Wolf Point West Breaks Ground
New Development Along the Chicago River Will Create
Hundreds of Local Jobs
Chicago, IL - A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Wolf Point West, featuring more than one hundred and fifty workers and local labor leaders. Wolf Point West is a $160 million, 48 story multifamily project being built in Chicago. The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) indirectly provided a $34 million equity investment in the project, and the BIT's partners and a third-party lender provided the remaining funds for the development.
Wolf Point West will feature 509 luxury rental units, market leading amenities, over 400 feet of publicly accessible river walk, and extensive green space. Initial occupancy is expected in the fall of 2015. Wolf Point West is the first of three new buildings to be built on the Wolf Point site, which together are estimated to create more than 2,000 construction jobs.
“Wolf Point is a continuation of the BIT’s strategy to invest in the development of multifamily rental product, and we expect that the BIT will benefit from strong demographic trends and anticipated rental growth in Chicago,”* said Kevin McCarthy, President, PNC Realty Investors.
“We are very excited about Wolf Point—it is another example of union pension dollars being put to work and will result in the development of a new residential building along the river. The project will be another monument in Chicago, creating hundreds of jobs through investments of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust,”* said Tom Villanova, President, The Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council.
“We are very proud that union job creation is advanced by the collateral policies of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust. Development of Wolf Point West will create hundreds of new jobs in Chicago,”* said Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor.
In the Chicago area, over the life of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, the Fund has committed over $490 million for the development and acquisition of 18 projects, a total of more than 3,200 housing units and 2,200,000 square feet of commercial real estate. BIT development projects in the area total over $790 million in development costs and have created over 3900 union construction jobs.
“We are thrilled that the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is investing in yet another development project in Chicago. It shows the potential of union pension dollars, not only to generate competitive returns, but to create hundreds of local jobs,”* said Michael Carrigan, President, Illinois AFL-CIO.
The BIT and its joint venture partner recently completed a 45-story apartment tower located at 500 Lake Shore Drive (located one block from Chicago’s famed Navy Pier), representing a $157 million investment that created approximately 750 union construction jobs. It has 44 stories, 500 units, and 430 parking spaces.
“The BIT provides not only competitive, risk-adjusted returns for our investors, but also maintains one of the most comprehensive labor policies in the real estate industry,”* said Mike Stotz, President and Managing Director of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation.
"Hines, together with Wolf Point Owners, Magellan Development Group and all of our project partners, architects, consultants, and contractors, is proud to be breaking ground on this exciting new project," said Greg Van Schaack, Hines Senior Managing Director. "This ceremony is the culmination of several years of hard work by everyone involved and we are excited to see this new building rise on Chicago's riverfront."*
The BIT has nine projects currently in development across the country. Total development costs for these projects is approximately $1 billion, and they are expected to create some 5,000 union jobs throughout the course of construction.
Over the BIT’s 25-year history, the fund has invested more than $5.4 billion for the development and acquisition of more than 180 retail, office, multifamily, hotel, warehouse, and mixed-use properties across the country.
The event was attended by representatives from the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, PNC Realty Investors, Inc., Hines, Magellan Development Group, the Wolf Point owners, and the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation.
About the BIT:
The BIT is a bank collective trust for which PNC Bank is trustee. The BIT is comprised of qualified union pension and retirement plans. A mission of the BIT is to provide investors with competitive risk-adjusted returns through investments in institutional quality commercial real estate that seeks to generate competitive levels of income and long-term capital appreciation.
The BIT also provides collateral benefits such as union job creation and economic development by utilizing one of the most comprehensive union labor policies in the U.S. real estate industry.