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Meadow Partners Acquires Former Menachem Stark Property in Williamsburg With M&T Loan

100 South 4th Street.

Keeping true to its “relationship lender” motto, M&T Bank provided a $36 million loan to help fund a recent Meadow Partners acquisition, taking a bet on a beleaguered multifamily loft building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, sources familiar with the negotiations told Mortgage Observer.

The Midtown-based investment firm acquired the rental property at 100 South 4th Street, which was developed by the late Menachem Stark and his partner Israel Perlmutter for $52 million, on Aug. 7, taking it out of a five-year bankruptcy process. Read More

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M&T Refinances 250 Mercer Street Through Freddie Mac Loan

250 Mercer Street

M&T Realty Capital Corp., the commercial mortgage banking subsidiary of M&T Bank, recently closed a $34 million Freddie Mac loan to refinance a 256-unit co-op building at 250 Mercer Street in NoHo, a spokesperson for the bank told Mortgage Observer. The borrower is listed in public records as Mercer Square Owners Corp.

Proceeds from the ten-year loan will go to capital improvements on the 16-story pre-war building and allow the shareholders to lock into a low fixed interest rate, according to the lender. Read More

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How Far Will Relationship Lenders Go?

(Illustration by John Jack Perry)

When the heads of the Manhasset, Long Island-based real estate firm Milbrook Properties began seeking acquisition financing for a retail strip in Marietta, Ga., they called on People’s United Bank, a relationship lender they had worked with on nearly 10 deals in the last 18 months.

The borrowers, who are seeking about $5.5 million to purchase the property, felt People’s United would offer the most favorable and flexible terms, said Charles Hirsch, president of the more than 80-year-old real estate management, acquisition and development firm, given their rapport. Read More

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PRC Lands $52M Construction Loan for Student Housing Project

A rendering of the planned development at The College of New Jersey

New Jersey-based developer The PRC Group nabbed $52.5 million in construction financing for its $80 million student housing project at The College of New Jersey, Mortgage Observer has learned.

HFF secured the three-year loan for the 130-unit development, which should be complete by fall of 2015. The trio of lenders was led by M&T Bank, an M&T spokesperson confirmed, and funds from The Provident Bank and Columbia Bank were bundled into the deal, according to Greg Lentine, director of university campus development for PRC.  Read More

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M&T Bank Finances Manhattan’s First Micro-Unit Development

My Micro NY Rendering

It was a tight deal for an even tighter development. M&T Bank recently closed a $10.3 million construction loan for the creation of Manhattan’s first micro-unit rental property to be built in Kips Bay. The loan went to Brooklyn-based Monadnock Construction, which is leading the project’s development team, Mortgage Observer has first learned.

The nine-story “My Micro NY” project, located on the northeast corner of East 27th Street and Mt. Carmel Place, will consist of 55 prefabricated apartments averaging about 300 square feet with 40 percent of the units being offered at below market rates. The mini apartments will contain nearly 10-foot ceilings and seven-foot-wide balconies in addition to 16-foot-long overhead loft spaces and full closets. Read More

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Multifamily Financing in Manhattan Faces Rising Hurdles

(Illustration by Thomas Pitilli)

While Manhattan is clearly one of the most desirable places on the planet to live—and much ink has been spilled over rising rental prices therein—there is another side to the coin. The sky-high land values that come along with rising rents are now keeping a firm lid on multifamily development in Gotham.

Despite the enormous demand from renters, lenders are far more interested in financing luxury condominiums, hotels and office and retail development in Manhattan, sources told Mortgage Observer. And while developers and bankers cite myriad economic and practical reasons for the hampered development pipeline for multifamily projects, the ever-loftier land costs are the bedrock issue. Read More

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Icon Realty Takes $59M Mortgage on UES Building, Longtime Restaurant Leaves

1556 Second Avenue

Residential developer Icon Realty Management has closed a $59.9 million mortgage tied to the acquisition of 1556 Second Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Icon affiliate 1556 Realty Corp. bought the mixed-use property at the corner of 80th Street, for $7 million and closed the loan on Jan. 29th, public records show. M&T Bank financed the mortgage. The bank declined to comment. Icon did not return requests for comment. Read More

Stat of the Week

Nearly Half of 1Q13 Transactions Were Renewals


Leasing activity in the first quarter of 2013 totaled 7.15 million square feet, a 30 percent increase from each of the last two quarters of 2012. However, peeling back the layers reveals that 46 percent of these lease transactions were renewals. Yes you read that correctly—almost half of the square footage leased in the first quarter was renewals. Seven out of the top 10 transactions were large tenants opting to remain in place; this is a big contributor to the trend. Read More

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Many Lenders Offering Low Rates for Multifamily


It seems like the perfect storm: investors are paying record prices to acquire residential rental apartments in metropolitan areas. And at the same time, financial institutions—especially regional and local commercial and savings banks—are offering the lowest rates for long-term financing for this asset class. Ramping up the competition, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, insurance companies, CMBS and conduits are all offering borrowers low rates, with terms we have not experienced in decades. Read More

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New Jersey Lenders Locked in Competition for Multifamily Assignments

NJ Multifamily Harvest

The Garden State has become fertile ground for developers, and commercial real estate lenders both large and small are looking to get in on the action, while others are looking to retain and expand the market share they already have.

Competition among lenders is quickly growing as more people look to rent in New Jersey, the most urbanized state in the country, 94.7 percent of whose population is centered in urban areas, according to 2010 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. That abundance of multifamily properties just west of the Hudson River coincides with university expansions, new retail and office properties and other large real estate projects throughout the state. Read More

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Q&A: Peter D’Arcy, M&T Bank

Peter D’Arcy.

To cap off 2012, The Mortgage Observer spoke to M&T Bank’s Peter D’Arcy, a 17-year company veteran who was recently promoted to regional president for New York City. Mr. D’Arcy spoke about his years with the bank, his new role and M&T’s plans to build its middle-market and health care lending presence. Read More

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Class of 2013: New Hires Signal Banks’ Growth Heading Into New Year


Everyone wants to operate a business in New York City. Companies from around the world travel to the Big Apple to expand their presence in the global market by staking out space here.

While the costs of operating a business in the city and in the region can be astronomical, the rewards can make it well worth it. So despite the challenges, each year a number of financial institutions from around the globe decide that it’s time to expand in New York in order to capitalize on companies’ desires to open shop or expand their operations here. As 2012 draws to a close, a number of new entrants from regional and national banks are elbowing in to gain market share in the New York tristate area by offering financing for commercial real estate. That means new hires. Read More