The New York office of Hines, the international real estate firm, and Welltower Inc. (NYSE:HCN), a leader in health care infrastructure, announced today that they have closed on the acquisition of a development site at 139 E. 56 th Street on the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and 56 th Street in midtown Manhattan. Existing commercial structures on the site will be demolished to make way for construction of a 15-story senior living community with retail at the base.

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With this development, Hines and Welltower aim to address the aging demographic with a new residential building for Manhattan's vastly underserved senior population in need of assisted living and memory care services. The new residence will offer the highest quality of care and the latest in health care innovation, while creating an environment focused on wellness and community. Design and development plans are currently underway and will be announced in greater detail at a later date.

"Hines is delighted to partner with Welltower in our first venture into the senior living sector. Welltower's proven track record and vision in health care infrastructure combined with our local development expertise will complement one another well," stated Hines Senior Managing Director Tommy Craig.

"Consistent with Welltower's focus on high-quality assets in major metropolitan markets, we expect this project will support a more connected model for health care delivery to seniors, especially those who face cognitive challenges, helping them live better as they age," said Mercedes Kerr, Senior Vice President, Business Development. "Welltower is known in the investment community for its unparalleled partnership network. We're very pleased to be partnering with global real estate leader Hines and believe it exemplifies that we are the partner of choice in health care real estate."

Stephen Meringoff and Dennis Riese, the owners of the two adjacent properties that comprise the site, joined together and engaged Eastern Consolidated to represent them in this sale. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 182 cities in 20 countries. Hines has $89.1 billion of assets under management, including $42.5 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $46.6 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 109 developments currently underway around the world, including several major projects in Manhattan. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,126 properties, totaling over 350 million square feet. The firm's current property and asset management portfolio includes 457 properties, representing over 193 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit www.hines.com for more information.

Welltower Inc. (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower™, a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), owns more than 1,400 properties in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at www.welltower.com.

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