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12 Feb 2013, Atlanta, United States
Atlanta's tallest building, Bank of America Plaza, stands half-empty, having lost more than 2,000 workers in recent years. The building was America's tallest foreclosed building last year, and is still seen by many as the symbol of the South's economic troubles, the Covington News reports. Read more.
31 Jan 2013, New York City, United States
The complexities of New York's underutilized policy for merging and selling air rights of landmark buildings to new developments are analyzed in a new feature from the Real Deal. Developers often avoid the expensive process, defeating the purpose of the regulations, the article reports. Read more.
30 Jan 2013, Birmingham, United Kingdom
An English charity for the homeless has purchased the tower which reportedly inspired one of J. R. R. Tolkien's towers in Lord of the Rings. The charity bought the dilapidated seven story, seven room Perrott's Folly Tower for one pound. Read more.
29 Jan 2013, London, United Kingdom
Developer Qatari Diar has decided to suspend work on its proposed Chelsea Barracks luxury apartment complex, citing concerns about the British economy. Although the company has completed the planning approval process for the project, they are unwilling to move forward at this point. Read more.
24 Jan 2013, Bogota, Colombia
The Prodigy Network, the New York-based real estate marketing company which crowdfunded the Colombian skyscraper BD Bacatá, is expanding its efforts to solicit thousands of small investors to buy slices of an American skyscraper in exchange for a share of rents, Bloomberg reports. Read more.
22 Jan 2013, New York City, United States
New York's post-modernist Sony Tower, formerly owned by AT&T, has been sold to Joseph Chetrit, a real estate developer who plans to convert the building into a luxury hotel and residential tower. The Chetrit Group signed a $1.1 billion contract to purchase the 37-story Philip Johnson-designed tower on January 18. Read more.
18 Jan 2013, Osaka, Japan
A Hong Kong-based investment firm has purchased Rinku Gate, the second-tallest building in Japan. A subsidiary of SiS International Holdings Limited purchased the 256-meter, 56-story project in Osaka for an undisclosed price. Read more.
15 Jan 2013, Los Angeles, United States
The historic 13-story Commercial Exchange Building in Los Angeles has been put on the market after standing empty for at least 20 years. The 109-year-old building is listed for $13.9 million and sellers expect to arrange a deal by next month, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more.
08 Jan 2013, Detroit, United States
Investment firm Rock Ventures is in the process of buying a 25-story office building in downtown Detroit, the Detroit News reports. If the deal goes through, it will be the 16th property in Detroit purchased by the firm since January, 2011. Read more.
17 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom
The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm Amlin has agreed to rent 110,000 square feet (33,500 square meters) of office space in the building, also known as the Cheesegrater. Read more.
05 Dec 2012, Belfast, United Kingdom
The 85-meter (279-foot) Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s tallest building, has been taken over by administrators. The administrators were appointed after the building's controlling companies applied for insolvency. Read more.
05 Dec 2012, Detroit, United States
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures have purchased Detroit's One Woodward Avenue office tower. The building is the tenth downtown Detroit property acquired by Mr. Gilbert since January 2011, according to local media. Read more.
29 Nov 2012, Chicago, United States
The penthouse of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed 880 North Lake Shore Drive has sold after two years on the market. The 3,400-square-foot (316-square-meter) apartment, originally listed for $2 million in 2010, sold for $1.7 million. Read more.
27 Nov 2012, Seattle, United States
MetLife Real Estate Investments and Clarion Partners jointly bought the 55-story 1201 Third Avenue office tower in Seattle's CBD. Public records list the price as $548.8 million, which is about $492 per square foot. Read more.
16 Nov 2012, New York City, United States
As land in cities becomes scarcer and more valuable, designers and developers are continually pushing for more slender floor plates in tall buildings. Building tall and slender is generally more expensive, but the price tags on luxury apartments make the projects very profitable, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.
13 Nov 2012, New York City, United States
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian fabrication company have settled the lawsuit over the structure that will be placed at the top of the One World Trade Center. ADF Steel Corporation withheld the structure while demanding about $6 million in payments for another project. Read more.
13 Nov 2012, Oakland, United States
Developer Seth Hamalian is planning a 28-story residential tower for Oakland’s Uptown area, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The tower is intended for the site of an un-realized 2008 design by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, San Diego, United States
San Diego-based investment firm Cruzan Monroe, in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc., has purchased DiamondView Tower in downtown San Diego for $121 million. The sale of the 15-story building is one of the year’s largest commercial property transactions, according to a statement from brokerage firm CBRE. Read more.
08 Nov 2012, London, United Kingdom
London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land Securities, is now 23 percent leased, according to the London Evening Standard. Read more.
26 Oct 2012, Gold Coast, Australia
The Soul Tower on the Gold Coast of Australia has been placed into receivership. Pricewaterhouse Coopers were appointed on Thursday as the receivers and managers of the AU$850 million tower at the command of Soul's financiers, NAB, ING and Morgan Stanley. Read more.
25 Oct 2012, New York City, United States
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is designing the tower at Hudson Yards which will house leather-goods brand Coach, Inc. The tower has been on the drawing table for a year and is intended to create an urban campus for the brand. Read more.
17 Oct 2012, Melbourne, Australia
The Singapore-based developers of the proposed Tower Melbourne have raised concerns after they started selling apartment units, even though they have not yet obtained final building approval from the government. Tower Melbourne is a 220-meter tall tower destined for Melbourne's fast growing CBD.Read more.
11 Oct 2012, New York City, United States
Interested parties in New York with enough money, powers of persuasion and impressive social connections have been enjoying rides to the top of under-construction, high profile projects like One57 or One World Trade Center.Read more.
09 Oct 2012, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week announced it had signed a deal for the enabling works for Kingdom, the one-kilometer-tall tower planned for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Read more.
09 Oct 2012, New York City, United States
Sales of trophy office towers are increasing across the U.S. as landlords seek higher returns in second-tier cities, Bloomberg reports. Properties in many U.S. cities are benefiting from “robust” demand which helps to fuel deals on the towers. Read more.
04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States
GroupM, an advertising and media company, is reportedly in preliminary negotiations with developer Silverstein to become anchor tenant of Three World Trade Center. The potential lease could re-start construction on the 1,240-foot (378-meter) tower designed by the Pritzker-winning architect Richard Rodgers. Read more.