Columbia Pacific Acquires 939 Ellis in San Francisco’s Van Ness Corridor

Seattle, WA (May 15, 2014) – Columbia Pacific Advisors, a Seattle-based alternative investment firm, acquired 939 Ellis Street, an office building that has approximately 116,000 total square feet. The property is located in downtown San Francisco’s notable Van Ness Corridor, an area that has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Columbia Pacific Advisors purchased the building from Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”). BAAQMD will remain in the building as a tenant through 2015.

Columbia Pacific Advisors engaged San Francisco-based Long Market Property Partners (“LMPP”) to assist with the investment and leasing oversight. Located in one of San Francisco’s most recognized thoroughfares, the property is situated among high-rise residential complexes, medical and government buildings, cultural centers, and hotels as well as some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

“We are excited about our purchase of 939 Ellis St. at a compelling basis in a neighborhood that continues to evolve and thrive as a true mixed use district,” said Todd Seneker, Managing Director of Columbia Pacific Advisors. “This investment offers multiple market opportunities that we will evaluate, ranging from a strong office renovation opportunity to a change of use to senior housing, a segment that is underserved in downtown San Francisco.”

This deal marks Columbia Pacific Advisors’ second investment in the San Francisco market over the last year. The firm purchased 995 Market St. in a joint venture with LMPP in April of 2013.

Columbia Pacific Advisors was represented in this transaction by Jeff Moeller, Peter Conte, and Zac Monsees of Cassidy Turley, and the team will be engaged to lease the property. BAAQMD was represented in this transaction by Tom Christian and Ric Russell of Cassidy Turley.

About Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC.
Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC is a SEC registered investment advisor that manages assets of over $850 million in a variety of alternative investment strategies. The firm has deep experience in real estate, public and private equity, distressed debt and special situation lending. Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

About Long Market Property Partners
Long Market Property Partners is a privately held real estate company that takes a deeply hands-on approach to owning and operating real estate. Long Market seeks investments that leverage the firm’s experience in leasing, property management, capital improvements and tenant relationships to mitigate risk and deliver superior returns to investors. The principals of Long Market have a track record acquiring and repositioning assets across multiple west coast markets and bring a thoughtful blend of both institutional and entrepreneurial strategies to each investment. (

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