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Local investors Michael Jenkins and Darryl Horowitz plan to purchase this three-story downtown office building originally owned by HDJ Design Group.
A downtown Vancouver office building formerly owned by HDJ Design Group is being sold for $3.6 million to local investors, about eight months after it was taken into foreclosure.
Real estate broker and developer Michael Jenkins will purchase the site with Darryl Horowitz of National Investment Finance in Vancouver. It will become headquarters for Jenkins' two Vancouver-based companies, Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins Associates and MAJ Development Corp.
The HDJ Design Group had spent $4.1 million to expand and upgrade the building in 2007, just before the nation and Clark County slipped into the worst economic recession since the 1930s.
"The building just got too expensive for them," Jenkins said. HDJ Design Group will continue to occupy 5,000 square feet of space as office tenants in the upscale structure on the corner of West 15th and Columbia streets.
West Coast Bank foreclosed on the property in December. But Jenkins foresees profitability in his reduced-price purchase of the site, which could soon begin to appreciate in value. "And there are tax advantages when you own your own building," he said.
Jenkins expects to move into the building in mid October, bringing four employees of MAJ Development Corp., which three years ago landed a lucrative contract as the West Coast's preferred developer for Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.
Jenkins' company has so far developed more than 50 convenience stores, some with attached retail projects, for 7-Eleven. The projects include several stores in Clark County, where the chain continues to seek new market share.
Jenkins also will move 20 employees of Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins Associates from leased downtown space into about 8,000 square feet in the building he is buying. Jenkins recently became the sole owner of the commercial real estate company, buying out longtime coprincipal Bob Bernhardt, who remains a broker in the firm.
Horowitz' National Investment Finance will take up about 5,000 square feet of office space in the building and Compound Photonics will continue to lease space at the site.
Full Article @ The Columbian: http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/aug/20/downtown-building-vancouver-foreclosure-coldwell/