HFF Arranges $200 Million Financing for To-Be-Built 520 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

NEW YORK—Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced that it has arranged $200 million in pre-development financing for 520 Fifth Avenue, a to-be-built, mixed-use property in Manhattan.

HFF worked on behalf of the owner, a joint venture between Ceruzzi Holdings LLC (Ceruzzi) and SMI USA, to secure the floating-rate loan through Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies, L.P. (Mack).

HFF previously brokered the sale of the property to the partnership and secured acquisition financing on its behalf. The proceeds of this loan will be used to repay existing debt, conclude design and move forward with pre-development work.

Christopher Peck

Ceruzzi’s partner, Tom Tao of SMI USA, said, “Mack presented us with exceptional terms and an extremely attractive rate. Mack has performed incredibly well, and we closed the deal less than a month from when we agreed to terms.”

President and CEO of Ceruzzi Holdings LLC, Lou Ceruzzi, added, “This transaction was remarkably executed. The timeliness and diligent focus of all parties involved came together to solidify the deal, allowing us to refinance this excellent asset and move along the process on an expedited timeline.”

Situated at the southwest corner of 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue, the development will comprise approximately 425,000 square feet featuring more than 33,000 square feet of irreplaceable Fifth Avenue retail. The remaining square footage will feature luxury condominiums and a five-star luxury hotel. 520 Fifth Avenue is a 10,625-square-foot site with 85 feet of prime frontage along Fifth Avenue that will provide dramatic skyline views once complete. Ground breaking of the vertical development will begin in 2018.

HFF’s debt placement team was led by managing director Christopher Peck and senior managing director David Nackoul.

“We were privileged to advise best-in-class sponsors Ceruzzi and SMI USA on this transaction,” Peck said. “We look forward to watching the project enhance the Manhattan skyline and applaud Mack for fantastic execution.”

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