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  • The Firm
  • Team

INNOVATION: We focus on complex urban mixed use, green development, close to mass transit and located in the northeast corridor from Boston to NYC to Washington, DC. We think outside the box. Our strategy is to integrate the capital, design, construction, environment, marketing and public goals into a creative solution that enables us to achieve superior results.

INTEGRITY: Our People have diverse expertise. We bring an exceptional team of individuals together under one roof with extensive real estate expertise in the finance, development, design, marketing and construction fields.

DEPTH: Our Capital network is extensive. Our capital partners are highly selective about who they will entrust with their money. We focus on sophisticated investors from financial institutions, endowments, pension funds and high net worth individuals. We have relationships spanning over 20 years with JP Morgan, almost a decade with Morgan Stanley and five years with Principal Global Investors.

 

Our people provide the expertise to achieve superior real estate results.

We bring an exceptional team of people together under one roof with extensive real estate expertise in the finance, development, design, marketing and construction fields.


Alex Twining,
CEO


Neil Duncan,
CFO


Joe Bearak,
SVP Construction


Bob Flack,
SVP Development,
Boston



Aida Stoddard,
VP Development,
New York


Mark Barer,
SVP Development,
Boston


Theresa C. DiVita,
VP Finance

  • Live Work Play
  • Green Building
  • Transit-oriented Development
  • CityRetail

We create places for people to Live, Work and Play.

Green projects outperform conventional projects, while supporting healthy lifestyles and a greener planet.

We focus on transit-oriented locations in the path of growth.

[ t ] TwiningProperties strategy is to invest in locations that are close to mass transit along AMTRAK’s Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, DC. Transit oriented development increases complexity but adds long term value by enhancing accessibility and minimizing environmental impact. Over the last thirty years principals of [ t ] TwiningProperties have developed projects adjacent to transit and implemented new transit systems to enable high density development.

In 2008 [ t ] TwiningProperties assembled an in-house leasing team to lease its own retail space on the first two floors of the Watermark Residences in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. cityRetail is a new approach to leasing which recognizes that attracting high-quality, unique ground floor tenants adds value to the process of place-making. cityRetail takes advantage of an entreprenurial and multidimensional approach, assembling a team of seasoned practitioners in the areas of finance, architecture, law, LEED certification, real estate development, leasing and construction.

  • Our capital network
  • Principal
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Fundrise

Our capital network enables us to execute large complex urban real estate strategies.


DEPTH: Our network of capital partners has known and trusted us for many years. They invest along side us with the confidence that we will deliver superior results. We focus on sophisticated investors from financial institutions, endowments, pension funds and high net worth individuals. We have relationships spanning over 20 years with JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers, almost a decade with Morgan Stanley and five years with Principal Global Investors. Our investors keep coming back to do more business.


Our real estate investment capacity is expanded through equity joint ventures with institutional partners. We are currently working on over four million square feet of development projects valued at over $2 billion with our capital partners from Macfarlane, Morgan Stanley and Principal Global Investors.


We are working with Fundrise, a crowd-funding platform allowing individuals to invest in the future of their own communities. LEARN MORE by selecting the Fundrise page to the left.

Principal

In 2003 [ t ] TwiningProperties structured its first equity joint venture with Principal Global Investors to develop Watermark Kendall, a 321 unit apartment tower. Frank Orioli, Director of Acquisitions at Principal, had previously worked with Twining on the 1 million square foot One Lincoln Street office building when Orioli was at Ohio STERS and Twining was with Morgan Stanley.

Given the quality of the Watermark Kendell, the Principal Twining joint venture was able to recapture almost their entire investment prior to stabilization with a permanent loan with Metlife.

Based on this success, in 2013 Principal and Twining completed Watermark Kendall East, a 144 unit second phase.

Morgan Stanley

In the late 1990’s [ t ] TwiningProperties CEO Alex Twining oversaw the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund’s largest development projects in the US, including the 25,000 acre new town The Woodlands in Texas, the 1 million square foot One Lincoln Street office building in Boston and the 3 million square foot North Bridge development in Chicago which included four hotels.

In 2001 Morgan Stanley tapped Twining as CEO of MetroNexus to restructure its $300 million data center platform. To maximize value, Twining downsized the operating company and brought on a new CFO, Neil Duncan from JP Morgan in 2001 and head of development, Andrew Bank in 2003. Together they disposed of the 3 million square foot MetroNexus portfolio across the US and Canada by repositioning the assets for new uses through re-zoning and redevelopment. Since the founding of [ t ] TwiningProperties in 2003, Morgan Stanley has pursued real estate investments as one of Twining’s strategic capital partners.

Morgan Stanley brought on [ t ] TwiningProperties to direct the 2.5 million square foot residential component of Seaport Square and Gale International as master developer for the 6.5 million square foot urban missed use project overlooking the Boston Harbor.

ING Clarion

[ t ] TwiningProperties CEO Alex Twining worked with Ed Rotter, former Managing Director of ING Clarion, since 1978 when he founded Twining Associates to pursue residential loft conversions in SOHO, Tribeca, Union Square & Lower Manhattan and Class B office buildings along lower Park Avenue. Twining went on to form [ t ] TwiningProperties, and Rotter became one of the top producing acquisition officers in the country. In 2004, ING Clarion backed [ t ] TwiningProperties on the one million square foot Echo Bay Center project in New Rochelle, NY. Twining and Rotter continue to pursue development deals in the Boston and New York regions.

MacFarlane Partners/ CBDLLC

[ t ] TwiningProperties CEO Alex Twining and Chuck Berman, Vice Chairman of MacFarlane Partners and Principal of CBDLLC, have worked together for over 25 years. In the early 1980’s Berman pursued investments in Twining’s Manhattan loft conversions. In the mid 1990’s Berman as President of AvalonBay brought Twining on to expand the company’s portfolio from suburban garden apartments to urban high rise residences. During three years together, Twining built the AvalonBay urban development and construction team and secured a pipeline of over 3,000 units in metro NYC and Boston.

When Berman joined MacFarlane in early 2000, he brought [ t ] TwiningProperties on to advise on their first major NYC investment in the Time Warner Center. Berman also began pursuing investments in Twining Property developments. In 2004 Macfarlane with CalPERS became [ t ] TwiningProperties capital partner to buy a NYC block at 42nd and 10th Avenue for a 1 million square foot mixed use development. The asset was sold in 2007.

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  • Real Estate
  • Watermark Seaport
  • Watermark Kendall
  • Mass+Main
  • 440 W42nd Street
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Real Estate
Our long track record of exceptional real estate development enables us to deliver superior results over the future.

Watermark Seaport



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Mass+Main

Mass+Main is a three city block assemblage converging on the prime corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street in Central Square, Cambridge. In partnership with the city of Cambridge, [ t ] TwiningProperties is in the process of reconfiguring the zoning for this urban intersection to allow for redevelopment. Mass+Main will be between 300,000 – 700,000 square feet of mixed uses including residences, retail, hotel and office with excellent subway access on the MBTA Redline. Normandy Real Estate partners is the capital partner for Mass+Main. [ t ] TwiningProperties wants to make Mass+Main the best place to be in Central Square.

440 W42nd Street



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  • Latest News

New Rochelle chooses NYC developer for Echo Bay reboot
July 9, 2014 - Twining Properties will take another stab at the long-debated waterfront project

[ t ] TwiningProperties CEO: Why I’m bullish on Quincy Center
AUGUST 08, 2013 • BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

Last week’s departure of Related Beal as a partner in the $1.6 billion Quincy Center redevelopment created an opening for [ t ] TwiningProperties, the New York real estate company that recently opened its second luxury apartment building in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Read More →

144-apartment complex Watermark East opens in Kendall Square
JUNE 13, 2013 • WICKED LOCAL CAMBRIDGE

Although residents began moving in last month, phase 2 of Watermark Kendall – a 144-apartment complex – is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening at a private event June 26. Read More →

Seaport Square project taking shape
MAY 03, 2013 • BOSTON GLOBE

A deal is emerging to build one of the South Boston Waterfront’s largest developments: a pair of 22-story towers on Seaport Boulevard that would include up to 800 apartments and a 300,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex. Read More →

Central’s ‘primed for redevelopment’
JANUARY 05, 2013 • BOSTON HERALD

Cambridge’s Central Square is “primed” for fresh housing, shopping and dining options, after a pair of developers snapped up a portfolio of 15 properties, including several aging lab facilities that Quest Diagnostics will be departing. Read More →


Building boom in this N'hood
New York Times, 2013

"How MIT's Kendall Sq Attracted $2B"
Forbes, 2013

Kendall Square's Retail Emergence
Boston Globe, 2013

"Ten Projects That Will Change the Innovation Landscape in Boston and Cambridge"
Boston.com, 2012

"24 hours in Kendall Square"
Boston Globe, 2012

 

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[ t ] TwiningProperties has locations in Boston, New York and Connecticut and represent clients throughout the northeast corridor. Contact us to work with you on bringing meaningful spaces for living, retail or working to your city.

[ t ] TwiningProperties

New York City Headquarters:
Neil Duncan, CFO
neil.duncan@TwiningProperties.com
200 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10166
212.704.2035


Boston office:
Bob Flack, SVP Development
bob.flack@TwiningProperties.com
One Broadway, 14th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
617.340.2226