Thursday, January 29, 2015

GTJ Realty, LP purchases Connecticut Lottery Corporation headquarters

Rocky Hill, Conn. – January 29, 2015 – New Boston Fund, Inc., a private equity real estate investment, development and management firm, announced today that it has sold a 92,500-square-foot property at 777 Brook Street in Rocky Hill, Connecticut to GTJ Realty, LP.

“We’ve been very pleased with 777 Brook Street’s stability in this Hartford submarket and the long-term commitment of our tenant,” said Jon Gillman, Senior Vice President of Asset Management at New Boston Fund. “Given the appetite for quality commercial property in the current market, we concluded that it was the right time to sell.”

This acquisition was GTJ Realty’s first purchase of 2015. GTJ is a public non-traded real estate investment fund located in West Hempstead, New York.

Acquired by New Boston Fund in 2005, 777 Brook is a single-story flex building that has been redeveloped into the headquarters for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC). The building holds a distribution center, corporate offices, as well as a claims center for the public.

In order to accommodate CLC, the property underwent renovations valued at approximately $6.5 million. Renovations included improvements to the exterior, interior, and security features. About 50,000 square feet of space was added in order to build a public lobby and claims area, conference rooms, a central computer room, along with a skylight atrium courtyard. The parking lot was expanded, and structural upgrades were completed. To enhance security, automated barriers at employee entrances were installed, as well as separate entry points for employees and visitors.

777 Brook Street is located near Interstate 91 with easy access to Hartford to the north and New Haven to the south. There is also a 500-acre tree farm across the street undergoing re-zoning to become an Office Park District.

Scott Jamieson, Michael Smith, and Brandon Dickason of Avison Young represented New Boston, and William Bronson, John McCormick and Patrick Mulready of CBRE/NE’s represented the buyer in this transaction.

About New Boston Fund
New Boston is an independent, privately owned real estate investment manager and an industry leader in providing real estate investment, development and management services with a history of strong sponsorship and oversight of its investment funds. New Boston has developed or acquired commercial and residential properties with a cumulative market value of about $3.5 billion, including 23 million square feet of commercial real estate and 7,500 residential units. Our investment vehicles cater to institutional and high-net worth investors by offering value-add and urban real estate investment funds with a focus on diversification and capital preservation. The New Boston Fund: People, Values, Returns.


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