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Meridian Capital Group Arranges $22 Million in Financing for Two Corner Retail Properties in New York City and Queens, NY

Meridian Capital Group, America’s most active dealmaker, negotiated $22 million in financing for the refinance of two retail properties in New York City and Forest Hills, NY, on behalf of Heskel Elias of The Heskel Group.

The 10-year loan, provided by a balance sheet lender, features a rate of 4.00% and was negotiated by Meridian Managing Director, Justin Boruchov, who co-leads a team with Senior Managing Director, Morris Betesh, and is based in the company’s New York City headquarters.

Located at 991 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and 70-25 Austin Street in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, NY, the two properties are home to Capital One, Ann Taylor and Charles Schwab. Both rest on prime corners in their respective neighborhoods, with the three-story Capital One on Third Avenue occupying one of the most visible and desirable retail corners in Manhattan, directly across from Bloomingdales’ flagship location. The single-story building occupied by Ann Taylor and Charles Schwab is also surrounded by a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, including Target, Shake Shack, and the historic open-air music venue, Forest Hills Stadium.

Both properties are easily accessible via several subway routes, as 991 Third Avenue is in close proximity to the 4, 5, 6, and N, Q, and R lines at the 59 Street-Lexington Avenue station, and 70-25 Austin Street is located just one block from the E, F, M, and R trains at the Forest Hills-71 Avenue station.

“While many banks are shying away from retail today, there is always demand for great properties and strong sponsors,” said Mr. Boruchov. “Heskel has prime locations with credit tenants and it was reflected in the better-than-market loan terms Meridian was able to negotiate.”

Founded in 1991, Meridian Capital Group, LLC is one of the nation's largest commercial real estate finance and advisory firms. Meridian is headquartered in New York with offices in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Florida and California. Working with a broad array of capital providers, Meridian arranges financing for transactions ranging from $1 million to more than $500 million for multifamily, co-op, office, retail, hotel, mixed-use, industrial, healthcare, student housing, self-storage and construction properties. www.meridiancapital.com