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Kyle Clark

San Diego Investor Sells Asset in Salt Lake City 

The property located at 477 North 300 West in Salt Lake City UT, and which currently operates as a Dollar Tree, was sold to the regional franchisee of Ace Hardware. The buyer will occupy the property following the expiration of the current lease with Dollar Tree.

Kyle Clark represented the seller and San Diego-based investor previously and was the original broker to assist the Fischbeck Family trust in acquiring the property a few years ago in a 1031-exchange transaction. The interest to sell first sparked early this year when the single-tenant Dollar Tree, passed on their renewal option and asked for a rent reduction in order to remain on the lease. Kyle advised his client to do some preliminary listing work to see how the market would respond to the property; it is during this process multiple inquiries and qualified prospects had surfaced. One of the prospects that Kyle connected with was the regional franchisee for Ace Hardware, the offer was submitted quickly and Kyle represented both the buyer and seller. The property sold for almost double the price initially paid only a few years prior. 

This sale was able to allow the client to parlay the gain into a newly built Dollar General in Arkansas where they are able to increase investment cash-flow while retaining enough gain to roll over into personal properties.

To learn more about this transaction or to inquire about brokerage representation, please contact Senior Director Kyle Clark at kclark@intesectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

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Kyle Clark

Freestanding Dairy Queen in Spring Texas is acquired with 19 years remaining on a 20 year, absolute NNN lease.

Intersection Senior Director, Kyle Clark represented the buyer in the sale of the freestanding drive-through Dairy Queen for $3,100,000. The 3,098 square-foot property is situated in a regional trade area, which has undergone a new wave of retail growth. Approximately 400,000 SF of retail has been added to the surrounding area within the last five years.

The design is the latest Dairy Queen prototype, with a larger format, reflecting the refined direction that the corporation has adopted following Warren Buffett’s acquisition of the brand. This location is currently outperforming the sales of other Dairy Queens in the Greater Houston area and is continually meeting and surpassing profit margins even throughout the COVID-19 indoor restaurant closures.

Mr. Clark was approached by the buyer’s family attorney to locate a suitable property to complete the buyer’s 1031-exchange, following the sale of their multi-family apartment project. The buyer’s goal was to shelter their substantial gain while relieving them of the daily property management tasks associated with a substantial apartment complex. Kyle was hyperfocused to find a property that would be truly passive and self-sufficient in ownership responsibilities that will also provide a reliable stream of income to sustain them for the remainder of their lifetimes. Eventually, the property will pass to the next generation of kin established through their family trust. Although the buyers are San Diego residents, the focus was on properties outside California to maximize the return with lower Cap-Rates. Following this sale, a second NNN property has been identified which will also be purchased by year-end to complete the exchange requirement.

For more information on this deal or if you’d like to discuss Intersection representation further, please reach out to Senior Director Kyle Clark at 619.997.9537 or kclark@intersectioncre.com

Autumn Valencia is the Marketing Coordinator at Intersection, providing strategic marketing expertise to support business objectives across company divisions. For general and marketing inquiries, please contact Autumn at avalencia@intersectioncre.com 

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Kyle Clark

Addressing Common Misconceptions on San Diego Ballot Measure E

Next month, San Diego voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on Measure E which, if approved, will eliminate the 30-foot height limit in the Midway Planning Area surrounding the Sports Arena. Over the past couple of months, we’ve heard loads of discussion about this measure and what effect it will have on our community. Aside from the traditional media sources, local internet discussion boards like NextDoor are alive with commentary and like most propositions, the information being shared ranges from “Interesting” to “You’ve Got to be Kidding?”. As a local specific to the measure’s zipcode, and commercial real estate agent with over 20 years of experience, I want to neutrally shed light on the common misconceptions surrounding measure-E and hopefully offer insight in contrast to local fearmongering

Misconception-This measure will expose all of our coastal areas to unlimited building heights, which will result in a landscape similar to Waikiki Beach offering no views available more than a block inland from the shore.

Fact- “This measure pertains Only to the zoned area within the Midway Community Planning District. It will not have any effect on the regulations affecting other properties in the Peninsula, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach or Bay Heights neighborhoods. The current 30 ft. limits will continue to apply in all these other areas”

Misconception-If this measure passes, developers will have no limit to how much they can build.

Fact- “While the 30-foot height limit will be removed, any new development will still need to obtain approval from the Midway Planning Group and the City of San Diego. The City Zoning ordinance incorporates a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) factor, which limits how much density can be placed on a particular property. If you want to build to a 200 foot height, the FAR will prohibit that. For instance, if the FAR is 3.0 and the land parcel is 10,000 square feet, the developer cannot legally build more than 30,000 square feet on the parcel (3.0 x 10,000 ft.). This FAR is the true limiting factor to how much can be constructed on a site, not the building height”

Given the over-cautious and FAR constraints, the developer cannot build any more on the land regardless of the height restriction. The key difference is the mass of what would be constructed. With a three-story limit, the builder would build three stories at 10,000 feet per floor, effectively covering 100% of the land parcel. If the height limit were removed, the builder could build a six-story structure that covered 50% of the land area. This would be preferable since we now have 5,000 feet of open, landscaped space.

The City has already designated Brookfield as the preferred developer for the Sports Arena site. We can assume that they will continue with their efforts to eventually redevelop this massive site. Surely, this will spur additional redevelopment on other properties in the area. So, what are the options? What would you like to see in our community in 10 years, with the assumption that any developer will see to maximize the utility of their land given the development constraints and regulations in-place?

The mantra we keep hearing over and over is our desire for open space and walkable communities with plenty of public-access to the various amenities. With the 30 ft. limitation in-place, the chances of this are slim since the builder will need to maximize the footprint while complying with the FAR regulations. Imagine a 30-foot wall of uninterrupted structures all along Sports Arena Blvd, with an intermittent break where the side streets intersect. You will not be able to see the new sports arena because of the wall’s obstruction. In contrast, imagine a series of taller structures offering the same square footage of space yet with greenbelts and walking/biking paths in between offering view corridors throughout.

The passage of measure-E, will not open the floodgates and allow the developer to construct any more building area than they can under the current in-place regulations for permitted floor area. What it will do is allow for the development of taller buildings, which will then allow for the open space and amenities we all desire.

The pressure to come together for measure-E is heavy as this decision will have a multi-generational impact on Midway and the sports arena area.

If you have any interest in learning more about local market updates reach out to Kyle Clark at kclark@intersectioncre.com

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Kyle Clark

Some refer it to the Midway District. Others say Sports Arena. Regardless of the name, this area is set for a transformation unlike any other submarket of San Diego County.

The district has developed over the past few decades as a hodgepodge of older industrial warehouses, strip malls, small office buildings, big box retailers, independent and chain restaurants, multi-family housing, strip clubs and adult bookstores. There is something for just about everyone here yet not a lot of character and it’s not a place for families to hang out after dark. The major draw is our aging Sports Arena, yet except for hitting the Red Lobster or Chili’s before a show, you are best to go straight home afterwards. With the newly approved Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan, the current redevelopment of the former post office and the proposed redevelopment of the SPAWAR facility, there is tremendous potential for this somewhat blighted submarket to blossom over the next 10-15 years.  Let’s look at each of these three components.

Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan. Last September, the City Council unanimously approved this document, which looks to upgrade the area of approximately 800 acres between the San Diego River, I-5, Liberty Station and the Airport.  The plan aims to increase housing capacity in the area from 5,040 to at least 11,585 units, and plans include a multi-use path from Mission Bay to San Diego Bay, 30 acres of new parks and improvements to the area surrounding the Sports Arena.

Infrastructure improvements associated with this plan include new streets bisecting the Sports Arena site linking Kurtz Street to Sports Arena Blvd. and Midway Dr. plus millions of dollars dedicated to traffic improvements at 20 intersections and 17 road segments.  Linear parks with walkways and bike paths are envisioned adjacent to Pacific Highway and Sports Arena Blvd. stretching from the MCRD/Airport to the San Diego River.

The goal is that with the investments in the plan by the City, private development will follow to provide upgraded retail, office and multi-family residential over the coming years. One key component of this new investment will be the eventual redevelopment of the existing Sports Arena into a mixed-use residential, commercial and entertainment-oriented community village.

Details of the plan can be found at https://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/profiles/midwaypacifichwy/plan

This is not the first time ambitious ideas have been floated by City officials for this area.  When Byron Wear was councilman for District 2, he was proposing an improvement vision that encouraged more circulation and a link from San Diego Bay to Mission Bay by way of a canal for small boats.   Things take time and he termed out of office. His replacement, Michael Zucchet scrapped those ideas to develop his own plan.  His term was cut short and nothing has transpired since then…. until this newly-adopted plan.

One thing the City HAS done is to keep all leases on the Sports Arena site and other City-owned properties that surround the arena either on a very short-term or month-to-month or, if longer, inserting clauses to terminate for redevelopment. This will ensure that when something does materialize, the City can deliver the real estate. This tactic does have a downside, as without longer lease terms, owners and businesses are reluctant to invest in the properties.   We have seen this with the deterioration and subsequent demolition of the Black Angus restaurant and the languishing strip retail center behind it, the closure of Pier 1 and the continued use of the property next to Pier 1 as a Salvation Army thrift shop.

This will take a lot of effort from the City Council to see it through and Lord knows how much time this will take.   Past efforts have been less than productive, however there does seem to be some momentum with the newly adopted plan and hopefully the citizens won’t stand for letting the City’s properties languish further than they already have. I am optimistic that something will eventually occur here, and we will see some major improvements in the next 10 years.

The Post. Hammer Development is proceeding with their redevelopment of the former post office on Midway Dr. Current plans for this state-of-the-art campus consist of 230,000 square feet of office and restaurant space within the existing 2-story building, featuring a sky-atrium in the center of the structure.

Unlike the City’s plans above, this project is set to get underway very soon. Construction is set to begin this summer with completion expected in late 2020.  No tenant has been signed yet.

More information on The Post can be found at http://www.postcoastal.com/

SPAWAR. Last September, the US Navy hosted an informational meeting regarding their desire to solicit proposals for the redevelopment of the existing SPAWAR facilities between I-5 and Midway Drive. This site consists of approximately 70.5 acres.  The Navy’s desire is to enter an agreement with a developer to either incorporate the SPAWAR facilities into a new, more efficient development or trade the land for another acceptable site and facility for SPAWAR in a different location.  Due to the relative lack of available land in the Navy’s target areas, my expectation is that any new development will incorporate a more efficient SPAWAR facility in a portion of a new, multi-use development of the land.

A shining example of this approach is the Pacific Gateway project currently under construction Downtown by Doug Manchester and Perry Dealy.  At Pacific Gateway, the developers swapped the land for a new 17-Story, 372,000 square foot office building to house the Navy’s 7th Fleet headquarters.   In addition to that structure, the 12-acre site will be improved with just over 2.5 million square feet of hotel, office and retail space.  This is a win-win-win for the navy, the developers and the community as this development will replace a blighted waterfront landscape and transform our skyline south of Broadway.

Since the SPAWAR land is federally-owned, there may be no restrictions as to the zoning or height of the proposed buildings, so really, the sky’s the limit on what can be constructed.

One additional component to this proposed development is the City’s vision for a Grand Central Station within the project to link the Midway/Sports Arena area with train, trolley, and bus access to the Airport and all other areas of San Diego.

The due date for proposals has yet to be set. Currently, the Navy is soliciting questions from interested parties and posting their responses at https://www.neco.navy.mil/upload/N62473/N6247318RP2110001NBPL_OTC_RFI_QA_20182112_FBO_NECO.pdf

Lawsuits and delays pushed back the Pacific Gateway ten years before they could break ground on construction. I would expect that the SPAWAR project will take at least that long, given the various agencies involved plus the sheer scope of the project. Add a few years to choose a development partner, design the proposed project and then add another couple of years for construction and this is a project that is 15+ years away. Hopefully by then, the City will have the Sports Arena sorted out, the Post will have been operating for over a decade and other infill development between all three components will have occurred. Come 2035, The Midway District (or whatever it is called then) could be a new, thriving attraction within the San Diego market as opposed to what we see there today.

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