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Related makes biggest Bronx portfolio deal of the year 

Firm acquires 737-unit package in partnership with NYC pension funds for $113M
By Mark Maurer | Twitter_logo_blue copy December 24, 2015 03:46PM

Related Cos., in partnership with New York City pension funds, is ramping up its multifamily moves, with the $112.5 million purchase of a 20-building Bronx portfolio – the largest package to change hands in the borough this year, sources told The Real Deal.

The portfolio contains 737 apartments spread throughout the North, West and South Bronx. In a statement, a spokesperson for Related confirmed the portfolio buy and said the firm’s Related Fund Management arm and the pension funds plan to preserve the units in a long-term hold as workforce housing.

The buildings are largely low-rise walkups with rent-stabilized units. They are in a mix of working-class and middle-class neighborhoods such as Soundview, Wakefield, High Bridge and Fordham.

A group of private Brooklyn Heights-based investors known as Eastern Capital Partners acquired the properties in several transactions over the past five years, records show.

Addresses include 4002-4004 Carpenter Avenue, 1085-1095 Colgate Avenue, 2608 Creston Avenue and 1065 Jerome Avenue, among others.

Rosewood Realty Group’s Aaron Jungreis and Besen & Associates’ Amit Doshi and Ron Cohen each brokered portions of the deal. Jungreis, Doshi and Cohen declined to comment.

Last year, Related and the city pension funds to acquire 35 rental buildings from Stanley Wasserman’s SW Management for $270 million. Over the summer, the development giant behind the Hudson Yards megaproject scooped up a 10-building, Brooklyn-and-Queens package from Silvershore Properties and three formerly distressed buildings in Marine Park.

The Bronx is undergoing something of a residential renaissance, with more than 11.5 million square feet of residential real estate under development borough-wide, according to a TRD analysis in September.

Two of the other large Bronx portfolios of the year include A&E Real Estate’s purchase of a 441-unit complex in Riverdale for $89 million and an Asden Properties-led group’s acquisition of 612 apartments for $90 million.