Firm Capital partners with Rhodium on $37M Upper Manhattan portfolio buy

Two companies acquired 127 units across 8 buildings in Central Harlem

TRD New York /
Dec.December 22, 2016 06:20 PM

From left: 158-130 West 159th Street and Eli Dadouch

UPDATED, 11:00 a.m., Dec. 23: The Firm Capital Organization, a private equity shop based in Toronto, joined with Rhodium Capital Advisors to buy a Central Harlem multifamily portfolio for $37 million, or nearly $400 per square foot.

The eight-building portfolio comprises 127 apartments and two retail units across 94,572 square feet.

The buildings are located at 200-222 West 149th Street, 2546-2548 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Blvd., 528 West 159th Street, 530 West 159th Street, 532 West 159th Street, 534 West 159th Street, 536 West 159th Street, and 538 West 159th Street.

The deal is Firm Capital’s first major investment in the U.S. as part of its strategy to purchase “undervalued” multi-residential properties in emerging neighborhoods within major markets, said Michael Weitzner, a managing director at the firm, noting that the company plans to make improvements to the properties. About half of the 127 residential units are rent-regulated.

The seller was an entity affiliated with Haim Nortman of Cascade Ventures, according to public records. Cascade could not be reached for comment. Arbor Realty Trust provided the partnership with an acquisition loan.

GFI Realty’s Roni Abudi, Daniel Shragaei and Ohad Babo represented the seller, while FA Realty Services represented the buyer. Eastern Union’s Jeffrey Seidenfeld brokered the debt deal, while his colleague Marc Belsky served as an equity advisor.

Rhodium has been an active purchaser of multifamily product in Upper Manhattan. Earlier this year, the firm bought a 13-building portfolio for $98 million, or $394 per square foot, from Tibeir GSA & Investment Trust, an Israel-based investment fund. It also scooped up a portfolio of six Upper Manhattan buildings for $34.1 million in late 2015.

Additions: This story was updated to include the brokers on the deal


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Clockwise from top left: 162 West 13th Street, 325 Avenue Y in Brooklyn, 1281 Viele Avenue in the Bronx (Credit: Google Maps)

Here’s what the $10M-$30M NYC investment sales market looked like last week

Real Capital Analytics data showed that New York’s multifamily market had a very slow July. (Credit: iStock)

New NYC rent law “beginning to shut down investment”

Numbers were down across the board (Credit: iStock)

New York’s multifamily market had its slowest first half of the year since 2011

Alex Rodriguez

Watch: A-Rod on the benefits and pitfalls of being a celebrity investor

Alex Rodriguez

Watch: A-Rod on the benefits and pitfalls of being a celebrity investor

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Rent reform is propelling a new wave of New York and California investors to Miami (Credit: iStock)

Rent reform in New York, California propels new wave of multifamily investors to Miami

From left: 465 East 167th Street and 1178 Washington Avenue (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

With new rent law, Brooklyn landlord sues to escape contract for rent-stabilized buildings

arrow_forward_ios