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ACRE Closes $52M Refi of CEDARst Apartments

Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE) closed on a $51.5-million loan to support the refinancing and redevelopment of The Duncan, a multi-building luxury community in the West Loop.

Issued through ACRE’s debt fund ACRE Credit, the loan will help refinance the 260-unit property owned by Chicago-based developer, owner and operator CEDARst. The 2.5-year loan term ACRE provided includes two one-year extension options and carries a loan-to-value ratio of 75.8%.

“Despite the many challenges the industry faced this past year due to COVID-19, The Duncan’s strong performance and lease-up through the pandemic is a testament to CEADARst’s ability to deliver high-quality developments, and the resilience of the West Loop/Fulton submarket,” said ACRE’s head of origination, Daniel Jacobs.

Located at 1515 W. Monroe St., The Duncan consists of two multi-level buildings that were originally built in the 1900s. The repurposed buildings came on line in two phases, in July and October 2020.


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