When it comes to using a standard 24mm spindle crankset on a BB30 or PressFit BB30 frame, you generally have two options: Step-down spacers inside the 30mm ID bearings in the frame, like with Wheels Manufacturing’s kit, or stepping the frame down to smaller bearings.For the latter, Parlee’s cups have been a great performer. Available for both BB30 and PFBB30 frames, they use a shapely alloy cup with Enduro bearings already installed. Simply press them into the frame and insert your Shimano crankset as usual. With Shimano moving to 11-speeds, more cyclists might be looking for ways to upgrade, and finding a good adapter is critical to quiet, smooth performance. Click through to see if these are right for you… The BB30 version (left image, on top) has a bit smaller diameter than the PFBB30 adapter.At 104g for the PFBB30 version, they’re a bit heavier than the 80g (claimed) for a standard Dura-Ace outboard bearing bottom bracket, but within spitting distance of average high end bottom brackets from FSA, Chris King and even Shimano’s Ultegra. For comparison, PFBB30 bottom brackets generally range from about 65g up to 150g, so whether you’re saving or gaining weight by using adapters largely depends on how much you would have otherwise spent on a PF/BB30 bottom bracket. Of course, BB30 cranksets tend to be a bit lighter than their 24mm spindle equivalent, so overall you’re probably looking at a slight weight penalty compared to a native PF/BB30 system.Depending on the frame material the alloy cups will be pressed into, Parlee (and any good shop) will recommend using the appropriate prep paste. We used a bit of Loctite ti frame prep in the Moots Psychlo-X RSL’s PFBB30 shell and it worked like a champ. During half a year of riding and cyclocross racing and training in all conditions, I never heard one creak, squeak or other scary noise. And, when it came time to remove them to put a different crankset on, they came out without drama. Perfect.Yes, I know there should be a frame plug at the wire port. It’s on it’s way. But, this also allowed more moisture and dust into the frame and I still had no creaks or noises…and this bike was on the back of a car rack traveling about 6,000 miles in lots of rain and mist for four weeks this summer, from Florida to Canada and back. Zero issues…which also speaks very highly for the rest of the parts on it and the Di2 group.As much fun as it is to tinker with my bike, there are some parts that I appreciate more when I can “set it and forget it.” This, fortunately, is one of those parts.They retail for $70 and are available direct from Parlee on their website.
Gavin Creel Star Files View Comments Gavin Creel Jay Armstrong Johnson Jay Armstrong Johnson’s annual show I Put a Spell on You, a spoof of and tribute to the movie Hocus Pocus, will get the virtual treatment as a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit on October 29 at 8PM ET. In addition to Johnson returning as Winifred Sanderson with Allison Robinson and Amanda Williams Ware as sisters Sarah and Mary, the evening will include appearances from stage faves like Robyn Hurder, Todrick Hall, J. Harrison Ghee, Eva Noblezada, Will Swenson and more. The trailer for the event—premiering exclusively on Broadway.com—includes Armstrong, Robinson and Ware as the Sanderson Sisters and an additional Halloween treat: Tony winner Gavin Creel crooning “Witchcraft” as the frontman of the Halloween night band from one of the film’s fan-favorite scenes. Enjoy the sneak peek below, and tune in to I Put a Spell on You here on October 29 at 8PM ET! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.
It’s hard to keep these lawyers grounded It’s hard to keep these lawyers grounded Associate EditorTry getting ahold of Jacksonville attorney Mary Burnett, and you might have a hard time finding her.Most weekday mornings, she’s reviewing cases at her solo practice, where she focuses on aviation law. On Mondays and Thursdays, she’s teaching that same subject to students at Jacksonville University.In the afternoons and evenings, Burnett stays busy as a wife to Lane Burnett, a fellow Florida Bar member and family law attorney, and as a mother to three teenage girls.On the weekends, she can be found flying to international getaways like Spain and Brazil.It’s all part of the life Burnett leads as a pilot for a major commercial airline, and despite the amount of time it takes to juggle the worlds of law and aviation, she isn’t alone.Down the road in Jacksonville, Randy Reep follows a similar schedule.A defense attorney and National Guard airman, Reep pilots international flights for Delta six to eight days out of the month — and that’s on top of the seven days a month he flies jet fighters with the National Guard. “Life as a professional airline pilot, particularly where I am in my airline career, can be time-consuming,” admitted Reep. “But you can do a lot of things to mitigate the demands of your time.”Both Reep and Burnett are self-described experts at time management, running their respective schedules with the utmost efficiency.“Everybody just kind of works with me. I have my schedule, and then I have everyone else work around me,” said Burnett, laughing. “We just make it work.”Burnett, who has been an American Airlines pilot for 28 years, travels nine or 10 nights out of the month, leaving plenty of time, she said, for the mediations and arbitrations she often performs as part of her aviation law practice.“I’m not in an office five days a week from 8 to 5,” she explained. “My husband does divorces and that type of stuff, and I’d get bored with that real easily, people fighting over pots and pans and who gets the dog.“I guess there’s just a lot of law out there that is just everyday, mundane stuff, and everything I do is interesting. It’s not boring.”Far from it. In 1997, Burnett found herself navigating blind in a thunderstorm above Buenos Aires, thanks to malfunctioning navigation controls. Burnett and her flight crew managed to handle the crisis, safely landing the plane and its 200-plus passengers. Through it all, Burnett stayed calm.“The airlines put you through all this psychological testing when they hire you — every pilot who works for a major airline — and you just have to be able to handle crises and not think about it,” said Burnett.“It’s definitely a type-A personality type of job, and you just react, use your best judgment, and do what you’ve got to do. That’s it. You have to do what you’ve got to; falling apart isn’t going to accomplish anything. ”Reep, who has had his own harrowing moments in the air, agreed.“There have been times when I have been frightened of something that occurred, but I don’t have time to be frightened right then. It’s compartmentalization,” explained Reep, and that skill, he said, has helped him in many legal cases, first as a prosecutor, and now as a defense attorney.“In the middle of a trial or a hearing or anything, something occurs that you have not expected that would otherwise leave you flat-footed. You don’t have time to deal with that; you have to press on and deal with the threat as you see it, whether it’s aviation or litigation.”Reep’s interest in aviation came at a young age. A member of a family passionate about flight, Reep admired fighter pilots. They were, in his eyes, “true American heroes.” He just didn’t think he would ever be one.“I didn’t ever think I’d be a part of that culture because I just didn’t think I was worthy,” said Reep. “I’ve been humbled that I’ve been included in a group of people that I think are truly the finest Americans there are. I enlisted because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the culture and help me pay for my undergraduate degree. And then I was basically mentored by the right people who said, ‘You need to develop this skill set: leadership, a good followership, integrity.’”Reep enlisted in the National Guard as a security policeman, and after earning his undergraduate degree and his MBA, the Guard sponsored Reep’s pilot training for the Florida Air National Guard. His entrance into the legal field was equally unconventional.“I had taken the LSAT right after 9/11 because the world of the airline industry looked like it might change significantly and for the worse,” said Reep. “So I took the LSAT as a defensive posture, thinking, ‘If I have to do something, I’d like to go to law school.’ But I didn’t lose my job.”Reep continued working as a pilot until 2005, when he met his now-wife, a Jacksonville doctor.“She’s well out of my league,” laughed Reep, “and to keep up with her, I thought I needed to say, ‘I’m going to law school.’”As a pilot, Reep commuted back and forth to Michigan, where his wife attended medical school, and he realized he was inspired. “Watching my wife engage in a professional endeavor like that motivated me to want to keep up with her. I went to law school as a hobby. I didn’t know I would fall into the practice of law like I did.” Seven years later, Reep is still happy with his decision.“The law gives me an internal pride of being able to individually feel like I’m making a substantial difference in somebody’s life, which is a powerful feeling.”Burnett’s experience with the law has been similar.“I like helping people; I don’t like seeing the people that hire me get taken advantage of by insurance companies and the Federal Aviation Administration. They’re just out there trying to do what’s right, and sometimes they mess up, or somebody else messes up.”One case, in particular, reminds Burnett why she does what she does for a living.A man took off one Christmas Sunday morning to fly down to Tampa, and an FAA air traffic controller put him on an approach into an airport that had been rendered out of service. The ground equipment was not working, Burnett said, and the man crashed, leaving behind a wife with special needs.Burnett, a board certified aviation attorney, took and settled the case, ensuring that the man’s wife was left with enough money to handle her care.As a criminal defense attorney, Reep doesn’t handle a lot of aviation cases. The distinction between his two careers, though, doesn’t bother him.“I get to do something that very few people get to do,” said Reep. “I get to have a very black-and-white world — I would consider aviation comparatively speaking, very black and white — and I do mostly criminal defense, which is a great deal of nuance and subtlety.”Reep recalled one case in which his client had been accused of child abuse.“I thoroughly believed in my client, and it was so meaningful to advocate for him because had it gone a different way, I think the family would have broken apart.”Instead, Reep was able to help the family resolve the allegation, and the family remained intact.“It was really meaningful to be a part of keeping that all together. It resolved fantastically, and the family is very strong as a result,” said Reep. “It was a really positive experience for me personally.”Despite their obvious passions both for the law and for aviation, Burnett and Reep agree that there’s one job that’s harder than all the rest: being a parent.“The hardest job is being a mother,” said Burnett. “It’s a constant emotional roller coaster, especially with daughters. It’s a test all the time.”And that calm personality that helps Burnett through high-profile legal cases and death-defying moments in the air? It’s nonexistent when she’s dealing with her children.“My kids would not tell you that I have a calm personality,” she said, laughing. “My husband wouldn’t either. They would disagree with that. I guess it’s my personality, but you know when you want everything just right and everything has to be in order and where it belongs? Kids don’t do that. They leave stuff around. My husband leaves shoes all over the place, and that kind of stuff really bothers me. The little stuff. The lack of order and discipline I guess is what drives me crazy.”But, Burnett said, it’s also what makes her a great pilot and a great attorney.“The aviation part of it is what I love,” said Burnett. “I got out of college and was selling real estate, but I started taking flying lessons, and I just got hooked on it. It’s just something that you get in your blood, and you can’t get out from under it. I guess it’s kind of like an addiction. It’s something that once you start it, you just can’t give it up.” June 1, 2012 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News
“Toughness is about doing the next best thing,” Pitino told the media. “We missed shots and it affected our energy, our toughness on the defensive side. You have to get over that. If you don’t get on the break it’s going to be really hard to score in this league. Lesson learned. We have to get better at that,”By halftime, the game was essentially decided. Minnesota showed a little life coming out of the locker room, cutting the lead to 17, but a 14-0 Illinois run left the Gophers lifeless for the final 13 minutes. Freshman Daniel Oturu led the Gophers in scoring with 17 points. The only other Minnesota scorer in double-digits was senior Jordan Murphy who scored 11, but brought down three rebounds. Junior Amir Coffey, who entered the game averaging 23.4 points per game in conference play, managed nine points on 2-13 shooting.“I have to do a better job of getting them ready to go,” Pitino told the media of his team. “It starts with me and then it trickles down to every player on the team.” Minnesota will have a chance to rebound against the only remaining team without a win in Big Ten play on Saturday when they host Penn State. After that, their schedule will get tougher with matchups looming against ranked opponents in No. 2 Michigan and No. 23 Iowa. Gophers upset by Illinois in ugly 95-68 lossMinnesota struggled in all facets of the game en route to the 27-point loss.Jasmin KempFreshman center Daniel Oturu eyes the basket during the game against Arkansas State on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Williams Area. Nick JungheimJanuary 17, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThroughout the course of a season, every team goes through up and downs. A little over halfway through its schedule, Minnesota has had plenty of highlights including freshman Gabe Kalscheur’s game-winning 3-pointer against Washington and the Gophers’ first win in Madison, Wisconsin since 2009. However, they’ve had their share of disappointing results as well, a category Wednesday night squarely fit into. The Gophers traveled to Champaign, Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini, a team that had yet to win a conference game. Minnesota (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten) learned quickly that records can be deceiving as Illinois (5-12, 1-5 Big Ten) asserted itself on both ends of the court, routing the Gophers 95-68.“We took a major step backwards today,” head coach Richard Pitino told the media. “We didn’t compete like a Big Ten team physically. If you want to win, regardless of where the game is you have to do that, and we did not do that, so credit to Illinois.”Early on, Illinois’ shooters were able to get clean looks and knock down six of their first eight 3-point attempts to build a 35-17 lead. Freshmen Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili powered Illinois with 15 and 14 points in first half respectively. “He’s really, really good in transition,” Pitino told the media about Dosunmu. “He was very efficient. When we let them go in transition like that in the first half it gave him great confidence.”It appeared Minnesota lost its bearings offensively, failing to reverse the ball and forcing up contested shots. The Gophers couldn’t chip away and trailed 51-28 at intermission.
City of ScottsdaleThe City of Scottsdale is preparing a zoning ordinance text amendment and has invited the community for review and comments. Amendments to the text are proposed to update definitions and regulatory language related to terms used to describe a responsible party such as property owner, applicant and other related terms. General cleanup revisions are also proposed to correct section references, eliminate duplication of requirements and improve the overall consistency of the ordinance. The ultimate objectives of this proposal are to add consistency, improve the usefulness of the ordinance and to provide clarity in the language of the ordinance. One meeting, with the public invited, has already occurred in January but others are to be scheduled.Town of Gilbert As demand for multi-family housing continues to increase within the Town of Gilbert, town leaders are proposing to tighten restrictions for developers that are considering building apartment complexes in commercially zoned areas. These new restrictions would add a number of conditions that a potential apartment developer would have to meet to get an apartment complex approved in regional commercial zoning. Those conditions would include a requirement to provide a mixture of land uses, such as office or retail commercial, on the proposed apartment parcel or on an adjacent parcel; a requirement that the project be compact or dense by sharing parking with adjacent development; a requirement for pedestrian-orientation or to have pedestrian accessibility, convenience and attractiveness; a requirement to address local transit system connections with facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobile drivers; and a requirement to incorporate attractive public spaces that might include public art and serve as public gathering places. The objective of these newly proposed regulations is to give the town council and the planning commission more flexibility in reviewing any proposed apartment complexes and allowing them the option of rejecting proposed plans if they don’t meet specific new requirements. The proposed new regulations went before the planning commission in January, and members were generally favorable to the new standards but suggested a need for some revisions. The commission will review the standards in a study session and eventually vote on a recommendation, after which the proposal will go to town council for approval or rejection.City of Maricopa Recently, the Maricopa City Council approved the annexation of approximately 850 acres of land owned by a partnership known as Anderson Russell LLC. The property is located south of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and straddles both sides of Anderson Road while extending southward to the Teel Road alignment. This annexation is significant in that it now allows the city the capability to expand to the south by annexation. City officials are already contemplating the annexation of additional properties adjacent to the Anderson Russell property. A general plan amendment has also been approved, changing the property to a master-planned community. Although a portion of the newly annexed property was within the City of Casa Grande’s planning area, an agreement exists between the two municipalities that allow that private landowners within unincorporated areas of the county to be able to choose which city they wish to be annexed regardless of which city’s planning area they are located in.City of PeoriaThe City of Peoria has recently announced the initiation of a self-certification pilot program. Qualified applicants to the program must be active Arizona licensed design professionals who have attended the self-certification training offered by the City of Phoenix (phoenix.gov/pdd/topics/scp.html), and have successfully obtained a Building Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Code Council. Through this program, eligible building permits can be issued in as little as three business days. This self-certification program allows qualified professionals to quickly bypass the plan review and examination process by self-certifying a projects compliance with building codes, standards and ordinances. However, the pilot program does not include zoning clearances, parking, signs, fire, environmental services, landscaping, grading, industrial/utilities, floodplain or other land development codes. The program was initiated this past January. To learn more of the program’s details, visit peoriaaz.gov/selfcert. City of Buckeye As reported in the September/October 2013 edition of AZRE, the “Town” of Buckeye is officially now the “City” of Buckeye. In January, the transition was celebrated by more than 200 citizens and city officials as the “CITY” portion of the new City Hall sign was unveiled in downtown Buckeye. The city’s Mayor Jackie Meck thanked the generations of the community, as well as previous town officials whose work would be continued by future city leaders. Meck stated that the city was no longer in the shadows and in fact was working to create shadows of its own. The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlci.com
One of the first condo projects slated to open in downtown Phoenix since the downturn is illustrative of a hot market on the horizon.en Hance Park Condominiums, near Portland and First Streets, is a 59,000-square-foot condominium project in downtown Phoenix, and has already sold 50 percent of its 49 units with four months left of construction.“An excellent location and value proposition has really built anticipation around en Hance Park,” said developer Alvaro Sande, CEO of Sencorp.The space combines efficiency, connectivity and character with units ranging in square footage from 490 to 1,720 square feet., and selling prices starting at $150,000. Located across from the expansive 32-acre historic Margaret T. Hance Park and adjacent to the nationally-renowned Roosevelt Row arts district, en Hance Park provides easy access to area amenities including dining, entertainment, museums, local venues, Valley Metro light rail and freeways.“This is the right design, quality and size for this market,” Sande said.The building will consist of 49 units, including flats and lofts, with various floor plans ranging from studio to three bedrooms. The units are designed with high ceilings, European-style cabinetry and quartz countertops. Other features include: walk-in closets, modern finishes, modern appliances, and unmatched views. The site will include outdoor community spaces, a pool and sun deck, outdoor seating, desert landscaping and covered parking.Project team members include Shepley Bulfinch, architect; DCK Worldwide, general contractor; Roberta Candaleria, real estate broker; formeTHIRD, project management; Headwerk, brand development.
Covid-19 in Rio Arriba County. Shown are the cumulative number of diagnoses by town. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
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The 19th-century building at 8 Belgrave Square is home to the Syrian Embassy (pictured above), closed since 2012 after the British government expelled all Syrian diplomats in protest at chemical weapon attacks on civilians during the country’s civil war.No one knows if the Syrians will be back, yet its owner, The Grosvenor Estate, cannot do anything with the building because embassies are considered sovereign soil even if the freeholds are not owned by the country residing there.As the US government shifts the embassy axis by moving out of Mayfair to Nine Elms, Property Week investigates who now owns all the diplomatic properties in the UK, using data from LandInsight. We also discover how landlords deal with problem tenants and ask if they are more trouble than they are worth.The list of embassy owners makes for interesting reading. As well as familiar names such as The Crown Estate, The Grosvenor Estate, The Howard de Walden Estate, the Candy brothers and Hong Kong billionaire Samuel Tak Lee, it includes the president of the United Arab Emirates, a Ukrainian oligarch, an Iraqi military contractor and a Saudi sheikh. One of the reasons diplomatic properties have attracted such a diverse pool of investors is that the majority are clustered in the most expensive area of the capital: the West End. Hundreds of diplomatic flags fly in Mayfair, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and St James’s.Belgrave Square and the area near Buckingham Palace has become a hub for embassies. The square sits within The Grosvenor Estate and takes its name from one of the many titles of the Duke of Westminster, Viscount Belgrave. To this day, the Duke’s estate is still the UK’s single largest landlord of diplomatic properties, owning the freehold of 33 addresses and with countries such as Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE as tenants.“Before the First World War, these properties were single-dwelling homes,” says Nigel Hughes, estate surveyor at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. “But after the war, it became difficult for those buildings to be used as houses, as the social climate changed. That’s when embassies became interested.”Embassy heartlandThe oldest diplomatic property in London is the embassy of Austria, which has been in Belgrave Square for more than 150 years. Most of the other embassies have sprung up since the Second World War. The US, for example, constructed its former embassy, on Grosvenor Square, in the 1950s.Embassies are also “a firm fixture” of The Howard de Walden Estate, says executive property director Simon Baynham. The estate’s tenants include the embassies of China and Poland.Hughes agrees that embassies are good tenants. “Generally speaking we find that embassies abide by the terms of their leases,” he says, pointing out that most are on ground rents. “They would have paid a premium at the time and then be on a peppercorn or very low rent basis.”The likes of Grosvenor and Howard de Walden prefer tenants that occupy buildings in their entirety because most of the properties are listed, making them very difficult to alter or to break up into flats. “The question is what can you do with these wonderful, beautiful large buildings? They have an element of impracticality about them,” says Baynham.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outBut while landlords may be fond of embassy occupiers, many agents think the negatives of dealing with foreign countries outweigh the positives. The main issue is diplomatic immunity. As one senior agent puts it: “The problem with embassies is that you have absolutely no control. What can you do if they don’t pay? Declare war?”There is always a risk that the occupier could “hide behind the Vienna Convention and not pay their rent”, concedes Baynham, citing the fact that the 1961 convention makes the premises of a diplomatic mission inviolable and states that it cannot be entered without permission. The host country is also barred from seizing the property.This, however, never happens, says Hughes. “The only case where they do claim diplomatic immunity is on insurance,” he says, explaining that most countries claim relief from a terrorism premium on their insurance because the British state, under the Vienna Convention, is bound to secure their premises. “If they don’t abide by the leases we have to go to the Foreign Office and ask them to intervene on our behalf,” Hughes adds. “But that’s very, very rare.”Hypothetical threatThe Howard de Walden Estate has had only one major dispute in the past 20 years, says Baynham, citing an instance when a lease came to an end. “The building was very dilapidated and we struggled to make a dilapidation claim,” he recalls. “In the end, we did get support from the Foreign Office and did reach a settlement. The Foreign Office will support landlords when embassies are deliberately flouting UK laws.”Even if the law allows them to, few landlords would mount a legal challenge, says Verity Bonney, a senior associate with the real estate dispute resolution group at law firm Ashurst. “A landlord would be reluctant to embark on litigation against a sovereign state,” she says. “You might win, but if you can’t take action or claim any damages, it will be a Pyrrhic victory.”In the Syrian embassy example, Grosvenor is unlikely to seek redress. “Unless a country would surrender their lease, we wouldn’t seek to forfeit. We would much rather resolve the problem than take it away from them,” says Hughes.Issues like the one with the Syrian Embassy are rare. However, embassies can often create a headache for their owners and neighbours. In 2014, British comedian Mark Thomas held a women’s Barbie car race outside the Saudi embassy to protest against the country’s former ban on women drivers; Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s six-year asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy has attracted activists and a large police presence nearby; and armed police stand guard outside embassies such as Turkey’s and Egypt’s that are potential terrorist targets.“Do you want to be next to a building with a policeman armed with a machine gun?” asks Baynham. “You’re unlikely to be burgled, but it’s not a welcoming feeling.”Security was one of the factors behind the US government’s decision to move its embassy from Grosvenor Square to Nine Elms. Another factor was space. Foreign countries have been shrinking or expanding their diplomatic force.Find out more – US Embassy relocation: was it a bad deal?Canada moved out of Mayfair and consolidated its property at Canada House in Trafalgar Square in early 2015. This May, China purchased the iconic 5.4-acre Royal Mint Court site near the Tower of London to build a new embassy and office complex on a site previously designated for a £750m, 600,000 sq ft office scheme.Three of the seven buildings China occupies are on The Howard de Walden Estate. While Baynham expects the country to “dispose of one or two buildings” in the future, he says that “it’s not on their agenda to sell those buildings” yet.Countries are moving and building their own premises because they want modern office space. “They can’t create the space that they really need and want [in a listed building],” says Baynham, adding that they are looking for large plots of land to establish their new digs and are no longer wedded to the West End. “People today are much more relaxed about where they locate. The embassies are no different.”In 2015, the Netherlands, based near Hyde Park, followed the US and acquired a plot of land in Nine Elms, creating a potential new diplomatic quarter there if others also relocate.There is another incentive to move: the leaseholds are worth a fortune. Countries in financial turmoil such as Venezuela, which owns four properties in central locations, could liquidate their assets for hundreds of millions.The US raised $1bn from the sale of its properties in Grosvenor Square, including its former embassy, which Qatari Diar is turning into a luxury hotel. Other former embassies, meanwhile, are being converted back to their original residential use by the likes of Russian steel oligarch Oleg Deripaska.Unfortunately, there are no such plans for the Syrian Embassy, which could stand empty until its lease expires in 2033. It is not the only embassy that has vacated the former embassy heartland. With the US Embassy now making Nine Elms its home and the global political climate more volatile than ever, the axis is only set to shift further.Who owns what… and where?To find out who owns the 303 diplomatic properties registered to 186 different countries in the UK, Property Week cross referenced data provided by LandInsight with records from the Land Registry, Companies House and overseas territories’ registrars, court documents, planning applications and public resources.Our research reveals that 40% of the freeholds are owned by the country that occupies them, nearly half are owned by someone else and 11% have no clear owner that could be identified.The Grosvenor Estate is the single biggest freeholder, with 33 embassies. Her Majesty the Queen is second, with 14 embassies, including those of Israel, Sudan and Russia, which are managed by The Crown Estate. Embassy of the United Arab Emirates at 1-2 Grosvenor Crescent LondonNine diplomatic properties are located in Marylebone’s Portland Place as part of The Howard de Walden Estate, while the 14-acre Langham estate in Fitzrovia boasts the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the National Tourism Office of Greece among its tenants. The estate, originally belonging to the Earl of Oxford, is owned through an offshore vehicle, Mount Eden Land, by Samuel Tak Lee, who bought it for £75m in 1994.A mile to the south, in St James’s, the diplomatic missions of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands at 6 Arlington Street are also owned by an offshore company. David Sullivan, the billionaire co-owner and chairman of West Ham United, bought the 18,000 sq ft office building, which is opposite The Ritz hotel, for £38m in an off-market deal in 2016.Meanwhile, Cadogan Estates owns four properties and The Portman Estate three. The other owners revealed by our research are lesser known in property circles — and more controversial. As is often the case with central London real estate, many buildings are owned by companies registered offshore.Not far from Portland Place, Winchester House, an office building on Old Marylebone Road, hosts the embassies of South Sudan and the Republic of Guinea, as well as the Cultural Attache of Oman. The block’s owner is Iraqi businessman Namir El Akabi, whose name appears in the Panama Papers. He bought it in 2006 for £32m.Also named in the Panama Papers is one of the richest men on the planet. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and Emir of Abu Dhabi, joined the list of embassy owners in February when he bought the freehold of 3 Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge, which houses the Embassies of Ecuador and Colombia, for £100,000.The vendor, an offshore company registered in the Netherlands Antilles, bought the freehold for £441,000 in 2009. The Sheikh already owned the leasehold of five flats within the red brick-building, for which he paid collectively £15m.The same building, which for the past six years has been the shelter of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, was also home to the Defence Office of Spain. In 2014, a company belonging to Christian Candy’s CPC Group bought the former mission, converted it into a luxury five-bedroom flat and sold it to a family of Saudi investors the following year.A fellow Saudi, Sheikh Fakieh, a 93-year old billionaire whose companies supply 40% of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s chicken products, is also an owner. In 2007, Fakieh bought the freehold of Cumberland House on Kensington High Street, home to the Trade Section of the Philippines.Last but not least is Ukrainian steel magnate and billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who owns the freehold to the Grand Buildings at 1-3 Strand. The former site of London’s Grand Hotel is now home to South Korea’s Cultural Centre.Interestingly, while many countries that have had a chequered diplomatic record own their properties, the Cultural Bureau of Saudi Arabia is owned by the London Diocesan Fund. Advertise and apply for jobs at PW4Jobs
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