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Ariel Property Advisors arranges $9.2 million in financing for mixed-use property in Central Harlem

Ariel Property Advisors has arranged a $9.2 million acquisition loan for a mixed-use property at 321 Lenox Avenue in the Central Harlem neighborhood of Northern Manhattan. The 33-unit building is comprised of 32 free-market residential units, one commercial space occupied by local eatery Corner Social and three antenna leases.

Eran Nornberg, CEO of OSTB Capital LLC, who purchased the building said, “We are firm believers in the
demand dynamics of Central Harlem which is experiencing significant rental growth month-over-month,
especially with our irreplaceable location being steps away from the 2 and 3 subway stops at 125th
Street. We’re looking forward to the coming years as we execute our business plan, which includes giving
our tenants a best-in-class residential experience.”

The five-year fixed rate, non-recourse loan featured two years of interest only payments. It was secured
by an Ariel team including Matt Swerdlow and Matthew Dzbanek, both Senior Directors of Capital
Services.

“Mixed-use properties that offer great retail visibility and market rate residential growth are very bankable
right now,” said Swerdlow. “Our team was able to close the loan in 35 business days while also securing
full credit for all of the income derived from the antenna leases, typically a rarity in commercial lending
due to potential technological obsolescence and a high degree of possible competition among other
rooftops.”

Located between 126th and 127th Streets on Harlem’s restaurant row, 321 Lenox Avenue is across the
street from the world-famous Sylvia’s and a popular restaurant Red Rooster. Harlem’s main commercial
corridor is a block away on 125 th Street where national retailers include Whole Foods, Raymour &
Flanigan, CVS and Marshalls.

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