Acadia Realty Trust was formed on March 4, 1993 as a Maryland real estate investment trust. It is a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered equity REIT engaged in the ownership, acquisition, redevelopment and management of retail properties, including neighborhood and community shopping centres and mixed-use properties with retail components. As of December 31, 2013, Company operated 112 properties. These 112 properties primarily consist of street retail, dense suburban neighborhood and community shopping centers and mixed-use properties with a strong retail component. The properties are located in high-barrier-to-entry, densely-populated metropolitan areas in the United States along the East Coast and in Chicago. The Company has private equity investments in other retail real estate related opportunities including investments for which it provides operational support to the operating ventures in which it has a minority equity interest. All of the Company's investments are held by, and all of its operations are conducted through, Acadia Realty Limited Partnership and entities in which the Operating Partnership owns a controlling interest. There are numerous entities that compete with the Company in seeking properties for acquisition and tenants that would lease space in its properties. Its competitors include other REIT's, financial institutions, insurance companies, pension funds, private companies and individuals. Its properties compete for tenants with similar properties mainly on the basis of location, total occupancy costs and the design and condition of the improvements. The Company is in compliance in all material respects with all Federal, state and local ordinances and regulations regarding hazardous or toxic substances.