Canada Pension Buys Big Stake in San Francisco Office Tower

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is buying a major stake in a popular San Francisco office tower, the fund announced on Thursday.

The rest of the property is owned by Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

From Bloomberg:

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board agreed to pay about $219.2 million for part of a San Francisco office building where ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. and mobile-payment provider Square Inc. have their headquarters.

The pension fund plans to buy the 45 percent stake in 1455 Market St. from Hudson Pacific Properties Inc., the companies said today in a statement. Los Angeles-based Hudson Pacific has owned the 22-story tower since December 2010 and will continue to oversee management and leasing.

The purchase is the Canadian pension’s first direct investment in San Francisco, where office rents have soared 88 percent in almost five years, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (JLL) Demand for office space has been buoyed by annual job growth of 3.6 percent in the city, outpacing the U.S. by one percentage point, the brokerage said in a report this week.

San Francisco is “one of the best-performing U.S. office markets and a key strategic market for CPPIB in that country,” Peter Ballon, head of real estate investments in the Americas for the pension, said in today’s statement.

The 1.03 million-square-foot (95,300-square-meter) property, formerly a Bank of America Corp. data center, was built in 1976 and has ground-floor retail.

Read the press release here.

 

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