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Treetop recaps stack on Rockaway asset

Berkadia announced $120.78 million in financing secured for 711 Seagirt, a 917-unit high rise multifamily property in Far Rockaway, New York.

Director Michael Shmuely, of Berkadia’s New York office, secured the permanent refinancing on behalf of the borrower, New Jersey-based Treetop Development.

The Freddie Mac loan, brokered by Isaac Lifshitz and Thomas Wayda of Meridian Capital Group, features a 10-year term with five years interest-only.


In addition to this $120.78 million senior loan, the team also secured $25 million in preferred equity through entities affiliated with Pennybacker Capital.

“This deal represents exactly the type of financing Freddie Mac strives to provide,” said Shmuely.

“The property is a well-located asset offering affordable rents and the sponsors are long-term holders committed to improving the quality of life for their tenants via significant capital improvements.

“Treetop has now recapitalized the stack at historically low interest rates and is positioned for long-term success. We at Berkadia are thrilled to have been a part of that.”

Located at 711 Seagirt Avenue, the property features studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Community amenities include a doorman, an elevator, laundry facilities and a fitness center.

Residents are also located within walking distance of Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk and Queens Marina and Boat Dock.

The loan falls squarely within Freddie Mac’s mission-driven goals. Nearly 40 percent of the property (358 units) is affordable to very-low-income tenants who earn 50 percent of area median income (AMI) or less, and nearly 70 percent of the of the units are affordable to low-income residents with incomes at or below 80 percent of AMI.

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