Aareal moves to foreclose Meringoff’s Soho property

Lender sues over unpaid mortgages at 462 Broadway

Meringoff Faces Foreclosure at Soho Mixed-Use Property
Meringoff Properties founder Stephen Meringoff and 462 Broadway (Getty, Meringoff Properties)

Things are getting real at Meringoff Properties’ Soho property after lender Aareal Bank filed a foreclosure action claiming two unpaid mortgages. 

The German bank filed its case in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, Crain’s reported. The lender is looking to seize control of the 171,000-square-foot property at 462 Broadway, owned by an affiliate of Meringoff Properties.

Meringoff defaulted in May on a pair of mortgages with a principal balance of $149.3 million, the bank claims in the lawsuit.

Aareal made two loans to Meringoff in June 2016 for a combined $135 million, consolidated years later into a single mortgage with the same principal balance. Last May, Aareal loaned another $14.3 million to Meringoff, which had filed permit applications for the addition of a roof terrace.

A year later, Meringoff defaulted on both loans after failing to obtain insurance for the consolidated $135 million mortgage, according to the suit. Aareal claims Meringoff failed to make payments in the months leading up to the default.

Aareal wants the court to appoint a receiver to collect rents and profits before any auction of the property. It also wants the ability to bid on the building using its outstanding debt.

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An attorney representing Aareal and Meringoff both did not respond to Crain’s requests for comments. Meringoff also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Real Deal.

Meringoff acquired the office and retail property as part of a $3.7 million portfolio purchase in 1995, according to CoStar. Meringoff renovated the 19th century building in 2018 and has kept it occupied, boasting a 100 percent leasing rate as of Monday, according to CoStar. Software firms Centrical and Coro Cybersecurity are among the building’s tenants.

The building is the largest cast-iron structure in Soho, according to PBDW Architects.

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