust growth, as will Nashville,” said Jim Yoder, partner. “Multifamily is one of the most dynamic sectors in the real estate industry. Both assets provide value-add opportunities and are poised to achieve strong rent growth.”

Built in 2000, Highline is located 10 minutes east of the University of Texas at San Antonio and across the street from the new University Village mixed-use development. Once completed, University Village will span 114 acres, and include 320,000 square feet of office and 119,000 square feet of retail, all walkable from Highline.

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Why Velocis Chose Dallas for Its Industrial Debut

Partner Paul Smith offers a full picture of the company’s recent decision to enter new territory.

As online shopping transitioned from “an option” to “first choice” for many end clients in the past few years, demand for space has skyrocketed. An increasing number of companies continue to enter the booming industrial sector and developers are barely keeping pace.

According to CommercialEdge data, almost 500 million square feet of industrial space was under development across the country as of July, with the Dallas-Fort Worth market leading the way, with 32.6 million square feet under construction.

Last month, Velocis kicked off its entry into the industrial sector with the acquisition of two development sites in the Dallas area. The company teamed up with Sumitomo Corp. of Americas to develop 850,000 square feet of Class A industrial space in the South Dallas and the Great Southwest submarkets of Texas. Partner Paul Smith offered Commercial Property Executive an in-depth view on the strategy behind this move.

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West Palm Beach office tower sold for $61M

The 18-story One Clearlake Centre office in downtown West Palm Beach sold for $60.7 million.

Velocis Clearlake SPE LLC, a partnership between Velocis and CREC Capital, sold the 220,000-square-foot office at 250 S. Australian Ave. to a partnership of Miami-based Tricera Capital, Palm Beach-based NDT Development, Boston-based New England Development and Boston-based Rockpoint Group. The deal was brokered by JLL. The price equated to $276 a square foot for the offie space. It also includes a 669-space parking garage. 

One Clearlake Centre last traded for $42.3 million in 2017, so it gained in value. 

The tower was developed on the 2.9-acre site alongside a lake in 1987. 

Tricera Capital is also building the Press mixed-use project in West Palm Beach.

“We are very excited about the One Clearlake acquisition, and continue to be extremely bullish on the city and its long-term growth,” Tricera co-founder and Managing Principal Ben Mandell said. “The building’s location, quick easy access to the interstate, sublime water views, upscale finishes and flexible floor plates make OCL an ideal fit for any local, national or global company that desires to be in downtown West Palm Beach.”

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Dallas-based Velocis buys downtown office building, plans renovations

For its first Nashville project, a Dallas-based real estate company bought an office building in the heart of downtown Nashville, with plans for significant renovations.

In a joint venture with Lincoln Property Co., Velocis bought the 232,194-square-foot complex at 211 Commerce Street. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal said the figure was around $50 million.

Velocis is also putting $13 million into refurbishing the structure, which ranks among the largest downtown office buildings, according to Nashville Business Journal research. Construction is expected to start within 90 days and wrap up by year’s end, said Jim Yoder, a founding partner at Velocis.

“We think Nashville has become a haven for technology and financial services and maybe somebody who’s looking for a little more hip environment, and so we’re going to try to create that,” Yoder said.

This is Velocis’ first buy in Nashville. But the Texas-based firm has a significant stake in Austin, another popular tourist destination, and has been scouting Music City for a year or so trying to find the right project, Yoder said. He lists similarities between the two cities’ dynamics and energy, along with Nashville’s strong entertainment business, as attractions.

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Velocis Makes 2nd Multifamily Acquisition

The company acquired a 240-unit community in Austin, Texas from Stratus Properties.

Velocis has completed the acquisition of The Saint Mary, a 240-unit Class A community in Austin, Texas. Stratus Properties sold the asset, which had an occupancy rate of 85 percent at the time of the deal.

Wildhorn Capital assisted the buyer in sourcing the purchase and will oversee management operations. Berkadia marketed the community on behalf of the seller. In June 2018, the developer financed the project with a $26 million loan from Texas Capital Bank, according to Yardi Matrix data.

Located on 14 acres at 7500 W. Slaughter Lane, the garden-style property encompasses 18 three-story buildings completed in 2019. The unit mix has one- and two-bedroom floorplans with sizes between 884 and 1,432 square feet. The amenity package includes a gym, a swimming pool, business center and open-air kitchen.

The current transaction marks Velocis’ second multifamily acquisition. Towards 2020’s end, the company acquired its first residential asset: the 201-unit Beverley community in Charlotte, N.C. Proffitt Dixon Partners sold the property for $53 million, Yardi Matrix data shows. Velocis received a $35.2 million acquisition loan from Prime Finance Partners for that purchase.

In December, Wildhorn Capital acquired Bradford Pointe, a 264-unit community in Austin, Texas. The company secured a $24.4 million Freddie Mac loan originated by CBRE.

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Ballantyne-area apartments trade to Texas real estate firm Velocis for $53M

More suburban apartments have sold in Charlotte, this time to an investor that recently entered the apartments acquisition space.

Dallas, Texas-based Velocis, a private equity real estate manager, has acquired the Beverley apartment property in the Ballantyne area, at 11926 N. Community House Road. Velocis paid $53 million for the 201-unit property, or a little more than $260,000 per unit.

This is the first apartment acquisition for Velocis, the company said. Much of its portfolio includes office buildings, although it also owns retail and mixed-use properties. In Charlotte, it also owns a data center in uptown.

As a few commercial asset classes have become more uncertain through the Covid-19 pandemic, some investors have begun buying, for the first time, apartment properties, as JLL and others have noted. Charlotte has seen a buying spree of apartments in the second half of 2020, especially in the suburbs. The sector has been widely viewed as more stable and resilient through the pandemic.

Beverley, which was developed by Charlotte-based Proffitt Dixon Partners, finished construction this year. The property was 71% leased at the time of sale. Beverley includes amenities like coworking spaces, a rooftop deck, saltwater pool, dog park, spa, fitness center and upscale interior finishes.

Jim Yoder, partner at Velocis, said in a statement the firm sees immense opportunity in the U.S. multifamily market but remains incredibly prudent in how it deploys capital.

“In fact, we looked at nearly 100 multifamily assets before finding the right fit with Beverley,” Yoder said. “As a new, high quality, top-of-market asset in the late lease-up stage, the fundamentals we found in Beverley will allow us to continue the property’s leasing momentum toward stabilization without renovation costs and the associated risk.”

JLL marketed the Beverley property.

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Velocis and Moore & Associates Sell Shirlington Tower

The office building, which was purchased half-empty in 2015, was marketed in 2019 following Velocis and Moore’s successful repositioning and lease-up

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 13, 2020 — Velocis and Moore & Associates are pleased to announce the sale of Shirlington Tower (2900 South Quincy Street), a best-in-class, 233,446 square foot office building in Arlington, VA, to Monday Properties. The asset was marketed for sale in September 2019, with the buyer and seller initially planning to transact in the first quarter of 2020. Although the emergence of the pandemic delayed the sale, Monday and the Velocis/Moore partnership remained committed to completing the transaction.

“2900 South Quincy is a hidden gem,” Dallas-based Velocis Co-Founder & Partner Mike Lewis said. “It’s the newest and highest quality building in Shirlington, which is immediately adjacent to a quarter-million square feet of destination retail, offering easy access to downtown DC, the Pentagon, and now Amazon HQ2.”

Within their first four years of ownership, Velocis and Bethesda-based Moore & Associates improved common areas and tenant spaces, delivering high-end finishes and spec suites that allowed them to reintroduce the previously overlooked building to the market and drive occupancy from 48% to 97%. “Partnering with an organization like Velocis is invaluable,” Vince Coviello, CEO & President of Moore & Associates, said. “Their market expertise, talent for identifying opportunities, and our shared passion for unlocking value continues to result in successful repositioning.”

Shirlington Tower is Velocis and Moore’s third disposition. In 2015, the partnership sold two office buildings simultaneously in Austin, Texas, for $48.8 million, less than two years after acquiring them for $29.7 million.

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