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Ram Expands Durham Footprint Through Acquisition and Development

December 3, 2015

Developer to transform 5 acres into 263-unit luxury apartment community

adjacent to Class A mixed-use building

Durham, N.C., December 3, 2015 – An affiliate of Ram Realty Services has acquired Pavilion East – a 97,000 square foot Class A mixed-use building – an adjacent 700 space parking structure, and 5 acres of adjoining land located at 2608 Erwin Road in Durham, NC. The mixed-use complex is adjacent to Duke University’s main campus and is walkable to a variety of medical and educational facilities, including the Durham VA Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center.

The property was acquired on behalf of one of Ram’s discretionary private equity funds, Ram Realty Partners III. The seller was the original development partnership led by Jim Anthony, the founder and owner of AACRE Properties, and current CEO and Principal for Colliers International Raleigh, which acted as agent for the Seller. The project was developed in phases beginning in 2004 and culminating in the 2008 completion of the Pavilion East component. Pavilion East is a four-story, Class A, mixed-use building comprising restaurants, retail, medical offices and 28 residential condominiums.  The acquisition did not include the residential condominiums.  The commercial component is 100% occupied with strong national and regional tenants including Duke University Health Systems, TGI Fridays, Chipotle, Smashburger, UPS Store and Another Broken Egg Cafe.

As part of the acquisition, Ram is planning to develop a new luxury rental apartment community that will be fully integrated into the existing mixed-use project.  The new project will include 263 luxury apartments in a unique three-building configuration, creating a variety of living environments at varied price levels.  The residences will be luxuriously appointed with open concept kitchens and wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, solid surface countertops, wood plank flooring, ample storage, and a full-size washer and dryer. Community amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center, co-work and creative meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology, two courtyards with cabanas, pool and sundeck areas, and an outdoor kitchen.

“With over 12,000 students and 36,000 employees at our doorstep, demand for high-quality rental housing remains strong,” said Jennifer Stull, Ram Managing Director of Asset Management. “Our planned improvements to the existing complex, coupled with the introduction of new and unique residential options, will further enhance the vibrant walkable lifestyle along the Erwin Road corridor.”

Pavilion East and the future apartment development are part of Ram Realty Partners III, a $150 million private equity fund that has enabled over $450 million of investments. The acquisition is Ram’s second in Durham, having purchased Durham Festival, a 134,000 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center, in 2009.  Ram has been an active investor and developer in the Triangle since 2001.  Most notably, Ram developed 140 West Franklin, a mixed-use project in downtown Chapel Hill.

“We continue to believe in the Triangle’s long-term growth prospects.  The region has one of the strongest and most diverse economies in the country.  The expansion of our investments in Durham reflects our confidence in the city’s future,” commented Ram CEO Casey Cummings. “It’s rare to secure a quality infill location with potential for further development in such a high-growth market.  We are particularly attracted by the influence that Duke University and the growing health and technology related fields have on the local economy.”

Cline Design is the architect for the residential development. Ram will break ground in the spring of 2016 and final delivery is planned for the summer of 2017.