Barclays Provides $430M in Debt Financing on Park Avenue South Building



225-233 Park Ave. South. Photo Credit: Neoscape 225-233 Park Ave. South recently underwent a $135-million capital improvement program. Photo Credit: Neoscape

NEW YORK CITY—Orda Management Corp. has closed on $430 million in debt financing provided by Barclays on its recently repositioned 225-233 Park Ave. South office building here.

The deal, arranged by NKF Capital Markets, is structured as a 10-year fixed rate interest-only loan that replaces a $217-million loan from New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. According to NKF Capital, the financing allowed the building owner to recapture equity spent on a $135-million capital improvement program at the complex that was undertaken over the last 18 months.

Jordan Roeschlaub led the NKF Capital Markets team that brokered and structured the financing of the property. The NKF Capital Markets team that worked on the financing deal also included Steven Sperandio and Daniel Fromm.

“This Class-A property’s premier location on Park Avenue South, coupled with the extensive capital improvements and top-tier tenancy, allowed Orda to take full advantage of the debt markets,” Roeschlaub says.

The 675,000-square-foot, Class-A property that features two contiguous buildings is home to such tenants as Facebook, BuzzFeed, T. Rowe Price and STV Engineering. The property, built in 1909, is nearly 100% leased with the only vacancy being a new 580-square-foot space on Park Avenue South that connects to 8,000 square feet in the windowed lower level.

“I’ve spent the better part of three decades redeveloping and repositioning our two office buildings, and each transition has been remarkable; this one is the pinnacle. We are thrilled at what we’ve accomplished with the asset’s repositioning and ultimately its refinancing, and are extremely proud of our 225 team and our tenants,” says Orda Manaement chairman Morton F. Silver.

In response to the terrorist attacks on 9-11, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey immediately needed a new space and a space was fitted out for the Port Authority at the top of 225-233 Park Ave. South. When the agency committed to moving to 4 World Trade Center in 2015, its relocation opened the door for a complete repositioning of the asset. The buildings now feature three stylized lobbies; a 13th-floor rooftop garden and adjacent glass pavilion; a 14th-floor garden terrace; a 19th-floor, 4,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed courtyard; new mechanical systems; new elevators; and a large loading dock.

225 Park Ave. South was acquired by the 225 Fourth Co. in 1954. The company was organized by Orda Management Corp., which has managed the property since then.

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