Bruman Realty lands $66M construction loan for Astoria apartment building

18-story structure will include 165 units, 30% of which will be affordable

Martin Nussbaum, Co-Founder and Principal of Slate Property Group and a rendering of 26-25 Fourth Street (Slate, Rendering via  J Frankl Associates)
Martin Nussbaum, Co-Founder and Principal of Slate Property Group and a rendering of 26-25 Fourth Street (Slate, Rendering via  J Frankl Associates)

Bruman Realty is moving forward with its planned 18-story multifamily building in Astoria.

Scale Lending, the financing arm of Slate Property Group, provided the Brooklyn-based developer with a $65.9 million construction loan, the lender told The Real Deal. SHB Group arranged the financing.

Bruman’s plans to build a 290,000-square-foot building on the site at 26-25 Fourth Street received approval from the city in June. The 204-foot-tall structure will feature 165 residential units, of which 30 percent will be set aside as affordable, along with about 38,000 square feet of community space, according to the permit application. Bruman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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In November, Bruman Realty, led by Joseph Brunner and Abe Mandel, acquired the roughly one-acre lot from nonprofit Goodwill Industries for $14.4 million, according to property records.

A few months before closing the deal, the firm made a major splash by agreeing to sell its 14-building multifamily portfolio in Brooklyn to private equity giant KKR and Dalan Management for $860 million.

Bruman isn’t the only multifamily developer betting on the Astoria waterfront. A three-building, 534-unit mixed-income complex at 30-77 Vernon Boulevard, co-developed by Cape Advisors and Pioneer Group, topped out in April, Yimby reported.

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