Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Houghton Mifflin Completes $25.8 Million Sale Leaseback of Chicago Area Warehouse

Cityfeet / GlobeSt.com - October 25, 2007

Inland Real Estate Exchange Corp., based in Oak Brook, has acquired a distribution center at 1900 S. Batavia Ave. The sales price was $25.8 million. The 513,512-sf building was acquired from Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Co. in a sale-leaseback.

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc. negotiated the sale on behalf of Inland Real Estate Exchange Corp., both of which are affiliates of Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. Inc. Houghton Mifflin was represented in the transaction by Cushman & Wakefield. The cap rate was nearly 7.8%.

The textbook and educational publisher has signed a 12-year lease for the building, which was constructed in the late 1970s with a series of additions in the 1980s and a small addition in the 1990s. The lease rate is $3.90 per sf, net, with escalations each year, says Joe Cosenza, vice chairman of the Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. Houghton Mifflin only has two distribution centers, with the other being in Indiana. The Indiana facility distributes college textbooks while the Geneva facility distributes textbooks for students in elementary and secondary schools, which is the more profitable of the two areas of the company, Cosenza says. Sphere: Related Content

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