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$29M Construction Financing for Fort Lauderdale Dual-Branded Hilton Development

Mission Capital Advisors arranged $28.5 million in non-recourse financing for the construction of a 218-key, Hilton-franchised hospitality property in Fort Lauderdale’s trendy Flagler Village neighborhood. A joint venture of Fort Lauderdale-based Merrimac Ventures and Driftwood Acquisitions and Development secured the loan from Bank OZK.

The 19-story property at 315 Northwest 1st Ave. will feature two Hilton-branded offerings. The 106-key Home 2 Suites will be an all-suite facility, featuring an array of in-room and public amenities, including conference and workspace areas and in-room kitchens. The 112-key Tru by Hilton will be designed for young professionals and travelers, and will feature an amenity package that includes a fitness center, game room and lounge.

The two hotels will have separate lobbies, and will each have access to the building’s 102 parking spaces and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor pool deck and bar.

Mission Capital’s Jordan Ray, Stephen Emery, Ari Hirt, Jamie Matheny and Lexington Henn represented the JV.

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