Yard sells for $126.68M

Yard, the darkly clad mixed-use tower completed earlier this year in Portland’s Central Eastside, has sold to a Thailand company for $126.68 million.
Approximately 50 percent of the building’s 284 residential units are occupied, according to the buyer, Land and Houses U.S.A. The company is a wholly owned American subsidiary of Land and Houses Public Company Limited of Bangkok, Thailand.
The sale equates to $446,056 per unit. The seller was Block 67, a limited liability company whose majority owner is Hood River-based Key Development, which developed the property. Marcus & Millichap’s Elizabeth Davis represented the seller.
“It’s a significant transaction for the Eastside,” she said.
The transaction occurred off-market.
“We are seeing that there’s an opportunity now for international and private capital to win some deals where before they were edged out by institutional buyers,” Davis said.
Skylab Architecture designed the 21-story building. Yard has drawn criticism for its dark appearance, which was changed after gaining approval from the Portland Design Commission.
Yard’s retail spaces were 64 percent leased at the time of sale. Tenants include Knot Springs, a social club and spa; and Tilt, a burger-centric restaurant and bar.
Key Development’s Jeff Pickhardt was not available for an interview, but in an email he stated that the project was leasing as expected – and even slightly ahead of schedule.
“We hadn’t planned to sell this soon after completion when we had started the project, but having received a compelling, unsolicited offer from Land and Houses, we reconsidered,” Pickhardt stated.
Yard, at 22 N.E. Second Ave., is part of a development renaissance at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. Other projects include Slate from Beam Development and Urban Development Partners, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell from Guerrilla Development and 5 MLK from Gerding Edlen.

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