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DTLA’s Historic Herald Examiner Building Snags $56M for Redevelopment

New York-based The Georgetown Company secured $56.4 million in bridge financing for the redevelopment and renovation of the Herald Examiner Building, a roughly 100,000-square-foot historic building in DTLA. Loan proceeds will be used to fund the renovation and restoration of this iconic property to its former grandeur, which includes redeveloping the existing structure into creative office, retail and restaurant space, while maintaining the building’s historic features.

HFF’s Todd Sugimoto, Jeff Sause and Spencer Richley worked on behalf of the developer to arrange a bridge loan from J.P. Morgan.

Arizona State University is set to open a Downtown Los Angeles campus in the building, while celebrated restaurateurs Walter and Margarita Manzke of République will unveil a new ground-floor restaurant.

Originally completed in 1914, the Herald Examiner building at 1111 South Broadway was designed by Julia Morgan, California’s first registered female architect, for William Randolph Hearst to serve as the headquarters for the Los Angeles Examiner.

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