Almost two years after entering contract to acquire 1440 Broadway, New York REIT closed on $325 million in financing for the Midtown office building.
The real estate investment trust bought the 25-story, 756,000-square-foot property, located near Times Square, from the Rockpoint Group and Monday Properties for $528.7 million in 2013, as The Real Deal reported.
The REIT was among the AR Capital assets acquired in August by investment firm Apollo Global Management, which recently announced a series of moves at New York REIT including shuffling the board of directors and tapping Eastdil Secured to advise on “potential strategic transactions” that may include a sale of the company.
New York REIT has faced mounting shareholder criticism of the company’s direction since two separate shareholders sent open letters to management in June. The Michael Happel-led REIT responded by announcing a $150 million share buyback plan and the marketing of “non-core” assets.
But another open letter by investor Jonathan Litt last week expressed more concerns, leading Apollo to appoint its co-founder Marc Rowan to the New York REIT board and start a search for an additional two independent directors. — Rey Mashayekhi