Partial sale values Denver’s second-tallest tower at $560M

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The 53-story tower at 1801 California St. (BusinessDen file photo)

An affiliate of a union pension fund has acquired a majority stake in Denver’s second-tallest building in a deal that values the structure at $560 million.

Baltimore-based AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust paid $285.6 million on March 30 for a 51 percent interest in 1801 California St. in Denver, according to property records.

AFL-CIO is made up of 55 labor unions that represent 12.5 million people, according to its website. The purchase was made through PNC Realty Investors, which manages real estate investments for the organization’s pension fund.

According to the trust’s website, its holdings were worth $4.97 billion as of Dec. 31. An online portfolio does not list any other holdings in Colorado.

The seller was New York-based Brookfield Property Group, which continues to own the remaining 49 percent interest in 1801 California. Brookfield purchased the building in December 2011 for $215 million and spent millions on renovations.

Brookfield and PNC did not respond to a request for comment. CBRE’s Winn Richey team represented the seller.

The 54-story, 709-foot-tall office tower was completed in 1983. It was briefly the city’s tallest building, before being surpassed a year later by Republic Plaza, which beats it by 5 feet.

The building has 1.3 million square feet of office space and 23,400 square feet of retail space, according to Brookfield’s website. A $560 million valuation works out to about $426 per square foot. For comparison, the 30-story tower at 1660 Lincoln St. sold in March for about $237 per square foot.

1801 California is topped with signage for TransAmerica and Healthgrades. Other office tenants include technology companies SendGrid and Ibotta, law firm Fairfield and Woods P.C. and accounting firm BKD. Retail tenants include Ink Coffee and Guard & Grace steakhouse.

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