Daily News for Commercial Real Estate & Business – January 15, 2010

Here are the news stories you might find interesting today regarding commercial real estate and business:

Healthcare Trust continues buying spree with $107M Sun City deal

Healthcare Trust of America, a real estate investment trust based in Scottsdale, continues its aggressive acquisition of medical properties with the recent purchase of a $107 million portfolio of 17 medical offices located in Sun City and Sun City West.

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Food Source International renews, expands Phoenix lease

Food Source International is expanding its presence in Tempe. The food distribution company renewed its 53,600-square-foot lease at Roosevelt Commons and added 20,200 square feet to the contract. The length and value of the lease were not disclosed.

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Arizona moves forward with building leasebacks

Arizona Department of Administration officials said Thursday they are moving forward with plans to sell buildings including the state Capitol and prisons to private landlords who would lease the space back.

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Social Security Administration to occupy Phoenix offices

The U.S. General Services Administration has leased 16,623 square feet of office space at 18444 N. 25th Ave. in Phoenix.

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$18 million science building opens at Chandler-Gilbert Community College

By the time classes begin Saturday, students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will hardly see the last-minute scramble to open its first major building in 11 years.

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Chicanos Por La Causa receives $137 Million to stabilize communities

Phoenix based Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. announced Thursday that it will distribute $137 million in federal funding to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods that have been negatively impacted by foreclosures.

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Amonix announces solar facility, 167 jobs for Arizona

Amonix Inc. has announced it will build two solar manufacturing plants, one in Arizona and one in Nevada.

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Bank of America’s Secret of Success: Real-Estate Banking

Bank of America Corp.’s shotgun marriage to Merrill Lynch & Co. has produced plenty of ill will, and big profits in real-estate investment banking.

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As Buildings Empty, Banks’ Credit Woes Pile Up

Commercial real-estate problems may be about to douse the recent rally enjoyed by regional banks.

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