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Greystone Closes $65 Million Freddie Mac Loan for The Lions Group’s Newly-Built Multifamily Project in Long Island City, Queens

/EIN News/ -- NEW YORK, May 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greystone, a leading commercial real estate lending, investment, and advisory firm, today announced it has provided a $65,000,000 Freddie Mac loan to an affiliate of The Lions Group to refinance One LIC, a brand new 20-story, 110-unit (70% market-rate / 30% moderate income) multifamily rental apartment located at 42-10 27th Street in Long Island City, NY.  The new 16-year fixed-rate permanent financing through Freddie Mac’s “Lease-Up” program refinanced a Bank Leumi construction loan.  Notably, this was one of the last “pre-stabilized” permanent loans to receive Freddie Mac credit approval since the program was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drew Fletcher, Bryan Grover and Matthew Klauer of Greystone Capital Advisors originated the financing.

One LIC is a 110-unit, Class-A apartment building completed in 2019.  The project also includes three retail spaces (Starbucks, CityMD, and Yoyoso), on-site parking and 4 floors of amenity space comprising a fitness center, children’s playroom, rooftop terrace, and lounge. One LIC is adjacent to the Queensboro subway station, serviced by the 7, E, M, and G subway lines, which provide access to Grand Central and Bryant Park in 10-15 minutes and Hudson Yards in 20 minutes.

“Closing a loan in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic posed several unique challenges ranging from non-traditional property inspection and title search to the temporary closure of the retail tenants and inability to show apartments.  Despite these challenges, however, we were still able to deliver a tremendous execution for our client,” said Drew Fletcher, President of Greystone Capital Advisors.

“We are thrilled to have closed on this deal. The circumstances of the world changed dramatically throughout the process, but Greystone remained diligent and never wavered. Looking forward to more business in the future,” said Aaron Shirian.

About Greystone
Greystone is a real estate lending, investment and advisory company with an established reputation as a leader in multifamily and healthcare finance. Its range of services includes commercial lending across a variety of platforms such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, CMBS, FHA, USDA, bridge, EB-5 and other proprietary loan products. Loans are offered through Greystone Servicing Company LLC Greystone Funding Company LLC, and/or other Greystone affiliates. Greystone Capital Advisors is a full-service real estate capital intermediary and advisory team that services a select group of the most prominent real estate owners and developers in New York City and across the U.S. 

About Lions Group
Founded in 1984 by brothers Albert and Ramin Shirian, Lions Group is a private, family-owned and managed real estate company that focuses on acquisition, development, construction and management of residential, commercial and retail properties and currently owns and operates over 1,500,000 square feet of luxury condominium, multifamily rental, and commercial spaces throughout the New York City Metropolitan area. The firm is committed to every project by insuring results in design, construction, and maximum profitability. The consistent and careful planning by a team of dedicated professionals has established Lions Group as a preeminent developer with a long track record of great success. Today, the company is run in concert with the second generation of Shirians: Aaron, Allen and Jake.

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