Amstar and Renaissance Open Aura Shopping Center in Novosibirsk, Russia

By Amstar, PRNE
Sunday, April 24, 2011

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia, April 25, 2011 - Amstar and Renaissance Development celebrated the April 16 grand opening
of Aura Shopping Center, a 61,000-square-meter (657,000-square-foot) regional
mall located in Novosibirsk, Russia. The project offers a diverse mix of more
than 200 international and domestic retailers, a seven-screen cinema, a
bowling alley, 22 restaurants and cafes and 1,700 underground parking spaces.
The shopping center is on an infill site surrounded by high-end residential
neighborhoods and is a five-minute walk from Novosibirsk's central square. At
grand opening, the center was 99% leased.


"Aura's design, construction quality and tenant mix make it the highest
quality shopping center in Novosibirsk and one of the preeminent malls in
Russia. Tenant demand exceeded our high expectations, supporting Amstar's
investment strategy of developing institutional-quality real estate in
under-supplied markets," said Jason Lucas, president of Amstar Global

Amstar in partnership with Renaissance developed the project.
Construction began during 2008 and during 2009 the development team secured
one of the only construction loans for a Russian project originated during
the financial crisis, a euro 60 million facility arranged by the European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UniCredit.

Amstar and Renaissance formed a joint venture to develop projects
throughout Russia and Turkey. In addition to Aura, the partnership has
developed shopping centers in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey, and has a strong
pipeline of future projects.

About Amstar:

Established in 1987, Amstar is a real estate investment manager that
offers both commingled funds and tailored separate accounts to its
international and domestic clients. With more than $1.50 billion of assets
under management, Amstar's current portfolio consists primarily of retail,
office, hospitality and multifamily holdings within the major markets of the
United States
and select markets in Europe and Latin America. For more
information about Amstar visit the company's website at
or contact Amstar Executive Director Rob Toomey at +1-303-534-6322.

About Renaissance:

Renaissance is one of the leading general contractors and commercial real
estate development groups in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. During its 15 years
of operations, Renaissance has completed hundreds of turn-key projects and
now owns a real estate portfolio valued at over $2.0 billion. In 2010,
Renaissance became the second-largest contractor in Russia and Turkey and the
75th largest international contractor in the world according to ENR Magazine.
For more information about Renaissance visit the company's website at

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