The W Hotel
The Moinian Group is negotiating with lenders after defaulting on a collateralized $25 million mezzanine loan last October, backed by the W New York Downtown Hotel & Residences, The Real Deal has learned.
Fitch yesterday downgraded a $942 million collateralized debt obligation issued by Realty Finance, a Rocky Hill, Conn.-based lender. Two of the three largest loans in the pool were backed by the W New York and the Riverton, a 1,230-unit multi-family complex in Harlem.
Moinian, led by developer Joseph Moinian, defaulted on the loan amid budget problems and construction delays, according to Fitch. Fitch said it “modeled a full loss on this highly-leveraged mezzanine loan,” however the ratings agency told The Real Deal that Moinian is currently negotiating with CW Capital Asset Management, the special servicer on the loan.
Moinian confirmed through a spokesperson that he is in talks with CW Capital and said he is continuing to make interest payments.
“No action has been taken against them and they are continuing to work with the special servicer to arrange new terms,” the spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement…. [more]