17.03.2015 – Der Finanzinvestor Blackstone hat den Willis Tower in Chicago für 1,3 Mrd. Dollar gekauft. Dies berichtet die US-Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg. Damit wäre dies der höchste Kaufpreis, der je für einen Wolkenkratzer in der US-Metropole bezahlt wurde. Der frühere Sears Tower erhielt 2009 seinen jetzigen Namen, nachdem der Londoner Versicherer Willis Group die Namensrechte an dem Hochhaus gekuft hatte.
“We are bullish on Chicago as companies expand within and move into the city and look for first-class office space,” Jacob Werner, a managing director in Blackstone’s real estate group, said in a statement Monday. “We see great potential in further improving both the building’s retail operations and the tourist experience for one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Chicago.”
The New York-based company plans to spend as much as $150 million to improve the tower’s retail portion and 103rd-floor observatory, which is one of Chicago’s top tourist attractions. The Skydeck attracts 1.6 million visitors per year, Blackstone said in its statement.
The sale underscores the demand for top-tier U.S. office buildings even as prices surge past prior highs. Blackstone typically buys assets it can improve by filling vacancies or renovating. Property owners are taking advantage of the jump in values to sell.” (vwh/td)