Swig Co., Himmel + Meringoff secure $200M to refi 8 Times Sq.

Partners received the 10-year, fixed-rate loan from Citigroup

TRD New York /
Oct.October 25, 2016 02:00 PM

UPDATED, 5:50 p.m., Oct. 25: The Swig Company and Himmel + Meringoff Properties landed a $200 million loan from Citigroup to refinance their office-and-retail building at 8 Times Square, Formerly Known As 1460 Broadway.

Citigroup provided a 10-year, fixed-rate loan, the landlords announced Tuesday.

Swig brought Himmel + Meringoff on as a partner in the 215,000-square-foot building in 2014. The firms then jointly bought out Blackstone Group’s 49 percent interest.

In March 2015, the building’s only office tenant, law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom TRData LogoTINY, vacated the building. The day Skadden Arps moved out, co-working giant WeWork signed a 19-year lease to take up 180,000 square feet, which comprises building’s full office component. Asking rents in the building at that time ranged from high-$50s to mid-$60s per square foot.

Foot Locker leased 36,000 square feet a month later, making it the sole tenant of the three floors of retail space.

A representative for Himmel + Meringoff said the building is undergoing a $60 million renovation that is slated for completion in December.

The Swig Company, a San Francisco-based real estate investment firm, also owns 1411 Broadway with Montreal-based pension manager Ivanhoe Cambridge.

Representatives from Citigroup could not be immediately reached for comment.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the building’s $25 million renovation. It is a $60 million renovation.


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