Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has announced the purchase of Northwest Innovation Center, a single-story four-building campus, by Pacific Oaks Education Corporation. The acquisition, encompassing 75,000 square feet of space, is part of a long-term strategy developed by NKF for the college allowing it to grow and remain in Pasadena. The four buildings are located at 55 Eureka Street, 45 Eureka Street, 433 N Fair Oaks Avenue and 100 West Villa Street as part of a larger complex.
NKF Executive Managing Directors Josef Farrar and David Kluth along with Managing Director Aliya Coher represented the buyer. The seller, NW Innovation Center, LLC, was represented by Mark Shaffer and Kevin Duffy of CBRE.
Pacific Oaks currently occupies approximately 45,000 square feet of space in the 45 and 55 Eureka Street buildings. The next largest tenant is the State of California. The campus sits on the northwest corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Eureka Street with immediate access to the 210 and 134 freeways and Old Town Pasadena. Pacific Oaks plans to upgrade the campus, built in 1964 and renovated in 2006, with amenities for students.
“Pasadena is a vibrant market and the area surrounding the buildings has seen a great amount of recent building activity with new hotels, multi-unit residential and mixed-used projects,” said Farrar. “Net absorption has been positive for four consecutive years, while rents have increased for three years straight.”
Nearly four years ago NKF initiated a search on behalf of Pacific Oaks College to assist the college with a comprehensive real estate strategy. The challenge was locating a suitable campus location with the proper zoning and parking, among other necessities. NKF successfully convinced the former property owner to sell the campus to Pacific Oaks College.
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