TMG Partners and KKR acquire 1221 City Center in Downtown Oakland

TMG and KKR partner on second Oakland-based transaction in 2018

Photo courtesy of TMG Partners

TMG Partners, one of the Bay Area’s largest mixed-use property developers, and KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced today the purchase of 1221 City Center in Downtown Oakland, California. The purchase is the second transaction by TMG and KKR  in Oakland this year, following the purchase of 1330 Broadway in Oakland in July.

The project is a 24-story, 522,000-square-foot office building and is located at the intersection of Broadway and 12th Street. The building is one of three in the Bay Area that enjoys access to BART via a direct entrance to the 12th Street Station through the building lobby.

“We expect that the Oakland office market will continue its positive trajectory because of strong tenant demand and extremely limited supply,” said TMG’s Director of Development David Cropper. “We look forward to broadening our partnership with KKR in the future.”

“We are excited to partner with TMG for our second Oakland-based transaction this year, which will be KKR’s third investment in Oakland since 2017. We believe Oakland has attractive long-term secular growth trends driven by its accessibility to transit, a growing retail amenity base, and a meaningful amount of residential development,” said Justin Pattner, Head of Real Estate Equity in the Americas at KKR. “1221 City Center is an iconic property in the Oakland skyline, and we look forward to the next phase of its business plan.”

KKR is making the investment through its Real Estate Partners Americas II Fund.

1221 City Center is 99 percent leased. Existing tenants include Clorox, Union Bank, Stanford Health Care, Wells Fargo Bank and Parsons Brinkerhoff.

The building has previously achieved a LEED Platinum rating by the US Green Building Council and features panoramic Oakland skyline and Bay views, onsite retail amenities and ample parking, as well as bike lockers and showers.

TMG, which recently celebrated its 33 1/3 anniversary, has been increasingly active in the Oakland office market. The purchase of 1221 City Center represents TMG’s fourth transaction in Oakland. 1330 Broadway was TMG’s first Oakland redevelopment. Last year, the firm also acquired 2201 Broadway, an eight-story 198,000-square-foot office building in Uptown Oakland. Currently, the firm is also entitling an approximately 750,000-square-foot office and retail tower at  the intersection of Grand Avenue and Telegraph Avenue.