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CIT Arranges Acquisition Loan for Newark’s Ballantine Industrial

CIT Group’s real estate finance division served as the sole lead arranger of a $48.7-million senior secured loan for the acquisition and lease-up of the Ballantine Industrial Center in Newark, NJ.

Formerly the site of the Ballantine brewery, the 1.1-million-square-foot property is being acquired through a joint venture between Turnbridge Equities and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

The Ballantine Industrial Center is comprised of six industrial/warehouse buildings, and is in proximity to Newark’s shopping, dining and recreational centers. The site, which sits in an Opportunity Zone, also offers ready access to industrial warehouse and manufacturing loft space.

“Ongoing economic growth and the redevelopment of Newark’s Ironbound district is empowering the industrial sector in the region,” said CIT’s Chris Niederpruem. “This transaction demonstrates our ability to leverage our expertise in structuring a financing package that best suits the buyers’ interest in the property.”

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