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BH Properties scores $252.8M loan for three Manhattan hotels

Los Angeles firm BH Properties has secured $252.8 million in financing for three ground leased hotels in Manhattan.

The deal was announced by New York Life Real Estate Investors, which provided the cross-collateralized, 25-year loan. “New York Life is pleased to provide this capital to facilitate BH Properties’ earlier acquisition of the subject and satisfy their long term borrowing objectives,” said Eric Becher, the senior director of New York Life Real Estate Investors’ New York office.

The properties include Element New York Times Square West at 311 West 39th Street, the Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel at 372 Canal Street and the DoubleTree Financial District at 8 Stone Street. BH acquired the ground leases last September for $338.2 million.

The three hotels, which were all designed by architect Gene Kaufman, contain 1,179 rooms. BH Properties acquired the ground leases from Lexington Realty Trust.

“This was an important financing for us as it will increase our ability to more effectively pursue opportunistic acquisitions,” said Tye Palonen, director of finance at BH Properties. Aside from funding the ground lease, the loan will also finance BH’s future acquisitions.

The ground lease is the largest deal that BH Properties has ever closed. It had to restructure its balance sheet for the deal. When the transaction was first announced, BH said that it will divest out of 25 properties across the country.

The three hotels were all built in 2010. Magna Hospitality developed the properties. At the time of the ground lease deal, the portfolio had $213.1 million of mortgage debt.

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