Xinyuan closes on Hell’s Kitchen condo site for $57.5M

Chinese firm can build project of 105K sf
By Hiten Samtani | January 14, 2016 12:57PM

Xinyuan Real Estate has closed on the site of its first Manhattan condominium project in Hell’s Kitchen. The deal for 615 10th Avenue, which The Real Deal first reported in November, closed for $57.5 million, or just under $550 per buildable square foot.

The firm plans to build up to 90 condos at the site, composed of one-and-two-bedroom units, as well as about 20,000 square feet of retail space.

“Given the location of this project, we expect it will be appealing to both local and foreign buyers,” said Yong Zhang, chair of Xinyuan. “This deal gives XIN [the U.S. subsidiary of Xinyuan] the flexibility to consider additional projects in Manhattan and other locations.” The firm’s other New York City project is the Oosten, a condo development in Williamsburg where a penthouse sold for $6.5 million, a neighborhood record.

Prince Realty Advisors’ Alexandre Vial, who recently brokered Nathan Berman’s $200 million acquisition of the leasehold on 20 Broad Street, was the sole broker on the transaction.

“Both parties are publicly traded companies which plays directly to our skillset,” Vial said of Xinyuan and the seller, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

The firm also secured a $27 million bridge loan from Bank of the Ozarks. Eastern Consolidated’s Adam Hakim and Sam Zabala brokered the financing.