Cheskie Weisz lands $78M construction loan for Williamsburg development

Austin-based hedge fund and online-only bank provide financing for 187 Kent

Rendering of 187 Kent Avenue
Rendering of 187 Kent Avenue

Cheskie Weisz’s CW Realty Management locked in a $78 million construction loan for the firm’s 140,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg.

Prophet Capital Asset Management, an Austin, Texas-based hedge fund, and online-lender Bank of Internet USA provided the financing for the project at 187 Kent Avenue, a spokesperson for CW Realty told The Real Deal.

CW Realty bought the site, which fronts the full block along Kent Avenue between North 3rd Street and Metropolitan Avenue, for $42.5 million in 2016. The company is developing a seven-story building with 96 rentals and 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground and basement floors. Construction is currently underway and the project is slated for completion in 2019.

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The site sits across the street from where Isaac Hager’s Cornell Realty Management and Asher Abehsera’s LIVWRK are planning a 110,000-square-foot office-and-retail project anchored by a Trader Joe’s supermarket. Farther south along Kent Avenue, Two Trees Management is redeveloping the former Domino Sugar Factory.

CW Realty owns a portfolio of 90 residential and mixed-use properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, according to the firm’s spokesperson.

Elsewhere in Williamsburg, the CW Realty is redeveloping the site at 119-123 Kent Avenue, which it bought in 2016 for $15.8 million. Weisz’s firm also owns the 19-unit rental building at 292 Bedford Avenue and last year bought the 60,000-square-foot commercial property at 61 North 11th Avenue next to the Wythe Hotel, which it plans to convert into retail and office space.