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Swartz sticks his neck out for Giraffe

HKS Capital Partners negotiated a $39 million CMBS loan from CCRE for the refinance of the 72 room Flatiron boutique Giraffe Hotel on Park Ave South.

The hotel, part of the Library Hotels Collection, is owned by Henry Kallan.

HKS co-founder Jerry Swartz has handled all three permanent mortgage refinances on the hotel done over the past 15 years.

Jerry Swartz has arranged the past three refinances for the hotel.
Jerry Swartz has arranged the past three refinances for the hotel.

Swartz also created the JV between the original owner of the property and Kallan to purchase the  land at 365 Park Avenue South.

He then arranged financing for the demolition of the previous SRO asset and the construction of Giraffe.

“Fifteen years ago, I knew the area was emerging,” said Swartz, who helped convince Kallan to build The Hotel Giraffe, one of several that now comprise his Library Hotel Collection. Kallan’s signature property is the Library Hotel, on 37th Street.

The latest loan for the Giraffe property at East 26th Street is a 10-year loan at a 4.3 percent interest rate.
“It makes sense because the rates are low now and the loan was coming due,” said Swartz, who also convinced the ownership to take more money out.

“I convinced them to take more because being able to pull out additional tax-free dollars just made sense. There will be a lot of opportunity coming up in the next year or two.”

HKS Capital’s co-partner Ayush Kapahi also worked to negotiate the loan.

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