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Pearlmark refinances Tower 56 with $125M loan

Pearlmark Real Estate has refinanced its Tower 56 office building with a $125 million loan from Blackstone.

NKF Capital Markets announced that it arranged the loan on behalf of Pearlmark, which has owned the 33-story Class A building since 2008.

The prime Plaza District tower designed by Fox and Fowle Architects, the property is located on 56th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue and is currently 92 percent leased by a mix of high quality tenants in the finance, legal, technology and entertainment sectors.

Pearlmark has completed $30 million worth of capital improvements since buying the building, including a full lobby renovation as well as comprehensive building and mechanical system upgrades.

JORDAN ROESCHLAUB

“Pearlmark’s extensive capital improvement program has further positioned Tower 56 as a top destination for tenants in the Plaza District,” said Jordan Roeschlaub, co-head, Debt & Structured Finance, at NKF who arranged the loan with a team that included Dustin Stolly, aNick Scribani and Chris Kramer.

The financing will be used to retire existing debt and will include a future funding component to support future leasing costs during the loan term.

“The asset’s strong historical occupancy performance coupled with the ability to roll near term below-market leases to market created a competitive lending market,” added Stolly.

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