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JV Secures $325M in Financing to Revive Potala Tower Hotel, Apartment Project in Seattle

The tower will feature 339 apartment units, 142 hotel rooms and 1,824 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

SEATTLE — A joint venture between the Molasky Group and China-based Binjiang Group has secured $325 million in financing to build a 41-story mixed-use multifamily and hotel tower in the Belltown submarket of Seattle. Financing includes a $225 million joint venture partnership, as well as a $100 million construction-to-permanent loan.

The project has not been named yet, but will be built on the site of the old Potala Tower. That project was put under the control of a court-appointed receiver, which suspended construction for about one year. The joint venture development partnership, arranged by Newmark, acquired the property from the court-appointed receiver in October 2016.

Construction has resumed at the project. PCL will serve as the general contractor and Weber Thompson will act as the architect. The tower will feature 339 apartment units, 142 hotel rooms and 1,824 square feet of ground-floor retail space. It is scheduled for completion in August 2018.

The $100 million construction-to-permanent loan was placed with two of Newmark’s correspondent life insurance company lenders, Guardian Life and Voya Investment, with each lender providing $50 million. The seven-year, construction-to-permanent loans will feature interest-only payments for a period of time, and later amortized over 30 years. Newmark will service the loans, with George Mitsanas, Peter Hillakas and Doug Tisdale leading the team.

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