Meadow Partners buys two East Village rental buildings

Firm paid $58M for adjacent properties

Meadow Partners' Jeffrey Kaplan and 305 East 11th Street/310 East 12th Street (Meadow Partners, Getty, Google Maps)
Meadow Partners' Jeffrey Kaplan and 305 East 11th Street/310 East 12th Street (Meadow Partners, Getty, Google Maps)

Meadow Partners has picked up a pair of East Village rental buildings, the latest in a series of its multifamily moves.

The firm purchased the adjacent buildings at 305 East 11th Street and 310 East 12th Street for $58 million, Crain’s reported. The seller was the Chissick family, which owned the buildings since at least 1968.

Cerebrus Capital provided acquisition financing for the off-market deal.

The two buildings comprise 89 units, about a third of which are rent-stabilized — more than the 15 to 20 percent rent-stabilized share the firm often pursues in its multifamily deals. Meadow Partners’ Jeffrey Kaplan told Crain’s the market-rate units are renting below market value, but high rents and demand in the city should mean room for growth.

Meridian Capital Group’s David Schechtman and Abie Kassin represented the seller in the deal. Cushman and Wakefield’s Adam Spies and Adam Doneger represented the buyer.

Meadow has several other rental properties in the East Village. In total, the firm owns 430 units in the neighborhood.

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This is the latest multifamily deal for Meadow, which laid down $58 million in December for properties across two boroughs. The firm partnered with Davean Holdings to buy 12 free-market buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, all in separate, all-cash deals. The firms secured $50.5 million in cross-collateralized financing from Fortress Investment Group.

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