Ridge Capital Investors Acquires San Jose Office Building for $13.5 Million

3001 Orchard The Registry San Jose real estate

San Francisco, CA – April 16, 2013 – Ridge Capital Investors, LLC and Contrarian Capital Management, LLC have acquired 3001 Orchard Parkway, in San Jose, California for $13.5 million. The 97,840 square foot, multi-story property is centrally located within Silicon Valley’s Golden Triangle, just off North First Street, and has consistently served as a headquarters building since its original development.

The building, which was most recently occupied by Fairchild Semiconductor, is currently vacant and will undergo a transformative, multimillion dollar interior and exterior renovation over the next eight months. “Upon completion, 3001 Orchard Parkway will offer a very high quality working environment for a full-building tenant that is seeking a headquarters presence in one of Silicon Valley’s best locations,” said Trevor Wilson, managing director of Ridge Capital Investors. The planned renovations will augment the leasing flexibility of the property in an environment that favors buildings such as 3001 Orchard that can offer large contiguous blocks of high quality space.

The acquisition fits well within the venture’s strategy of investing in core locations with strong employment fundamentals. The Silicon Valley market ranks amongst the most desirable office and R&D locations in the country due to its diverse economy and healthy technology base. The Company plans to capitalize on these market trends via an attractive investment basis that will allow the building to be marketed at a highly competitive lease rate.

This is the fourth investment for Ridge Capital Investors in the last twelve months, and its second office investment within the North San Jose market. Over the next twelve months, the company plans to invest $50 million of equity in both multifamily and commercial properties in the Bay Area.

The seller, a venture between Lane Partners and JER, was represented by Andy Zighelboim at Colliers International. The buyers represented themselves.

Ridge Capital Investors, LLC, a real estate investment and operating firm located in San Francisco, CA, invests in commercial and multi-family properties throughout the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest.  Founded by Trevor Wilson and principals Brian Printz, Scott Kotarba and Thomas Daniel, the company focuses on opportunities where it can create significant value by capitalizing on the team’s collective experience from over $2 billion of real estate investment and development over the past 19 years.

Contrarian Capital Management, L.L.C, a distressed investing specialist, was established in 1995 by Jon Bauer, Janice Stanton and Gil Tenzer.  The firm manages approximately $3.1 billion in assets and employs 52 professionals across offices in Greenwich (CT), Paris, São Paulo, and Hong Kong. Distressed real estate investing has been a key focus for Contrarian since the inception of the firm. Gil Tenzer, who is one of the three Principals of Contrarian, is a 24 year real estate veteran and spearheads the efforts of the firm in the real estate sector. Utilizing proprietary sourcing capabilities and sometimes working with local operating partners, the team seeks opportunities in which commercial real estate and real estate debt can be purchased at a significant discount to intrinsic value.  Contrarian’s ability to underwrite, diligence and close transactions quickly, combined with a strong industry reputation for integrity, make the firm a preferred counterparty for sellers that need certainty of execution.

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