Mack-Cali Acquires Controlling Interest in New Jersey Office Property

12/01/2004 Category: Acquisitions

Cranford, New Jersey-December 1, 2004-Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) today announced that it has acquired a 62.5% interest in One River Center, a three-building, class A office complex totaling approximately 460,000 square feet located in Middletown, New Jersey.

The interest was acquired by Mack-Cali through the exercise of its equity conversion option on its mezzanine loan provided on the property in 2003. The loan balance at the time of conversion was $13.0 million.

When the loan was provided in 2003, Mack-Cali was engaged by the owner to provide property management and leasing services for the complex, which was 52.2% leased at the time. The complex is now 84.5% leased.

Mitchell E. Hersh, president and chief executive officer of Mack-Cali, commented, "This transaction allowed us to participate in this property with minimal risk during its lease-up, and to convert our loan position into an equity interest in the property as it became more stabilized." Hersh added, "In addition, this transaction further enhances our already strong position in Monmouth County, one of the top sub-markets in the state."

One River Center consists of two four-story, 120,000 square-foot buildings and one three-story, 220,000 square-foot building. The property, situated on a 35.2-acre site, is located near exit 109 of the Garden State Parkway.

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is a fully-integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) providing management, leasing, development, construction and other tenant-related services for its class A real estate portfolio. Mack-Cali owns or has interests in 269 properties, primarily office and office/flex buildings located in the Northeast, totaling approximately 29.2 million square feet. The properties enable the Company to provide a full complement of real estate opportunities to its diverse base of approximately 2,100 tenants.

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