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Life Sciences Hub on Upper West Side Scores $393M Financing

JLL Capital Markets arranged a $393-million construction financing for the redevelopment of 125 West End Ave. into a world-class life sciences facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The project involves the conversion of an existing 399,309-square-foot office building.

A JLL team led by Evan Pariser and Geoff Goldstein worked on behalf of the borrower, a partnership controlled by Taconic Partners and Nuveen Real Estate, to secure a four-year, floating-rate senior loan through funds managed by Apollo Global Management and a mezzanine loan through Oaktree Capital Finance. The same JLL team arranged $181 million in acquisition and bridge financing for 125 West End and the surrounding campus in fall 2019.

“The transformation of 125 West End Ave. into a state-of-the-art life science hub and our financing of this project is a testament to the resilience of New York City and the promise of this emergent sector,” said Taconic president Chris Balestra.


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