WC Smith Secures $108M to Refinance Park Chelsea Apartments in DC


WC Smith has received $108 million to refinance Park Chelsea, a 429-unit apartment building in Washington, D.C., completed in 2016. 

The Fannie Mae financing consists of a five-year fixed rate at 5.19 percent with a full-term interest-only loan, replacing a seven-year fixed-rate loan originated by Walker & Dunlop and Fannie Mae in 2016.

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Located at 880 New Jersey Avenue SE, Park Chelsea was part of the first phase of WC Smith’s The Collective, a 1,138-unit apartment community in D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront. 

“This was a highly sensitive refinance coming up for maturity at the end of this year,” Brendan Coleman, Walker & Dunlop’s senior managing director who led the financing, told Commercial Observer. “As a testament to [our two companies’] long-standing relationship, the Coleman team drove a competitive process, culminating in an expedited approval to allow rate lock within 24 hours of application to catch a much-appreciated dip in the volatile treasury yields. This ensured a seamless payoff in a very challenging capital markets environment.”

Walker & Dunlop also arranged the financing for the first three phases of The Collective for a combined $364.2 million. Both the 336-unit Agora and 373-unit The Garrett apartment complexes make up the other developments in The Collective and opened during the pandemic. Combined, the three properties were 99 percent leased at the time of the new loan closing. 

Park Chelsea’s amenities include a 24-hour concierge, game room, library, conference room and garden room. Residents also have access to amenities across all three phases of the project, including indoor green space with an amphitheater, a full-size basketball court, an outdoor singles tennis court and a coworking space.

Joining Coleman on the deal was Walker & Dunlop’s Connor Locke

Keith Loria can be reached at kloria@commercialobserver.com.