JPMorgan Set to Acquire Activision Blizzard HQ from CalSTRS
JP Morgan Asset Management is poised to acquire the Activision Blizzard headquarters in Santa Monica from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), reported Los Angeles Business First. The reported $165.5-million purchase price comes in below the $180 million CalSTRS asked when it put the fully leased office property on the market this past February.
Known as the Pen Factory, the 222,000-square-foot, Class A property at 2701 Olympic Blvd. was converted from a former PaperMate factory in 2017. Its then-owners, Lincoln Property Company and Clarion Partners, sold it to CalSTRS after completing renovations.
Activision Blizzard occupies nearly 90,000 square feet at the Pen Factory, Business Firstreported. The sale of its headquarters occurs a few weeks before its $69-billion acquisition by Microsoft is scheduled to close.
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).