Jones Lang LaSalle adds veteran team to brokerage group
Dallas — Jones Lang LaSalle announced it has added the veteran team of Robin Smith and Lance W. Taylor to its retail brokerage team, both as senior VPs and both charged with assisting the firm’s growing client base of both retailers and landlords throughout the Southwest.
The Smith-Taylor team brings with them a two million sq.-ft. portfolio of retail assets that they currently lease on behalf of multiple owners.
Geno Coradini leads Jones Lang LaSalle Retail for the Dallas/Southwest region.
Earlier this year, JLL Retail added Clay Smith and Mark Newman as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the retail services it offers in local markets across the country. Clay Smith is leading the Dallas/Southwest retail brokerage business for the firm.
Before joining JLL, Smith and Taylor founded Stream Realty Partners Dallas retail practice and prior to that both worked at The Archon Group, a Goldman Sachs company.
Howard Hughes Corp. taps RKF to lease South Street Seaport
New York — Following unanimous approval in March by the New York City Council for the redevelopment of Pier 17, The Howard Hughes Corp. said it has named RKF as the exclusive consultant and leasing agent for the South Street Seaport.
With over 365,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining and entertainment space located along the East River in Lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport is comprised of the historic Uplands and Pier 17, south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The redevelopment plan features the complete transformation of the Pier 17 building, including enhanced and increased open space on the pier and a new exterior façade.
"Our vision for a revitalized and reenergized Seaport will create an unrivaled New York experience that is compelling for the ever-growing population of residents, local workers and visitors," said David R. Weinreb, CEO, Howard Hughes Corp. "Working with RKF will ensure we bring best-in-class offerings, including acclaimed national and international retailers, local shops and destination restaurants."
Construction for the redevelopment is slated to begin this fall, and the project will be completed in 2015.
Forest City launches tool to shape Short Pump Town Center
Cleveland — Forest City Enterprises said that, as its Short Pump Town Center celebrates 10 years in the Richmond, Va., market, it has launched a “Drawing Board” on Popularise, an online crowdsourcing and community engagement tool that focuses on real estate development.
“With this new tool, we now have the opportunity to broaden the dialog [with Short Pump customers] as we continually look to the future,” said Jane Lisy, senior VP marketing, Forest City. “The input we receive will supplement our extensive market and demographic research and will be invaluable in shaping our decisions and those of our current and prospective tenants.”
Through Popularise, the center will solicit ideas and engage shoppers in discussion on questions such as:
• What types of retailers or restaurants would you like to see?
• What amenities would enhance your shopping experience?
• How can pedestrian access be improved?
• What types of events and activities would you like to attend?
• What else can we do to interact with the community?
“No idea is too big or too small,” said Stephanie Shriver-Engdahl, VP digital strategy. “Sometimes we’ll ask for specific input, but most of the time we want people’s creativity and input to lead the dialog – anything they would like to see in the center, from quick-fix solutions to long-term projects.”
To use Popularise, shoppers will log in with their Facebook or Twitter accounts or register independently at www.popularise.com. Once signed up, users can “follow” Short Pump Town Center, provide comments and ideas on the Drawing Board, connect with the management team and encourage others to show their support by submitting “likes.”
The 1.3 million-sq.-ft. Short Pump Town Center opened in 2003 and blends an open-air design with an enclosed retail component. Anchor tenants include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.