RXR Realty lands huge refinancing for Starrett-Lehigh Building

Morgan Stanley, New York Community Bank provide $900M loan
September 17, 2018 10:00AM

RXR Realty’s Scott Rechler and the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street (Credit: Getty Images and Starrett-Lehigh)

RXR Realty refinanced the Starrett-Lehigh Building with a $900 million loan from Morgan Stanley and New York Community Bank.

The financing, which comes with a five-year term, closed on Thursday, Commercial Observer reported.

RXR will use the new debt to help reposition the 2.3 million-square-foot West Chelsea building, and pay down $525 million previous debt, also from Morgan Stanley and NYCB.

Scott Rechler’s RXR is redeveloping and leasing retail space on the building’s first floor — a project scheduled for completion in 2019. The landlord is also working on two new office leases at the property, which will bring occupancy to 90 percent up from 76 percent.

The new $900 million loan has a $150 million facility earn out, which gets triggered by one of the new tenants signing a lease.

RXR bought Starrett-Lehigh in 2011 for $920 million and pumped $50 million into the property to make improvements to the lobby, common areas and building systems. The landlord in 2015 sold a 49-percent stake in an office portfolio including the property to Blackstone Group. [CO] – Rich Bockmann