Kite Realty Group Trust KRG (the “Company”) is providing a leasing and joint venture update for its planned Parkside Town Commons development project in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Overview of the Project
Parkside Town Commons is a planned multi-phased 580,000 square foot retail development located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Phase I will be anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store and a non-owned Target. Phase II will be anchored by Golf Galaxy, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, and a new concept owned by a national credit tenant focused on outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping. The retail site is directly adjacent to Research Triangle Park, which serves as the home to a work force of 52,000 people and more than 170 companies, including IBM, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelity Investments, and RTI International. The demographics within the trade area of the project are attractive, with a population density of nearly 86,000 and an average household income in excess of $113,000.
Leasing Update – Phase I
The development's primary anchor, Target Corporation, has acquired 10.7 acres of land for the construction of a 135,000 square foot store in the project's first phase. In addition, Harris Teeter-Neighborhood Food and Pharmacy has signed a ground lease and will construct a 53,000 square foot grocery store. Phase I of the development is expected to contain approximately 250,000 total square feet with an estimated project cost of approximately $39 million. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2013 with an estimated opening in the Spring of 2014.
Leasing Update – Phase II
The second phase of the development is expected to contain a total of approximately 330,000 square feet which includes square footage attributable to non-owned outlots. Leases have been executed with three of the primary anchor tenants in Phase II of the development: a 35,000 square foot Golf Galaxy; a 56,000 square foot Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille which will include 12 screens, 16 bowling lanes, and a full-service restaurant; as well as a 50,000 square foot new concept owned by a national credit tenant focused on outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping. Phase II construction is anticipated to commence in late 2013 or early 2014 with an estimated project cost of approximately $66 million.
Joint Venture Update
On December 31, 2012, in advance of construction commencement on the development, the Company acquired its partner's 60% interest in the project for $13.3 million, including assumption of the partner's $8.7 million share of indebtedness on the project. The acquisition of the partner's interest is at a significant discount to book cost which enhances the Company's overall project return and enables the Company to receive 100% of the future cash flow from this project. As a result of this opportunistic buyout, the Company is required under generally accepted accounting principles to re-measure its original equity method investment in the development. The Company anticipates recognizing a net loss of approximately $7.8 - $8.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. This is a non-cash charge that will not impact the Company's liquidity or its funds from operations for 2012.
“The Parkside Town Commons development is very well located real estate adjacent to the Research Triangle Park,” said John A. Kite, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have secured the primary anchors and will begin site work on the project in early 2013 with an estimated opening for Phase I in the Spring of 2014. The opportunistic buyout of our partner's interest has enabled us to increase our overall projected return and gain control of an exciting project in a high-growth area of North Carolina. The timing of construction of the Parkside development throughout 2013 and 2014 will enable us to maximize the use of our development platform on an outstanding project as a number of our current development projects reach substantial completion in 2013.”
About Kite Realty Group Trust
Kite Realty Group Trust is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, construction, redevelopment and development of neighborhood and community shopping centers in selected markets in the United States. At September 30, 2012, the Company owned interests in a portfolio of 60 operating and redevelopment properties totaling approximately 8.9 million square feet and an additional two properties currently under development totaling 0.6 million square feet.
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