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PEEK closes on construction financing for NJ development

PEEK Properties (PEEK) has secured $9,750,000 in construction financing for the first of three new-construction Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) multifamily properties in the City of Orange, N.J.

PEEK is a commercial real estate investment, development and management company formerly known as Equis Realty Partners.

The loan, which was arranged by Meridian Capital and Bogota Savings Bank, is designated for the construction of 50 Class A market-rate units at 276 Reock St., in the city’s Reock Street Redevelopment Area (RSRA). PEEK Reock I QOF, LLC kicked off its initial fundraising last summer and recently concluded its final phase of equity and debt fundraising.

“Underway site work at 276 Reock St., is focusing on clearing and grading in preparation for pouring the foundation and footings,” said PEEK Managing Partner Emanuel Klein. “We expect development to take about 14 months, with lease up slated for the winter of 2022.”

The Class A property is the flagship for the company’s newest urban residential enclave Orange Crossing, to be developed in three phases.

Branded Apex Orange Crossing, 276 Reock St., features a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartment units. Amenities include a gym, parking garage, automated parking system and automated package delivery system as well as car-charging stations.    

Situated one block from NJ Transit’s Orange Station and the Main Street Business District, Orange Crossing aligns with the city’s efforts to revitalize land and property parcels between the NJ Transit railroad right-of-way and Freeway Drive/Interstate 280. The area is bounded by South Essex Avenue to the west and South Center Street to the east.

“Bogota Savings Bank is proud to be the financier for a project designed to elevate the quality of life for those in the communities we serve,” said Kathleen Pless, senior vice president of commercial lending. “We are pleased to collaborate with local developers like PEEK and their partners to enhance the urban and suburban commercial landscape statewide.”

PEEK also recently secured site plan approvals from the City of Orange Planning Board for Reock II (99 units at 495 Day St.) and Reock III (91 units at 72 S. Essex Ave), located next to Apex Orange Crossing.

Branded Summit Orange Crossing and Pinnacle Orange Crossing, respectively, all three properties are planned to come online within six months of one another. Combined development costs are expected to surpass $59 million.

PHILIP EVANSKI

“This is an exciting time for PEEK Properties,” said PEEK Managing Partner Phillip J. Evanski, who noted the firm is finalizing the remaining equity for PEEK Reock II QOF, LLC by year end while launching initial funding for PEEK Reock III QOF, LLC. “All of this comes on the heels of completing our first joint venture development – 475 William St. in the Brick Church neighborhood of East Orange – since forming PEEK in late 2018.”

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