NEWTON, MA-A wizened veteran of the suburban Boston office market is about to get a new lease on life thanks to its planned upgrade by a new ownership group. An affiliate of Intrum Corp. paid $5.6 million for 60 Wells Ave., a single-story, 32,000-sf building situated in the Wells Avenue Office Park.

According to Grubb & Ellis senior advisor and leasing broker R. Patrick Carey, Wells 60 Realty LLC aims to deliver a level of quality sufficient to make 60 Wells Ave. “the premier boutique office building in the park.” Doing so, he says, will enable the asset to compete with newer rivals such as 117 Kendrick St. and the nearby Normandy Real Estate Partners portfolio at 75-85 Wells Ave. Window lines will be improved, a new entrance is being created and common areas will be restored, explains Carey, part of an exclusive leasing team for 60 Wells Ave. that includes G&E EVP Jack Kerrigan Jr. and associate VP Dan Krysiak.

Silverman Realty Trust had owned 60 Wells Ave. since its construction in 1970, making the asset among the first in a submarket that has seen considerable space added since that venture. A corner location and proximity to Routes 9 and 128 are among the drawing cards, says Carey, who reports encouraging activity among prospective tenants. “Demand seems to be pretty good,” he says, adding he believes the buyers are employing a prudent strategy to meet the ardor for modern space. Class A inventories along Route 128 Central are well into the single digits on vacancy, even below the tight average for the submarket’s overall supply.

Prior to securing the leasing assignment, G&E assisted Silverman RT in marketing 60 Wells Ave. and in procuring the ultimate buyers. Carey joined Kerrigan and G&E VP of Investment Sales Anthony Biette as brokers in the sale. Danversbank provided a $6.8 million mortgage to finance the purchase and the capital improvements campaign.

An owner of substantial property in the surrounding area, Intrum Corp. is headquartered on Wells Ave. Principal Randy Goldberg was unavailable for comment on his group’s latest acquisition. After a 5,500-sf lease was recently struck, there is about 21,500 sf available. The landlord is willing to subdivide to 4,000 sf.

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