Big Deal! Durham Mixed-Use Community Sells for $187M

Federal Capital Partners and Bell Partners sold West Village, an expansive mix of 609 apartments and commercial space in Durham, to The Connor Group for $187 million.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Durham, N.C.—In a $187 million deal, a joint venture between Maryland-based Federal Capital Partners and Greensboro-based Bell Partners sold the West Village mixed-use community in downtown Durham.

West Village in Durham

West Village in Durham, N.C.

An affiliate of Ohio-based The Connor Group acquired the development, which consists of 609 apartments, including 453 urban lofts in the historic tobacco warehouse buildings and 156 new luxury apartments and 104,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space.

Federal Capital acquired the first phase of West Village in 2011, expanded its investment in 2012 by purchasing the majority interest in the project’s second phase, and completed the development of the new, luxury apartments in 2014.

The initial West Village development team was made up of a partnership led by former Duke University basketball stars Christian Laettner and Brian Davis and Tom Niemann, a Duke business school graduate.

“We compliment our venture partners, Bell Partners, for their exceptional work leasing and managing this one-of-a-kind community as well as Tri Properties for their work making the commercial space such a success. Our business plan was executed extremely well, and we are proud to see West Village finally completed and contributing fully to Durham’s vibrant downtown,” Bryan Kane, FCP vice president, said in prepared remarks.

West Village Mixed-Use Community in Durham

West Village Mixed-Use Community in Durham, N.C.

Located along W. Main and Morgan streets, the community underwent several improvements along the years. The renovation work included new branding, signage and improved access to the courtyards and amenity areas, Wi-Fi hotspots, outdoor grilling kitchens and game rooms. The fitness center was expanded and relocated and now features state-of-the-art equipment, yoga room and a juice bar. West Village residents also have access to a Zipcars® program that complements the walkable nature of the community and the commercial spaces have been repositioned and leased.

Federal Capital managing partner Alex Marshall told the Triangle Business Journal that the community’s commercial component, which is currently 100 percent occupied, is valued at approximately $25 million.

Meanwhile, the apartments, which hover between 93 percent and 96 percent leased year-round, can be valued at about $266,000 per unit, ranking West Village among the most valuable apartment communities in the Triangle.

Malcolm McComb and Phil Brosseau of CBRE and Rick Shinberg and Jeff Coles at First Capital Realty arranged the transaction on behalf of Federal Capital.

Federal Capital has been one of the most active investors in the Triangle area, with over $1 billion in investments and deal value over the past four years. The company’s recent property deals include the January purchase of the Venable Center office complex in downtown Durham for $18 million and the sale of its ownership stake in the Allister at North Hills apartment community in midtown Raleigh for $93.5 million.

Images courtesy of Federal Capital Partners

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