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Issue Date: 7/23/2014, Posted On: 7/21/2014


JLL Closes Sale of Suffolk University’s Fenton Building
BOSTON— JLL's Capital Markets experts announced that the firm has closed on the sale of The Fenton Building, a six-story academic building on Beacon Hill in Boston on behalf of Suffolk University. 32 Derne Street LLC purchased the six-story building at 32 Derne Street directly behind the State House for $15 million.

JLL Managing Directors Frank Petz and Jessica Hughes, Senior Vice Presidents Travis D'Amato and Michael Coyne, Vice President Robert Borden led the JLL Investment Sales team on the transaction, along with and Associate Brendan Shields.

"This offering gave investors the rare opportunity to purchase a quality asset in one of Boston's most sought after neighborhoods," said Petz. "Investors responded enthusiastically to the building's potential for redevelopment, expansive floor plates, unusual height for its surroundings, superb window line, and views over Beacon Hill to the Back Bay and Charles River. The one-of-a-kind asset has tremendous long-term upside."

"The sale of the Fenton Building, along with the completion of Suffolk's new academic building at 20 Somerset Street next year, will allow the University to reshape its campus," said Gordon King, Suffolk University's senior director of Facilities Planning and Management. "JLL effectively managed the sale process for us and succeeded in a relatively quick closing and obtaining the highest possible value for the University."

Prominently located at the corner of Hancock Street and Derne Street, the 47,480-square-foot Fenton Building was constructed in 1830. It is currently used by Suffolk University as classrooms and administrative offices. The University will relocate the uses into other parts of the campus, then into the new 20 Somerset building when it delivers in the fall of 2015.

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