MEMPHIS-Highwoods Properties Inc. has acquired Crescent Center, a 336,000-square-foot-class A office building located in the upscale Poplar Avenue corridor in Memphis. The Raleigh, NC-based REIT invested $52.6 million in the 24-year-old property.

To purchase the property, Highwoods assumed the debt, a CMBS loan from the former owner, an affiliate of Behringer Harvard.  “While the loan balance is higher than $40.3 million, the interest rate is below market and you have to mark the debt to market,” says Tabitha Zane, vice president, investor relations at Highwoods. “When you do that, the balance that goes on the books is $40.3 million,” she says. An additional $12.3 million covered a cash payment and improvements to the property. 

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