Back Bay becomes home to John Hancock – 2.0.
The insurance company is returning its headquarters to Back Bay, where it already has a 1.2M SF campus and employs over 2,000. Its 465K SF Seaport headquarters at 601 Congress St. employs 1,100 people, all of whom will be transferred by the end of 2018 to two Back Bay buildings at 200 Berkeley St. and 197 Clarendon St., the Boston Business Journal reports.
[John Hancock CEO Marianne] Harrison sent a memo to Hancock employees Tuesday, saying the company had enough space in Back Bay, given the number of local employees and how many work remotely. Along with the weather beacon-capped 200 Berkeley and 197 Clarendon, Hancock has approval to build a third office tower in Back Bay. The 26-story, 388-foot tower at 380 Stuart St. could be developed for Hancock or another tenant.
Credit: Banker and Tradesman
Refinance is a hot topic for homeowners and office tower owners. Boston Properties is addressing all their debt that matures in the next two years.
Boston Properties has spent $667.4 million to retire the mortgage on 200 Clarendon in Boston, the 62-story Back Bay landmark previously known as the Hancock Tower…The loan had an outstanding principal balance of $640.5 million at a 5.68 percent fixed rate and was scheduled to mature in January 2017, according to a press release. Boston Properties paid $667.4 million to buy U.S. government securities that will generate cash flow to pay off the loan in October 2016, the company said. The mortgage and liens on the property have been extinguished, Boston Properties said…Boston Properties’ strategy is to pay off or refinance debt that matures in the next two years at above-market rates.
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