Since its inception in 2009, Alliance has acquired over 9 million square feet of commercial real estate. After implementing its value creation plan for each property, Alliance will choose to hold or sell each property on a case-by-case basis. Below is a selection of properties we own or have recently owned:
In September 2014, Alliance acquired the former Destination Maternity warehouse, a full city block on the edge of Philadelphia’s thriving Northern Liberties neighborhood. After the Destination Maternity’s short-term leaseback ended in November 2015, Alliance focused on adaptive reuse of the existing, 190,0000+/- square-foot, brick warehouse building. Alliance leased the entire building to three tenants on long-term leases: Yards Brewing Company opened their 70,000-square-foot brewery and tap room in November 2017; the City of Philadelphia’s Archives Department opened their 70,000-square-foot facility in April 2018; and Target opened their 50,000-square-foot “urban format” retail store in August 2018.
In 2019, Alliance will develop a ground-up, mixed-use building with 50 apartment units and 11,000 square feet of retail space. This final phase of the SoNo project will mark the first large-scale, ground-up residential construction project in more than 30 years in the East Callowhill district.
Nashville City Center
In 2013, Alliance acquired Nashville City Center, a 482,000 square foot office building in the Central Business District (“CBD”) of Nashville, Tennessee. As part of the transaction, Alliance had to complete the construction of a six-level subterranean parking garage within six months of purchase. Alliance completed the garage two months ahead of schedule, increasing the property’s parking ratio to an above-market 1.75 per 1,000 square feet.
In addition to the garage completion, Alliance had to reposition the building to allow it to effectively compete with the new buildings in the Nashville CBD market. After surveying both the market and the existing tenants, the following amenities were added:
- A new fitness center, complete with a yoga studio and free daily classes,
- An outdoor food kiosk nicknamed “The Shack” that has a daily rotation of various local food vendors, and
- A music entertainment area known as the “the JamNasium” where the building’s tenants can practice, perform, and record music (the venue is also used to showcase upcoming new performers in a summer concert series).
To activate these amenities and create a building community, Alliance introduced to the project its “Building Social” proprietary internet platform and a “Community Manager”. The Community Manager is responsible for organizing programming activations for the building’s tenants such as sponsored happy hours, yoga and meditation classes, food truck pop-ups, and more.
Alliance’s redevelopment strategy proved to be a success. Warner Music chose Nashville City Center to be the location of its U.S. Shared Services division and relocated dozens of jobs from New York and California to Nashville. Additionally, just two weeks after one of the property’s anchor tenant vacated, Alliance was able to backfill the vacancy to the Global Business Services unit of Philips and maintain the building’s occupancy at 92%.
Hamilton Industrial Park
In 2015, Alliance acquired two adjacent, vacant industrial buildings with a combined 320,000 square feet of space located in the Greenville-Spartanburg market of South Carolina. Greenville-Spartanburg is a growing industrial market with 200+ million square feet of industrial space and well positioned along Interstate 85 with rail connectivity to the Port of Charleston. BMW, the German luxury automobile manufacturer, has its highest-production manufacturing plant worldwide located in Spartanburg, which operation has been a material catalyst to industrial demand.
The buildings were former textile manufacturing facilities and in severe disrepair after being abandoned for 10 years. Nonetheless, the buildings had masonry walls and excellent column spacing. Alliance saw an opportunity to purchase and redevelop the properties to high-quality warehouse space at a cost that was 30% below the cost of a new warehouse, which was enhanced by utilizing South Carolina textile mill rehabilitation and abandoned building tax credits.
Alliance speculatively made extensive improvements to the distressed property to prepare it for leasing, including interior demolition, a new roof, re-pouring portions of concrete floors, dock upgrades, new ESFR sprinkler system, new T-5 lighting, and repaving the parking lot. The property’s “like new” condition and attractive rents allowed Alliance to secure major tenants in the automotive supply and food distribution industries. Alliance is holding the property.
Alliance redeveloped the former Trinity Corporate Center into ArborRidge: a state of the art, 125,000 sf suburban office campus. Prior to Alliance ownership the Malvern Pennsylvania campus was less than 10% occupied. Alliance leased ArborRidge to 90%+ occupancy and sold to a private real estate investor in 2016.