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SL Green closes $1.5B loan for One Vanderbilt

SL Green Realty Corp. has closed on $1.5 billion of construction financing for One Vanderbilt, ensuring that the 1,401-foot-tall, state-of-the-art office tower, will soon rise adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown.

One Vanderbilt will include direct connections to Grand Central’s network of mass transit, improved by $220 million in upgrades SL Green is implementing as part of the project.

The facility, led by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Administrative Agent, The Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan Chase Bank, TD Bank, N.A., and Bank of China, as Syndication Agents, and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg as Documentation Agent, has a term of up to seven years and bears interest at a floating interest rate of 3.50 percent over LIBOR, with the ability to reduce the spread to as low as three percent upon achieving certain pre-leasing and completion milestones.    “Closing on the construction financing means that nothing stands in the way of One Vanderbilt becoming an iconic addition to the Manhattan skyline,” commented SL Green Managing Director, Robert Schiffer.

“One Vanderbilt will set a new standard for trophy buildings in Midtown Manhattan. It will respond to the needs of the modern workforce, offering tenants technologically advanced, Class A office space with best-in-class amenities and unparalleled proximity to public transportation.”

One Vanderbilt will encompass an entire block adjacent to Grand Central Terminal, bounded by Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues as well as 42nd and 43rd Streets. Vertical construction will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Tishman Construction will manage the project.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, the 58-floor, 1.6 million rentable-square-foot trophy tower will be the tallest building in Midtown and the second tallest in New York City.

In 2014, TD Bank signed a 20-year, 200,000 s/f lease, which includes its retail flagship store, making it the first office and retail anchor tenant in the building.

One Vanderbilt will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and direct, underground access to Grand Central Terminal where the future Long Island Railroad’s East Side Access project will connect Long Island commuters to East Midtown for the first time.

SL Green currently has interests in 119 Manhattan buildings totaling 44.7 million square feet. It has ownership interests in 31 suburban buildings totaling 4.9 million square feet.

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