Huntington Hotel Pasadena

Feasibility study for required capital improvements program related to the Huntington Hotel Pasadena (subsequently rebuilt as the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Pasadena, now The Langham). The hotel, owned by a major Japanese investment and development organization, was determined to require major life-safety (earthquake reinforcement) upgrades as well as wide-ranging improvement to guest areas including rooms and restaurants.

Work included a market study, financial projections, capital improvements budget review, and an investment performance evaluation to justify required capital items. The objective was to determine the overall feasibility of various disposition, reconstruction, or substantial renovation alternatives in connection with a pre-litigation evaluation of Owner’s options.

Landmark Office Complex

StoneCreek Partners was retained to evaluate a major $40 million capital improvements program that would reposition the retail podium for a landmark office building.

Scope of work included review of market support from nearby financial district employees and visitors, re-tenanting mix, guest circulation retrofits, and related subjects.

Plantation Fashion Mall Redevelopment

Redevelopment project ideation for mixed-use office, hotel, retail, and residential redevelopment project.    Consultation in connection with the prospective re-positioning and redevelopment of Plantation Fashion Mall, an obsolescent retail center along with associated mixed-use facilities, in Plantation, Florida, to 321 North – the renamed mixed-use facility that includes the current Plantation Fashion Mall, Sheraton Suites, office space, and new residential facilities, located in Plantation, Florida.

Work included evaluation of strategic alternatives for the facilities, redevelopment and renovation options, tenant and sales mix, and alternative leasing plans to support various lifestyle, entertainment, retail, and mixed-use revitalization options. Affiliate Adventure Studios Events was responsible for programming for a unique 3rd-Floor events center – explored and prepared for implementation during renovation.

La Costa Ranch Landholdings

For this prominent master-planned residential community, in North San Diego County, work was in support of company’s overall business planning effort. Client organization was interested in understanding the financial comparison of various build-out strategies, exiting either through bulk land sale, finished lot takedowns to end builders, or hold and develop through end homebuilding. Work included “finished lot vs. builder pad” take-down scenarios.

BCE Development had acquired this North San Diego County master-planned community with substantial remaining build-out inventory, as part of a portfolio acquisition of major land developments. A business plan with detailed market and financial analysis was prepared, for use by California senior management of this major Canadian company, in presenting to the Board of Directors various alternatives for disposition and/or development.   One key strategic marketing issue in the business planning effort, was the amount and type of senior housing (independent living, assisted living, skill nursing, etc.) to be included in the land use plan.

The La Costa Ranch property is part of he City of Carlsbad, a unique coastal community located about 35 miles north of the City of San Diego surrounded by mountains, lagoons and the Pacific Ocean. The City’s overall build-out population is about 135,000 residents based upon a total dwelling unit cap ratified by Carlsbad votes in the November 1986 election. While a smaller, coastal community, Carlsbad is the location of multimedia, biomedical, electronic, and light industrial businesses.

NIAC Acquisitions Program

StoneCreek Partners was retained by Nissho Iwai American Corp. (NIAC, now Sojitz) as owner’s representative for their North American acquisitions program. The retainer relationship included solicitation and screening of investment proposals, initial investment suitability and feasibility evaluations for NIAC, and in select instances, preliminary deal structuring and due diligence support for prospective acquisitions.

Two select examples of additional detailed due diligence support were Calhoun Beach Club and Condominiums situated along the shoreline of Lake Calhoun in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, Newport-Banning Ranch located in Newport Beach, California. Sojitz was formed in 2004 by the merger of NIAC and Nichimen Corporation.