Berkadia Arranges $100M Refinancing for Ernst & Young Office Building in Downtown Cleveland

by Taylor Williams

CLEVELAND — Berkadia has arranged a $100 million refinancing of the Ernst & Young Office Tower, a 23-story property in downtown Cleveland.The Class A building is located at 950 Main Ave. and totals 465,000 square feet.

Onsite amenities include garage parking, a dry cleaner, a fitness center and concierge services. According to LoopNet Inc., the property has a Walk Score of 85 (out of 100) due to its proximity to numerous downtown restaurants, a commuter rail and Cleveland’s waterfront district.

Ernst & Young, a London-based accounting firm, moved into the building upon its completion in 2013, occupying the top six floors. The building was 95 percent leased at the time of the loan closing to other tenants such as law firm Tucker Ellis and Wells Fargo, which houses its regional Cleveland office in the building. Ernst & Young Tower also adjoins a 150-room Starwood Aloft Hotel.

Mark Vogel and Eric Bevilacqua of Berkadia arranged the financing through J.P. Morgan with mezzanine debt from Axonic Capital LLC. The borrower was The Wolstein Group, an Ohio-based development and investment firm.The two-year permanent refinancing features an adjustable interest rate, three one-year extension options, an 80 percent loan-to-value ratio and interest-only payments.

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