January 26, 2016

McKinley is pleased to announce that it has signed LLamasoft to a long-term lease at McKinley Towne Centre.  LLamasoft will occupy almost 60,000 square feet at McKinley Towne Centre including the entire second and third floors joining Bodman and Ann Arbor SPARK. Beginning May 1, LLamasoft will join downtown’s growing tech community in the blocks stretching from the University of Michigan’s Diag down East Liberty Street to South Division. Together, companies such as Menlo Innovations, Barracuda Networks and PRIME Research employ hundreds in that area.  McKinley Towne Centre is a mixed use development offering 105,000 square feet of Class A, high-tech office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space at the nexus of the University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor. 

“We talked with several companies about the possibility of moving into McKinley Towne Centre,” stated Albert M. Berriz, CEO of McKinley.  “We spent time focusing on people that we thought would make an impact downtown, that would be committed to Ann Arbor and that would contribute to the community,” he further offered.  “LLamasoft is the global leader in software for supply chain management, and while they have been rapidly expanding globally, they are significantly expanding in Ann Arbor and their key executives are committed to Ann Arbor.”

“LLamasoft continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we also need a world-class environment to support our team members” said Donald A. Hicks, CEO and President of LLamasoft.  “McKinley Towne Centre is the highest quality office building in the downtown core, and it gives our employees the opportunity to enjoy all that Ann Arbor has to offer.  McKinley is a leading corporate citizen as well, and we are excited that our LLamasoft team will have the space they need as we continue our record-setting growth.”


About McKinley

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, McKinley is a leading owner and operator of multifamily and commercial real estate. McKinley owns and manages more than 55 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate throughout 34 states. McKinley specializes in solving complex real estate problems for its own portfolio, as well as for a select clientele of institutional investors and partners.


About LLamasoft

LLamasoft supply chain optimization software enables companies across a wide range of industries to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain network, leading to major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, LLamasoft is a leader in supply chain excellence and innovation, advancing technology focused on continuous improvement of enterprise supply chains for the world’s largest organizations.

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January 21, 2016

McKinley is pleased to announce that Lauren Leach, Director, Commercial Portfolio Management – Institutional Commercial Real Estate has been selected to serve as the 2016 CREW Careers Event Co-Chair along with Heather Olson, Miller Canfield.  Ms. Leach currently serves on the CREW Outreach Committee and is very active in supporting professional development for women in commercial real estate.

The CREW Careers event is a hands-on classroom program designed to introduce Detroit High School girls to the many career opportunities within the commercial real estate profession.  It consists of a one-day program where approximately 60 girls from Golightly High School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, and Detroit Cristo Rey High School join together and with the help of CREW volunteers, they share two meals, learn about networking opportunities, and work most of the day on a real estate project. The teams then present their project to a panel of industry experts for feedback and recognition is given to each team.  The students also learn from a variety of guest speakers and further learn about summer internship opportunities. Since the inaugural event in 2008, CREW Careers has inspired more than 350 girls from Detroit High Schools, as well as engaging more than 200 CREW members as presenters and volunteers.

“Prior to the event, which will be held on May 18, we spend time at each school, meet with the girls to start forming relationships, and we teach them essential life skills,” said Lauren Leach.   “I'm excited about my involvement in what will be a very rewarding experience for my fellow CREW volunteers and for these talented high school girls” offered Leach.

“Lauren is an exceptionally talented executive with extensive real estate experience,” said Albert M. Berriz, Chief Executive Officer.  “She has a strong commitment to development, and we are proud of her efforts in promoting opportunities for these young women.  McKinley’s core purpose is enriching the quality of life in our communities and a key component is our culture of service,” added Berriz. 

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January 15, 2016

McKinley is pleased to announce that OfficeMax has renewed and extended its lease through 2024 at JANAF Shopping Yard.  OfficeMax operates in 23,159 sf and has been a core tenant at JANAF since 1991.  JANAF Shopping Yard is a one million square foot regional shopping destination located at the intersection of Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard in the very heart of the Tidewater MSA. Super Wal-Mart is a parking plate partner and shadow anchor, and JANAF Shopping Yard is the home to over 150 stores, restaurants and services.  McKinley has owned and operated JANAF since 1991, and was instrumental in bringing OfficeMax to Norfolk.

"We are excited to have OfficeMax renew its lease and extend its term at JANAF.  It demonstrates the long-term success that they have had with us, and it also provides a great service for our customers,” said Matthew Mason, Managing Director and Partner, Institutional Commercial Real Estate.  “We have an exceptional and seasoned team at JANAF, and they do a great job caring for our tenants” added Mason.

“Matt and his team had a banner year leasing in 2015 having completed 274 leases for over 2,008,700 sf and $192,000,000 in leasehold value, and they are off to a strong start in 2016,” offered Kenneth P. Polsinelli, Chief Real Estate Officer.  “We are over 98% occupied across our entire portfolio, and we expect several more major announcements in the coming weeks,” he added.

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January 7, 2016

McKinley Institutional Commercial Real Estate (ICRE) is pleased to announce that it has completed the successful resolution and disposition of the Albertson’s portfolio.  McKinley was engaged as the real estate advisor and manager for a 2,094,932 square foot portfolio consisting of a mix of single tenant and net leased assets, fee simple and ground lease interests on September 27, 2012.  The portfolio encompassed 45 assets in 15 states and required a coordinated transition to new management in just a few days.

The portfolio operated in a complicated entity structure, with a multitude of lease formats, variable lease terms and differing landlord/tenant responsibilities.  Many assets were “dark” and not operating, and almost all assets had building code, life safety or deferred maintenance issues at the beginning of the assignment.  McKinley began an immediate and thorough lease review, abstracting all of the key terms, assessing the status of reserves and accurately defining landlord/tenant responsibilities.  Simultaneously, a detailed physical inspection was performed at each property to ascertain the full condition of the assets, define the scope of work needed, collect the appropriate reserves and to cure outstanding defects.

McKinley successfully disposed of 42 of the 45 assets on behalf of our client in June 2013.  Its efforts included coordinating all 3rd party reports, site inspections, estoppels and guiding both legal teams through closing.  As a reflection of the quality of work, the new purchaser engaged McKinley to remain as Manager for these assets.  The remaining three assets suffered from a variety of legal disputes, in which McKinley identified and resolved the key issues and also provided expert testimony at trial.

“I’m very proud of our team members, and how they attacked this very complex assignment,” offered Matt Mason, Managing Director and Partner.  “They mobilized across 15 states, quickly decided upon the key issues and executed flawlessly to resolve the outstanding challenges.  I’m thrilled with the results that we delivered,” he added. 

“Matt and his team are uniquely qualified to handle the most complex assignments” said Kenneth P. Polsinelli, Chief Real Estate Officer.  “They fully understand how to create value across the entire spectrum of real estate issues, and leverage the strength of the entire team to ensure that no opportunity is missed.  Their depth of experience with large scale and complicated assets enables McKinley to deliver unsurpassed results for our institutional clients,” he further added.

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January 5, 2016

McKinley Institutional Commercial Real Estate (ICRE) is pleased to announce the successful disposition of Lincoln Square Shopping Center in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.  McKinley was appointed Receiver on February 24, 2014 and then engaged to continue as Manager post-foreclosure.  During its time as Manager, McKinley completed a comprehensive roof assessment, directed a complete parking lot resurfacing and secured a critical replacement tenant while navigating the asset through contract negotiation and a successful disposition.

"We are pleased to be selected by our client to manage and dispose of Lincoln Square on its behalf," stated Matthew Mason, Managing Director and Partner. "Our team, once again, demonstrated its ability to drive significant results in a very short time frame and meet the objectives of our valued institutional client."

“Matt and his executive team delivered exceptional service, and created the maximum amount of value as quickly as possible,” said Kenneth P. Polsinelli, Chief Real Estate Officer.  “The current retail environment is quite challenging, and McKinley leveraged its expertise and its view as an Owner to produce a great outcome for all stakeholders,” added Polsinelli.

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