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Douglaston lands $415M for Far West Side apartments

Douglaston Development has secured $415 million a construction loan to build a new 931-unit luxury mixed-use residential development at 601 West 29th Street on the Far Wide Side (rendering top).

Greystone has arranged the equity and debt. An affiliate of Ares Management, committed to invest joint-venture equity, and a syndicate of banks led by HSBC, with co-lenders Bank of China and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, provided a $415 million construction loan.

Santander Bank and Raymond James Bank also participated in the loan facility.

Spanning the full block-front on 11th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets, the project site is located at the crossroads of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.

Greystone’s Structured Finance Group, led by president Drew Fletcher, was tapped to serve as exclusive advisor on behalf of Douglaston and Ares in arranging the full capital stack for the project.

PAUL FRIED

Paul Fried, executive managing director and head of Equity Capital Markets for Greystone’s debt and equity advisory platform, led the effort to raise the joint-venture equity, with support from vice president Matthew Hirsch and associate Bryan Grover, who also contributed to the debt raise.

Ken Lore from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Shapiro & Gellert PLLC served as transaction counsel for the joint-venture.

Designed by FXCollaborative, the project will have a 50,000 s/f amenity package that includes a fitness center, multiple outdoor terraces, and a pool.

The building will have 931 residential units, 697 market rate units and 234 units reserved for residents earning an average of 60 percent of Area Median Income.

The project also includes 186 parking spaces and 15,000 s/f of Class-A retail.
Demolition and site work are already underway, and the Project is expected to open in 2023.

“The Douglaston team did an incredible job assembling the site and creating what will undoubtedly become one of New York City’s signature multifamily developments. We are extremely proud to have represented both Douglaston and Ares on this market-leading transaction,” said Fletcher.

“The combination of elite sponsorship, great basis, and an unparalleled location adjacent to Hudson Yards creates a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity for an institutional investor like Ares,” added Fried.

Douglaston made an early entry into the Far West Side in 2010 with its 369-unit residential property, Ohm.

Over a nearly five-year period, Douglaston assembled and rezoned the Ohm’s large, underutilized site and structured a 99-year ground lease to create the site.

Jeffrey Levine

Douglaston’s chairman Jeffrey Levine and president Steven Charno in a joint statement said: “Douglaston is thrilled to kick-off our new partnership with Ares on this ground-breaking development.

“We are equally proud to deepen our relationship with Greystone. Drew and his team demonstrated incredible commitment working alongside us for nearly four years as we rezoned the site.”

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