Wendy Cai-Lee, born in Shanghai, stands in front of a contemporary Chinese mural made from gunpowder, discussing Bill and Melinda Gates’ social influence with two of her senior lenders, Derrick Do, born in Saigon, and Richard Grani, born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“The Gates have enough money and power to bypass governments when they need to,” Ms. Cai-Lee tells her colleagues.
A major Chinese investment firm has secured a loan from a U.S. lender to develop a large-scale residential real estate project in Brooklyn. But Xinyuan Real Estate Co. is taking a different tack from that of many foreign investors that have developed real estate in New York City: It is proceeding without a U.S.-based joint venture partner.
Xinyuan, through its U.S. real estate arm XIN Development, plans to build a seven-story condominium development in South Williamsburg, to be called Oosten, according to a representative for the firm. The project nabbed a $165 million loan from New York-based Fortress Investment Group, according to data provided by the real estate services firm Real Capital Analytics. Fortress did not respond to a request for comment.
Shortly after a Chinese business tapped Studley’s newly opened Shanghai office to help it expand beyond the city and country and procure space in New York earlier this year, Yin Li, head of the brokerage firm’s China operations, hit a roadblock.
In line with standards in China, Ms. Li’s client was looking to sign a short-term two- or three-year lease, which New York landlords were reluctant to accommodate. Instead, Ms. Li convinced her client to seek out an alternative—a sublease deal.
First it was the hipsters. Then it was China. And now the city’s largest office landlord, SL Green Realty Corp., is finally seeing promise in the residential development of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The real estate investment trust and commercial real estate giant announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase a newly completed, vacant residential building in the hip-turned-posh Brooklyn neighborhood — the company’s first foray into Brooklyn’s residential market.
Information in a prepared statement sent by the company suggests that the address is 250 Bedford Avenue, though it was not specified.