Bisnow Exclusive: Venture One’s Massive Buy

April 08, 2013

Chicago-based Venture One Real Estate has acquired one of its largest buildings in a JV: a 644k SF industrial property on 35 acres in Romeoville, principal Matt Goode exclusively tells Bisnow.

DSC01279In impressive product placement, Matt points to the company’s new property at 1300 Naperville Dr on a Sharp TV—Sharp is the seller. Built in 1979 (expanded in 1993) for Lowrey Organ Co, the property is a functional, well-located asset in the I-55 corridor that can be repositioned in the market at a discount, Matt says. The I-55 corridor has becomeland-constrained for the first time, and absorption of existing product will lead to rent growth, he tells us. Acquiring the asset in a six-month sale-leaseback with Sharp, Venture One will redesign the facility to accommodate one to four tenants between 100k SF and 644k SF.

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 7.37.37 PMAfter Dr. Seuss characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 graduated from the UChicago Booth School of Business, they became Tenant 1 and Tenant 2. Venture One’s JV partner, DRA Advisors, is an investment adviser with $10.5B in assets under management; it works with local operators.



Here’s what attracted Matt to the property (besides profound curiosity about where LCD displays are repaired):

  • It can power a small city (15k amps at 480V)
  • Elusive industrial air-conditioning in 387k SF
  • A manufacturer/hoarder’s delight (up to 224 trailer parking spaces and up to 102 loading docks)

The building also offers 25k to 100k SF of high-quality office and 15k SF of furnished and wired call center space. The sale was brokered by Cushman & Wakefield’s Jason West, Sean Henrick, JamesCarpenter, and Michael Tenteris; Jason and Sean will continue as leasing brokers.

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 7.42.59 PMThe team bringing Venture One’s newest asset into the modern era: Ware Malcomb for architectural services,Jacob & Hefner Associates for civil engineering, and ARCO/Murray as GC. While Sharp winds down at the facility, Matt is excited for golf season to start and is patiently waiting for his 17-month-old to be big enough to go to Disney World. He also thinks the White Sox are extremely undervalued.

Venture One Real Estate, LLC is a Chicago-based national commercial real estate company that acquires, develops, leases, and manages industrial and office properties on its own behalf and on behalf of investment partners. Venture One also provides real estate advisory services to buyers and sellers of investment properties and portfolios on a national basis.