Echo Development JV Buys Boston-Area MOB

The partnership's first acquisition in the metro is a 55,000-square-foot building in Haverhill, Mass.

Merrimack Medical Center. Image courtesy of Echo Development Group Inc.

Echo Development Group Inc., in partnership with Thomas Park Investments, has acquired Merrimack Medical Center, a 55,000-square-foot, on-campus medical office building in Haverhill, Mass. The seller, Healthpeak Properties, had purchased the Class B asset in 2007, according to CommercialEdge information. Public records show the new owner financed the acquisition with a $5.1 million loan from Wintrust Bank, due to mature in 2024.

Completed in 2005, the five-story facility at 62 Brown St. is adjacent to the 122-bed Holy Family Hospital, part of the Steward Health Care system. The building was 70 percent leased at the time of sale, with the list of tenants including Steward Medical Group and Steward Holy Family Hospital, as well as Tallman Eye Associates, PhyNet Dermatology and Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Echo Development Principal Jon Boyajian said in a prepared statement that the company intends to improve the value-add asset by implementing cosmetic upgrades to the common areas.

The medical center is roughly 35 miles north of downtown Boston and 2 miles southeast of downtown Haverhill, just north of Riverside Park.

Medical office investments in Greater Boston

The Merrimack Medical Center buy is a premiere for both Echo Development and TPI, as the building is the partnership’s first medical office investment in Greater Boston. Furthermore, the purchase is part of TPI’s larger strategy to acquire similar assets in the Amtrak Acela Corridor, spanning from Richmond to Boston.

According to CommercialEdge information, Merrimack Medical Center is one of the five medical office properties larger than 25,000 square feet that have changed hands in the metro since the beginning of the year. The largest asset to trade in the first two quarters of 2021 was Andover Medical Center. Remedy Medical Properties paid $55.2 million for the 69,992-square-foot medical office building in the Boston suburb of Andover, Mass.

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