"Our team worked side by side with The Witkoff Group and its partners to provide a flexible financing solution that enabled them to quickly move forward with the transaction," said Marcos Alvarado, Senior Vice President at Starwood Capital Group. "Times Square is an iconic destination and we are excited to facilitate a transaction that will allow the redevelopment of a marquee property in the area."
With 145,000 square feet of additional air rights, the redevelopment includes plans for ideal showroom retail space that may be occupied by one or more retailers and a platform to be built on top of the retail component capable of supporting a 31 story hotel tower and a new 120 foot tall, 22,000 square foot LED sign, which will be two times the size of all comparable new signs in the area and will provide substantial income to the property.
Manhattan's Times Square submarket is recognized as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is home to some of the largest and most well-known global brands. A report issued by Cushman & Wakefield in late 2011 highlighted the Times Square bow tie region, running from West 42nd up to West 47th streets between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, as having the second highest asking rents in Manhattan, with an average asking rent of $2,100 per square foot.
About Starwood Property Trust, Inc.Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is focused on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities ("CMBS"), and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. also invests in residential mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS") and residential real estate owned, and may invest in non-performing loans, commercial properties subject to net leases and residential mortgage loans. The Company is externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, and has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.