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Connect Midwest: Multifamily Adaptive & Reuse Trends – Chicago June 13


Connect Midwest: Multifamily Adaptive & Reuse Trends – Chicago June 13

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Condo Deconversions in the South Loop, Lakeview Test the Investment Sales Market

A pair of developers that turned big condominium buildings into apartments over the past several years have put them up for sale, reported Crain’s Chicago Business. They’re hoping to defy what has become a difficult market to sell almost any kind of real estate.

In the larger of the two, an entity led by Chicago-based investors Marc Realty and Wolcott Group intends to sell the 448-unit River City Apartment complex at 800 S. Wells St. in the South Loop. Separately, a venture of real estate firm Strategic Properties of North America has put the 207-unit Wave Lakeview apartment high-rise at 420 W. Belmont Ave. on the market. Both owners have hired the Chicago office of JLL to market the properties.

The sellers are part of a trove of developers that have taken on so-called condo deconversion projects in the city in recent years as condo popularity faded and rents in apartment buildings reached record highs. Now they’ll find out whether those conversions will pay off as they hoped, Crain’s reported.


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