Williams RE announces international ventures.The 37,000-acre Marne-la-Vailee area of France, a new urban center located 15 miles east of Paris, will be marketed by the international division of Williams Real Estate.
Williams International Property Advisors (WIPA WIPA Workforce Investment Partnership Act of 1998
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WIPA also announced the formation of an alliance with a Mexican real estate advisory firm to assist American companies that want to establish-offices there.
According to Stuart Eisenkraft, director of WIPA, Marne-la-Valle, conceived in 1970 and now considered the western hub of commercial development in Europe, has 300,000 square feet of built space available for lease or purchase and 15,000 hectares of vacant land available for sale.
Eisenkraft said they will focus their marketing efforts on major U.S. companies particularly those that deal in consumer goods consumer goods
Any tangible commodity purchased by households to satisfy their wants and needs. Consumer goods may be durable or nondurable. Durable goods (e.g., autos, furniture, and appliances) have a significant life span, often defined as three years or more, and and those that will provide infrastructure service to Europe's unified economic community (EC). Developers of speculative office space, he said, are not on the hit list.
"They would really only consider it with an anchor tenant," he said.
Corporations that have already set up shop there include: Honda, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Kodak-Pathe, Bristol-Meyers, and Nestle. The Marne-la-Valle includes EuroDisneyland at its eastern-most section.
The area, Eisenkraft said, already has its infrastructure and transportation in place. It is accessible, he said, from all major auto routes and by the RER RER Regione Emilia-Romagna
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According to Eisenkraft, housing, shopping and infrastructure at Marnela-Valle were all built simultaneously.
"The French are actually much more sophisticated than we are in urban planning," he said.
Eisenkraft said they will be duplicating the full range of real estate advisory services they offer in the United States.
In Mexico, WIPA has formed a joint venture with Corporation Mexicana de Inmuebles (CMI (Computer-Managed Instruction) Using computers to organize and manage an instructional program for students. It helps create test materials, tracks the results and monitors student progress. ), a major real estate advisory firm. With the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), accord establishing a free-trade zone in North America; it was signed in 1992 by Canada, Mexico, and the United States and took effect on Jan. 1, 1994. , it is anticipated that the needs of U.S. companies in Mexico will increase rapidly.
The new venture, Eisenkraft said, will benefit from the guidance of Williams broker Leon Manoff, who was born and raised in Mexico City and has 16 years New York brokerage experience.
The French and Mexican ventures will use the International Commercial Realty Services (ICRS ICRS International Celestial Reference System
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ICRS Instituts Canadiens de Recherche en Santé ), an alliance of real estate firms in 24 U.S. cities that completed deals last year worth $2.5 billion in aggregate transaction value. Williams is one of the founding members of ICRS.