Mortgage Observer

Wells Fargo Finances Calif. Outlet Center Buy Out of Special Servicing

Tulare Outlet Center.

Wells Fargo lent $31 million to New York-based Garrison Investment Group to help fund the acquisition of a California outlet center, sources familiar with the transaction told Mortgage Observer. The center had been in special servicing since 2009.

Garrison acquired the 55-store center, Tulare Outlet Center at 1407 Retherford Street in Tulare, Calif., from CMBS special servicer C-III Asset Management this month for an undisclosed price. Read More

Mortgage Observer

TF Cornerstone Closes Two Agency Loans Totaling $365M

95 Horatio Street.

The Singer & Bassuk Organization advised TF Cornerstone in the arrangement of two permanent agency loans totaling $365 million for the New York developer’s rental apartment buildings at 95 Horatio Street in the Meatpacking District and 4610 Center Boulevard in Long Island City, Mortgage Observer has first learned.

TF Cornerstone secured a $165 million Freddie Mac loan through Capital One for its Horatio Street property, said Jeremy Shell, the company’s head of finance and acquisitions, and Andrew Singer, chairman and chief executive officer of Singer & Bassuk. Read More

Mortgage Observer

TF Cornerstone Scores Construction Loan for 606 West 57th Street

606 West 57th Street rendering.

TF Cornerstone landed a $384 million construction loan for its 80/20 rental development at 606 West 57th Street from a consortium of banks led by Wells Fargo, Mortgage Observer can exclusively report.

Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank and Germany-based Helaba also participated in the deal, with each lender taking about one third of the loan, sources said. The loan carries a term of four years plus extension options and is funded through 80/20 bond financing from the state Housing Finance Agency, according to two people privy to the negotiations. The three banks declined to comment. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Wells Fargo and BNY Mellon Lead $412M Loan for Durst West Side Rental

A rendering of 625 West 57th Street. (Durst Fetner)

The Durst Organization scored a $411.5 million construction loan from a group of lenders led by Wells Fargo and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. to finance the development of its tetrahedron-shaped rental tower at 625 West 57th Street, sources familiar with the deal told Mortgage Observer.

The loan, which closed last week, carries a term of four years with a one-year extension option and “smoking interest rates,” one person familiar with the transaction said on the condition of anonymity. Read More

Lease Beat

Wells Fargo Subleases For New ATMs in Times Square Station [Updated]

Wells Fargo ATM

Wells Fargo bank will open its second ATM area in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority‘s Times Square-42nd Street Station through a 485-square-foot sublease until August 2017 for a retail storefront beneath Eighth Avenue near West 44th Street that will net the agency an annual rent of $24,400, MTA officials said.

The bank with over 12,000 ATM locations nationwide and an existing one elsewhere in the bustling station in a corridor near West 42nd Street and Broadway, according to the firm’s website, subleased the space from One Stop Music, a music, DVD, video games, luggage, posters and electronics store that moved to a 600-square-foot space across the hall, said store owner Adam Chowdury. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Wells Fargo Syndicates Westin Diplomat Loan

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Wells Fargo has syndicated a $260 million senior loan it provided to Thayer Lodging Group Fund VI and Brookfield Asset Management for a joint-venture acquisition and renovation of the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, in Hollywood, Fla., Mortgage Observer has exclusively learned.

Wells Fargo completed the syndication this week with three participating lenders, which the San Francisco-based bank declined to name. Michael Brown of the bank’s real estate syndication team under Wells Fargo Securities led the transaction. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Silverstein, Elad Seek $500M to Build 1 West End Avenue

Larry Silverstein

Silverstein Properties and Elad Group, who are partnering on high-end residential condominium 1 West End Avenue, are now seeking about $500 million in construction funds from a consortium of banks for the project, sources told Mortgage Observer.

The syndicate will be led by Wells Fargo and Bank of America, who provided the loan the partnership used to buy the Midtown West land last year from the Carlyle Group for $160 million, one person said.  Read More

Mortgage Observer

Q&A: Christopher Jordan, Head of Wells Fargo’s Hospitality Finance Group

Christopher Jordan.

Mr. Jordan spoke with Mortgage Observer in September from his office in Washington, D.C. He told MO about the inception of Wells Fargo’s hospitality lending arm, where the market may be heading as 2015 approaches and two newsworthy deals his team recently closed. The 53-year-old Maryland native received his bachelor’s degree in 1983 and his Master’s of Business Administration in 2005, both from Duke University. He joined Wells Fargo in 1988. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Wells Fargo Names Horatio Jones Head of Multifamily in South Florida

Jones Horatio.

Wells Fargo has appointed Horatio Jones, one of its commercial real estate loan originators, to lead the bank’s South Florida office for multifamily GSE lending, Mortgage Observer has exclusively learned.

Mr. Jones, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, brings more than seven years of commercial real estate lending experience to the new position, according to a Wells Fargo spokesperson. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Silverstein Properties Refinances River Place With $230M Wells Fargo Loan

River Place.

Wells Fargo provided a $230 million Fannie Mae loan to Silverstein Properties to refinance its River Place rental tower at 650 West 42nd Street on the corner of 12th Avenue, the borrower confirmed to Mortgage Observer.

The seven-year interest-only loan carries a rate below 3.5 percent and replaces existing securitized debt on the property that is nearing maturity, Silverstein Properties Chief Executive Officer Marty Burger said. Ackman-Ziff served as a broker on the transaction. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Willis Tower Now in Special Servicing: Fitch

Willis Tower (tallest)

Chicago’s Willis Tower was transferred to special servicing this week due to “imminent monetary default,” according to Fitch Ratings, which tracks the senior CMBS debt on the building’s loan. The 110-story tower was, until last year, the tallest in America. One World Trade Center was ruled tallest in November.

The borrowers, a group that includes a number of prominent New York owners and developers led by Joseph Chetrit’s Chetrit Group, owe almost $500 million in senior CMBS debt and about $774 million total, according to data from Fitch. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Retail Lending Gets Easier—Thanks in No Small Part to CMBS

Retail lending is on the rise

It’s loan shopping season for shopping center owners. Retail landlords around the country are increasingly turning to commercial mortgage-backed securities to finance properties in secondary markets as an alternative to traditional loans, industry sources told Mortgage Observer.


While banks and insurance companies that provide traditional commercial real estate financing are targeting primary markets like New York and San Francisco, focusing on prime properties and the strong multifamily sector, investors who are hungry for returns are willing to dig into CMBS deals on less desirable properties with less prestigious retail tenants and higher leverage, sources said. Read More

Mortgage Observer

Citigroup and Others to Lend $1.45B to SL Green, as REIT Raises Cash for New Deals

388 Greenwich Street

The financial musical chairs at Citigroup’s Tribeca offices continue. The multinational financial services firm signed a contract in December to occupy and possibly buy two buildings, 388 and 390 Greenwich Street, which it already occupies. Now, the bank is also lending a whopping $1.45 billion to the current landlord, SL Green Realty, according to a report from Bloomberg News today.

That loan–which reportedly includes bundled funds from Barclays Plc, Wells Fargo and Bank of China—will be packaged into bonds set to hit the market next month. Read More