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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
August 3, 2017
URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES
URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES LP
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Maryland (Urban Edge Properties)
 
001-36523 (Urban Edge Properties)

 
47-6311266
Delaware (Urban Edge Properties LP)
 
333-212951-01 (Urban Edge Properties LP)

 
36-4791544
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
 
 
 
 
 
 
888 Seventh Avenue
 
 
New York, NY 10019
 
 
(Address of Principal Executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number including area code: (212) 956-2556
 
Former name or former address, if changed since last report: N/A

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instructions A.2.):
o  
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
 
o  
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
 
o  
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
 
o  
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o






Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities
 
At the closing of the offering described in Item 8.01 below, Urban Edge Properties LP (the “Operating Partnership”) will issue 6,250,000 common partnership units (the “Units”) to Urban Edge Properties (the “Company”) in exchange for the net proceeds received by the Company from such offering pursuant to the limited partnership agreement of the Operating Partnership. The Units will be issued for cash in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
 
The information set forth in Item 8.01 below is incorporated into this Item 3.02 by reference.

Item 8.01 Other Events

On August 3, 2017, the Company entered into a Common Share Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) dated August 3, 2017, with Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc. acting for and on behalf of those funds and accounts for which it serves as investment manager (the “Purchaser”), pursuant to which the Company will issue and sell to the Purchaser 6,250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a purchase price of $24.80 per share (the “Shares”). The offering of the Shares will be made under the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-212951) (the “Registration Statement”), including a related prospectus dated August 5, 2016, as supplemented by a prospectus supplement dated August 3, 2017, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5) under the Securities Act. The Shares will be delivered against payment of the purchase price on or about August 9, 2017.
The above summary of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 1.1 and incorporated by reference herein. A copy of the opinion of Venable LLP, Maryland counsel to the Company, relating to the legality of the issuance and sale of the Shares is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 5.1.

This Current Report on Form 8-K is being filed for the purpose of filing Exhibit 1.1, Exhibit 5.1 and Exhibit 23.1 as exhibits to the Registration Statement and such exhibits are hereby incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits:
Exhibit 
Number
 
Description
 
 
 
1.1
 
Common Share Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 3, 2017, by and between Urban Edge Properties and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc., acting for and on behalf of those funds and accounts for which it serves as investment manager.
 
 
 
5.1
 
Opinion of Venable LLP as to validity of the shares.
 
 
 
23.1
 
Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
 
 
 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 
 
URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES
 
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: August 4, 2017
By:
/s/ Mark Langer
 
 
Mark Langer, Chief Financial Officer
 
 
URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES LP
 
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
By:
Urban Edge Properties, General Partner
 
 
 
Date: August 4, 2017

By:
/s/ Mark Langer
 
 
Mark Langer, Chief Financial Officer






INDEX TO EXHIBITS

Exhibit 
Number
 
Description
 
 
 
1.1
 
Common Share Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 3, 2017, by and between Urban Edge Properties and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc., acting for and on behalf of those funds and accounts for which it serves as investment manager.
 
 
 
5.1
 
Opinion of Venable LLP as to validity of the shares.
 
 
 
23.1
 
Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
 
 
 




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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EXHIBIT 1.1)

Exhibit


EXHIBIT 1.1

URBAN EDGE PROPERTIES
COMMON SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT

This Common Share Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into as of August 3, 2017, by and between Urban Edge Properties, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc., a New York corporation for and on behalf of those funds and accounts for which it serves as investment manager (the “Purchaser”).
R E C I T A L S
WHEREAS, the Company desires to issue and sell, and Purchaser desires to purchase and acquire, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, common shares of beneficial interest in the Company, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Shares”), as provided in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and the mutual promises hereinafter set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1.
Agreement to Sell and Purchase; Offering.

(a)Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Company hereby agrees to issue and sell to the Purchaser and the Purchaser agrees to purchase from the Company 6,250,000 Common Shares (the “Shares”). The per share purchase price payable by the Purchaser for the Shares shall be $24.80 (the “Price Per Share”). The aggregate purchase price for the Shares (the “Purchase Price”) shall equal the number of shares to be purchased and sold hereunder multiplied by the Price Per Share.

(b)The offering and sale of the Shares (the “Offering”) is being made pursuant to (i) an effective Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-212951), as such Registration Statement may be amended and supplemented from time to time (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), including the prospectus contained therein dated August 5, 2016 (the “Base Prospectus”); (ii) if applicable, certain “free writing prospectuses” (as that term is defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) that have been or will be filed, if required, with the Commission and delivered to the Purchaser on or before the date hereof, containing certain supplemental information regarding the terms of the Offering and the Company; and (iii) a Prospectus Supplement (the “Prospectus Supplement” and together with the Base Prospectus, the “Prospectus”) containing certain supplemental information regarding the Shares and the terms of the Offering that was delivered to the Purchaser and will be filed with the Commission. The Prospectus, together with the documents incorporated by reference therein, are collectively referred to herein as the “Disclosure Package.

2.  Closing, Delivery and Payment. The completion of the purchase and sale of the Shares shall take place at the offices of the Company or by mail or email facilities at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on August 9, 2017 (the “Closing”) or such other place or means as the Company and the Purchaser may agree. At the Closing, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Company or its agent shall issue to the Purchaser the Shares, registered in the Purchaser’s or its designee’s name, upon the payment of the Purchase Price with respect to such shares in immediately available funds by wire transfer to an account designated by the Company to the Purchaser. The Shares shall be issued in book-entry form which, regardless of form, will be transferred to the agreed upon broker and will be settled through a central clearing system, and the Company and/or its transfer agent shall provide the Purchaser with customary evidence of the issuance of the Shares.
3.  Representations and Warranties of the Company.
The Company hereby represents and warrants to the Purchaser as of the date hereof as follows:
3.1  Organization, Good Standing and Qualification. The Company is a real estate investment trust duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Maryland. The Company has full power and authority to own and operate its properties and assets, and to carry on its business as presently conducted. The Company is duly qualified, is authorized to do business and is in good standing as a foreign entity in all jurisdictions in which the nature of its activities and of its properties (both owned and leased) makes such qualification necessary, except for those jurisdictions, in the aggregate, in which

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failure to do so would not have a material adverse effect on the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole.
3.2  Authorization; Binding Obligations. All corporate action on the part of the Company, its officers, directors and shareholders necessary for the authorization, execution and delivery of this Agreement for the sale and issuance of the Shares pursuant hereto has been taken or will be taken prior to the Closing. This Agreement, when executed and delivered, will be a valid and binding obligation of the Company enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, and other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject further to general principles of equity. At the time of the Closing, the sale of the Shares will not be subject to any preemptive rights or rights of first refusal that have not been properly waived or complied with. When issued in compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, and will be free of any liens, claims, encumbrances or other restrictions other than restrictions on transfer under this Agreement, the Company’s Declaration of Trust, as amended to date, and under state and/or federal securities laws as set forth herein or as otherwise required by such laws at the time a transfer is proposed or any liens, claims, encumbrances or other restrictions entered into by the Purchaser.
3.3  Compliance With Other Instruments. The execution, delivery and performance of and compliance with this Agreement and the issuance and sale of the Shares pursuant hereto will not (i) materially conflict with, or result in a material breach or violation of, or constitute a material default under, or result in the creation or imposition of any material lien, claim, encumbrance or restriction under, any material contract to which the Company is a party or by or to which it or any of its assets or properties may be bound or subject, (ii) violate, conflict with or result in the breach of any material terms of, or result in the material modification of, any material contract or otherwise give any other contracting party the right to terminate a material contract, or constitute (or with notice or lapse of time would constitute) a material default under any material contract to which the Company is a party or by or to which it or any of its assets or properties may be bound or subject or (iii) result in any violation, or be in conflict with or constitute a default under any term, of the Company’s Declaration of Trust or Bylaws, each as amended to date, which in any such case could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company, its financial condition or results of operation.
4.  Representations and Warranties of the Purchaser.
The Purchaser hereby represents and warrants to the Company as follows:
4.1  Requisite Power and Authority. The Purchaser has all necessary power and authority under all applicable provisions of law to execute and deliver this Agreement and to carry out the provisions of this Agreement. All action on the Purchaser’s part required for the lawful execution and delivery of this Agreement has been or will be effectively taken prior to the Closing. This Agreement, when executed and delivered, will be a valid and binding obligation of the Purchaser, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except (i) as limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws of general application affecting enforcement of creditors’ rights and (ii) general principles of equity that restrict the availability of equitable remedies.
4.2 Investment Representations. The Purchaser understands that the Shares are being offered and sold based in part upon the Purchaser’s representations and warranties as follows:
(a) The Purchaser is acquiring the Shares for certain accounts for which it provides discretionary investment management services for investment only, and not with a view towards their distribution within the meaning of the Securities Act.
(b) The Purchaser represents that by reason of its, or of its management’s, business or financial experience, the Purchaser has the capacity to evaluate its investment in the Shares and the transactions contemplated in this Agreement. Nothing in this Agreement, the Prospectus, the Disclosure Package or any other materials presented to the Purchaser in connection with the purchase and sale of the Shares constitutes legal, tax or investment advice. The Purchaser has consulted such legal, tax and investment advisors as it, in its sole discretion, has deemed necessary or appropriate in connection with its purchase of Shares. The Purchaser is not a corporation, trust or partnership specifically formed for the purpose of consummating these transactions.
(c) As of the date hereof, the Purchaser beneficially owns fewer than 5,000,000 Common Shares and the Purchaser does not hold or beneficially own any securities of the Company other than Common Shares.
(d) The Purchaser has delivered a completed and executed IRS Form W-9 or applicable IRS Form W-8 and will complete, execute and deliver such additional documentation related to tax withholding or tax filings as the Company may request from time to time. The Purchaser confirms that such IRS Form W-9 or applicable IRS Form W-8 is true, correct and complete in all respects.

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(e) The amounts to be paid by the Purchaser to the Company in respect of the Purchase Price are not, and will not be, directly, or to the Purchaser’s knowledge indirectly, derived from activities that may contravene federal, state or foreign laws and regulations, including anti money laundering and terrorist financing laws and regulations, and, to the best of the Purchaser’s knowledge, neither (a) the Purchaser, nor (b) any person or entity for which the Purchaser is acting as agent or nominee in connection with this Agreement is located in a country or territory, or is an individual or entity named on any list administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), nor is any such person or entity prohibited (nor will they be prohibited) from investing in the Company under any OFAC administered sanctions or embargo programs. The Company reserves the right to request such information as is necessary to verify the identity of the Purchaser or any individual or entity having signatory or other similar authority over the Purchaser with respect to this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, and may seek to verify such identity and the source of funds for the Purchase Price.
(f) Since the time of the initial conversation between the Company and the Purchaser regarding the Offering, the Purchaser has not directly or indirectly, nor has any person acting on behalf of or pursuant to any understanding with the Purchaser, disclosed any information regarding the Offering to any third parties (other than its legal, accounting and other advisors) or engaged in any transactions in the securities of the Company (including, without limitations, any short sales (as defined in Rule 200(a) of Regulation SHO) involving the Company’s securities). The Purchaser covenants that neither it nor any person acting on its behalf or pursuant to any understanding with it will engage in any transactions in the securities of the Company (including short sales) prior to the time that the transactions contemplated by this Agreement are publicly disclosed.
5. Public Announcements. Except as may be required by applicable law, prior to the public announcement by the Company of this Agreement or the purchase of the Shares contemplated hereby, the Purchaser shall not make any public announcements or otherwise communicate with any news media with respect to this Agreement or the purchase of the Shares contemplated hereby, without prior consultation with the Company as to the timing and contents of any such announcement or communications.
6. Listing of Shares. The Company hereby agrees to cause the Shares that are acquired pursuant to this Agreement to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange or such other exchange on which the Common Shares are then listed.
7.     Conditions of Closing of the Company. The obligation of the Company to consummate the purchase and sale of the Shares to the Purchaser is subject to the fulfillment to the Company’s reasonable satisfaction (or waiver by the Company) on or prior to the Closing of each of the following conditions:
(a) Each representation and warranty made by the Purchaser in Section 4 above shall be true and correct as of the Closing as though made as of the Closing. By accepting the Shares to be issued to the Purchaser and delivering the Purchase Price therefor, the Purchaser shall be deemed to have reaffirmed such representations and warranties as of the Closing.
(b) All covenants, agreements and conditions contained in this Agreement to be performed or complied with by the Purchaser on or prior to the Closing shall have been performed or complied with by it in all respects.
(c) No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any part thereof, or preventing or suspending the use of the Base Prospectus or the Prospectus or any part thereof, shall have been issued and no proceedings for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A under the Securities Act, shall have been initiated or threatened by the Commission.

8.  Conditions of Closing of the Purchaser. The obligations of the Purchaser to consummate the purchase and sale of the Shares is subject to the fulfillment to the Purchaser’s reasonable satisfaction (or waiver by the Purchaser) on or prior to the Closing of each of the following conditions:
(a) Each representation and warranty made by the Company in Section 3 above shall be true and correct as of the Closing as though made as of the Closing. By delivering the Shares to be issued to the Purchaser for the accounts which it manages and accepting the Purchase Price therefor, the Company shall be deemed to have reaffirmed such representations and warranties as of the Closing.
(b) All covenants, agreements and conditions contained in this Agreement to be performed or complied with by the Company on or prior to the Closing to the extent they relate to the Purchaser and the Shares shall have been performed or complied with by it in all respects.
(c) No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any part thereof, or preventing or suspending the use of the Base Prospectus or the Prospectus or any part thereof, shall have been issued and no proceedings for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A under the Securities Act, shall have been initiated or threatened by the Commission.

9.  Miscellaneous.

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9.1  Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York without regard to the principles of conflict of laws thereof that would cause the laws of another jurisdiction to apply.
9.2  Survival. The representations, warranties, covenants and agreements made herein shall survive any investigation made by the Purchaser and the closing of the transactions contemplated hereby. All statements as to factual matters contained in any certificate or other instrument delivered by or on behalf of the Company pursuant hereto in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby shall be deemed to be representations and warranties by the Company hereunder solely as of the date of such certificate or instrument, except as expressly provided otherwise in such certificate or instrument.
9.3  Successors and Assigns. This Agreement and the rights granted hereunder may not be assigned, sold, transferred, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, the Purchaser and their respective successors and permitted assigns.
9.4  Severability. In case any provision of this Agreement shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall, to the extent practicable, be modified so as to make it valid, legal and enforceable and to maintain as nearly as practicable the intent of the parties, and the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
9.5  Amendment and Waiver.
(a) Any amendment of this Agreement shall only be binding upon the parties hereto executing such amendment.
(b) The obligations of the Company and the Purchaser under this Agreement may be waived only with the written consent of the parties hereto to whom such obligations are owed.
(c) Except to the extent provided in this Section 9.5, neither this Agreement nor any provision hereof may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated, except by a statement in writing signed by the party against which enforcement of the change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought.
9.6  Notices. All notices and other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given and received (a) upon personal delivery, (b) on the fifth day following mailing sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, (c) upon confirmed delivery by means of a nationally recognized overnight courier service or (d) upon confirmed transmission of facsimile addressed: (i) if to the Purchaser, at the Purchaser’s address as set forth on the signature page hereto, or at such other address as the Purchaser shall have furnished to the Company in writing or (ii) if to the Company, at its address as set forth on the signature page hereto, or at such other address as the Company shall have furnished to the Purchaser in writing.
9.7  Expenses. The Company shall pay all costs and expenses that it incurs with respect to the negotiation, execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, including, without limitation, any state or federal registration fees with respect to registration or qualification of the Offering under federal or state securities laws, the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Shares, any stamp duties, capital duties and share transfer taxes, if any, payable upon the sale of the Shares to the Purchaser and the fees and expenses associated with the listing of the Shares on the New York Stock Exchange, and the Purchaser shall pay all costs and expenses that it incurs with respect to the negotiation, execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement.
9.8  Titles and Subtitles. The titles of the paragraphs and subparagraphs of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and are not to be considered in construing this Agreement.
9.9  Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one instrument and which may be delivered by telecopy or email.
9.10  Broker’s Fees. Each party hereto agrees that they will each pay one half of the broker’s commission in connection with the transaction contemplated herein, not to exceed $125,000 in the aggregate ($62,500 per party).
9.11  Subsequent, Consents, Permits and Waivers. The Company shall obtain promptly after any Closing all authorizations, approvals, consents, permits and waivers that are necessary or applicable for consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and that were not obtained prior to such Closing because they may be properly obtained subsequent to such Closing.




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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date set forth in the first paragraph hereof.

 
 
Company:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: August 3, 2017
By:
Urban Edge Properties
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Mark Langer
 
 
Mark Langer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
 
 
 
 
Address:
 
 
888 Seventh Avenue
 
 
New York, New York 10019

 
 
Purchaser:
 
 
 
Date: August 3, 2017

 
Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Francis C. Poli
 
 
Francis C. Poli, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
 
 
 
 
 
Address:
 
 
280 Park Avenue, 10th Floor
 
 
New York, New York 10017


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Section 3: EX-5.1 (EXHIBIT 5.1)

Exhibit


EXHIBIT 5.1

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August 4, 2017

Urban Edge Properties
888 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10019

Re:    Registration Statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-212951)

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have served as Maryland counsel to Urban Edge Properties, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), in connection with certain matters of Maryland law arising out of the sale and issuance of 6,250,000 common shares (the “Shares”) of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value per share, of the Company covered by the above-referenced Registration Statement, and all amendments thereto (the “Registration Statement”), filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). The Shares are to be issued to an institutional investor in a direct placement (the “Offering”) pursuant to a Common Share Purchase Agreement, dated August 3, 2017 (the “Purchase Agreement”), by and among the Company and Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc., a New York corporation for and on behalf of those funds and accounts for which it serves as investment manager.

In connection with our representation of the Company, and as a basis for the opinion hereinafter set forth, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Documents”):

1.    The Registration Statement;

2.    The Prospectus, dated August 5, 2016, as supplemented by a Prospectus Supplement, dated August 3, 2017 (the “Prospectus Supplement”), filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) promulgated under the 1933 Act;

3.    The declaration of trust of the Company (the “Declaration”), certified by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of Maryland (the “SDAT”);
4.    The Bylaws of the Company, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;
5.    A certificate of the SDAT as to the good standing of the Company, dated as of a recent date;
6.    Resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Company relating to, among other matters, (a) the sale and issuance of the Shares and (b) the Purchase Agreement, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company (the “Resolutions”);

7.    The Purchase Agreement;
8.    A certificate executed by an officer of the Company, dated as of the date hereof; and

9.    Such other documents and matters as we have deemed necessary or appropriate to express the opinion set forth below, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein.

In expressing the opinion set forth below, we have assumed the following:

1.     Each individual executing any of the Documents, whether on behalf of such individual or another person, is legally competent to do so.






2.    Each individual executing any of the Documents on behalf of a party (other than the Company) is duly authorized to do so.

3.    Each of the parties (other than the Company) executing any of the Documents has duly and validly executed and delivered each of the Documents to which such party is a signatory, and such party’s obligations set forth therein are legal, valid and binding and are enforceable in accordance with all stated terms.

4.    All Documents submitted to us as originals are authentic. The form and content of all Documents submitted to us as unexecuted drafts do not differ in any respect relevant to this opinion from the form and content of such Documents as executed and delivered. All Documents submitted to us as certified or photostatic copies conform to the original documents. All signatures on all Documents are genuine. All public records reviewed or relied upon by us or on our behalf are true and complete. All representations, warranties, statements and information contained in the Documents are true and complete. There has been no oral or written modification of or amendment to any of the Documents, and there has been no waiver of any provision of any of the Documents, by action or omission of the parties or otherwise.

5.    The Shares will not be issued or transferred in violation of the restrictions on transfer and ownership contained in Article VII of the Declaration.

Based upon the foregoing, and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein, it is our opinion that:

1.    The Company is a real estate investment trust duly formed and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Maryland and is in good standing with the SDAT.

2.    The issuance of the Shares has been duly authorized and, when and to the extent issued against payment therefor in accordance with the Registration Statement, the Prospectus Supplement, the Resolutions and the Purchase Agreement, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

The foregoing opinion is limited to the laws of the State of Maryland and we do not express any opinion herein concerning any other law. We express no opinion as to the applicability or effect of any federal or state securities laws, including the securities laws of the State of Maryland, or as to federal or state laws regarding fraudulent transfers. To the extent that any matter as to which our opinion is expressed herein would be governed by the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland, we do not express any opinion on such matter. The opinion expressed herein is subject to the effect of judicial decisions which may permit the introduction of parol evidence to modify the terms or the interpretation of agreements.

The opinion expressed herein is limited to the matters specifically set forth herein and no other opinion shall be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated. We assume no obligation to supplement this opinion if any applicable law changes after the date hereof or if we become aware of any fact that might change the opinion expressed herein after the date hereof.
This opinion is being furnished to you for submission to the Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K relating to the Offering (the “Current Report”), which is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Current Report and the said incorporation by reference and to the use of the name of our firm therein. In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required by Section 7 of the 1933 Act.
Very truly yours,

/s/ Venable LLP
                    
129868-412915                



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