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Northwestern Mutual, Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, TIAA-CREF Provide $850 Million In Financing For Tysons Corner Center

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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual, Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, and TIAA-CREF announced today that each provided $283.3 million for a total of $850 million in financing for Tysons Corner Center. The 1.9 million square-foot super regional mall in Tysons Corner, VA is considered one of the most successful malls in the United States.


"We are thrilled to have made a mortgage loan investment in Tysons Corner Center given the quality of the asset and strong sponsorship. The Macerich Company has once again demonstrated an ability to take a great asset and position it for future sales growth and value creation," said Tom Zale, a managing director with Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, LLC. "This type of transaction enhances our dividend-paying capacity for policyowners while supporting economic growth in the communities in which we do business."

" Tysons Corner is one of the most successful regional malls in the country. Its location in a dense and affluent suburb of metropolitan Washington, D.C., combined with a pending addition of more than 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use development, which, though not covered by the loan, made this an extremely attractive transaction for us," said Elizabeth Velazquez, a director with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company's San Francisco office who led the transaction. "We are also proud to continue our longstanding relationship with The Macerich Company, whose experience as a mall operator also contributed to our decision."

"We believe opportunities to work with experienced property owners on high-quality properties in key geographies, like Tysons Corner, are attractive for our investors over the long term," said Rick Coppola, a managing director of Commercial Mortgage Investments with TIAA-CREF. "This financing supports both our diversified real estate portfolio and the future success of Tysons Corner."

Scott Kingsmore, senior vice president of finance for The Macerich Company, said, "This was a large, fast-moving, highly complex and heavily negotiated financing with three co-lenders who delivered the closing in less than 30 days, and with whom Macerich has longstanding relationships."

The 10.3-year loan with a 4.10 percent interest rate refinances Tysons Corner Center, located at the heavily traveled intersection of Chain Bridge Route 123 and the Capital Beltway/I-495. Not included in the collateral, but key to the property's investment appeal, a 22-story class-A office tower, a 429-unit, 30-story apartment tower and a 17-story hotel are currently being developed on the property that will each be connected by a 55,000 square-foot pedestrian plaza, which will also link to a newly constructed mall entrance and a newly developed Metrorail station and bus station that is expected to deliver more than 5,000 passengers per day to Tysons Corner Center.

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