Mideast Development: Aecom Technology Corp., a provider of professional technical and management support services headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, has received a one-year design services contract worth $28.5 million for Zayed University's new campus in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The $700 million development will have 24 educational facilities for 6,000 students, faculty and staff.
Refurbished Retail: Star Apartment LP has bought a retail building for $5.9 million in downtown Los Angeles. The 22,000-square-foot building, at 240 E. Sixth St., will be developed into a mixed-use project. The seller was not identified
Building Trade: An industrial building in Central City has been traded by two private investment groups for $6.2 million. The 42,825-square-foot structure at 2315 S. Santa Fe Ave. was built in 1991.
Multifamily Pickup: Burbank Housing Corp. has acquired a Burbank multifamily property for $7.26 million from Century City-based Jamco Holdings Corp. The 34-unit complex, at 275 W. Verdugo Ave., is 29,455 square feet. Non-profit organization Burbank Housing plans to develop an affordable housing project at the site.
Complex Acquisition: Advanced Real Estate Services has bought the Courtyards apartment complex in Norwalk for $22.9 million from a subsidiary of Beverly Hills real estate and investment services firm Kennedy Wilson. The 153-unit property, at 12401 Studebaker Road, is 118,600 square feet.
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Office Space: Malcolm Abrams LLS has purchased a Calabasas office property for $3.9 million from Arden Realty Inc. The two-story, 18,371-square-foot building at 26135 Mureau Road is in the Calabasas Commerce Center.
By Design: Architect-designer Amit Apel has opened a studio in Woodland Hills to showcase his furniture creations, home designs and paintings. The studio, at 22104 Ventura Blvd., will be available for photo shoots and gallery hangings.
I Do: Beverly Hills-based online social site MySpace has teamed up with reality TV producer Endemol to create a reality Web series, "Get Married on MySpace." The show will pay for a selected couple to be married, while MySpace users will be available to vote on details of the wedding, including location, rings and the bride's dress.
Hair Raising: Maryland-based KPSS Inc. has opened Studio 1452 in Santa Monica. Studio 1452, at 1452 Second St., will feature a full-service hair salon, training academy, and will be the corporate headquarters for hair product companies Goldwell and KMS California.
Lip Lock: Bonne Bell Co., a Santa Monica cosmetics company and maker of Lip Smackers lip gloss, has partnered with design and marketing company Paul Frank Industries Inc. to create a limited-edition line of lip gloss. The collection, bearing images of Paul Frank's monkey character Julius, will be released later this year.
Double Serving: California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has added two Massachusetts outposts to its chain of restaurants. CPK has opened new restaurants in Wellesley and Natick.
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Spreading Out: Bergen Shippers, a warehousing services provider based in North Bergen, N.J., has signed a five-year lease at 43 cents per square foot with landlord Rreef for a larger space in Commerce. The company, which was in an adjacent 27,710-square-foot building for the last two years, will relocate to an 89,938-square-foot property at 6000 Rickenbacker Road.
Lauren Alicia Mendoza
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