American Realty Advisors Purchases 400,000-Square-Foot Retail Center Near Boston for $206 Million

Wegmans anchors the retail portion of University Station. Other tenants include Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls and PetSmart. (Photo courtesy of Gene St. Pierre) Wegmans anchors the retail portion of University Station. Other tenants include Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls and PetSmart. (Photo courtesy of Gene St. Pierre)

Westwood, Mass. — American Realty Advisors, an institutional real estate investment manager, has acquired the shops at University Station, a newly constructed, 400,000-square-foot retail asset in the Boston suburb of Westwood.

Located within a 130-acre mixed-use development, the purchase price was $206 million. Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain, anchors the retail portion of University Station. Other tenants include Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls and PetSmart.

“The average term of in-place leases for the property is approximately 15 years, while 95 percent of the asset’s total income is generated from its national tenant base,” says Shelley. “We believe these characteristics will provide stabilized, risk-adjusted returns for our investors over time.”

University Station services a 13-town area with 214,700 residents and an average annual household income in excess of $121,000. The property is situated 15 miles from downtown Boston near I-95 and Route 128, which draw 140,000 vehicles per day. It is located across the street from the area’s sole Amtrak/MBTA commuter rail station, which transports 1.3 million travelers annually.

New England Development will continue to serve as the management and leasing agent for the retail center. Robert Griffin Jr., who was with Cushman & Wakefield and is now with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, represented the seller, Westwood Marketplace Holdings LLC.

— Haisten Willis

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