2021 Lawyers in Real Estate Awards
Last year, the Connect CRE team followed up our well-received Next Generation Awards and Women in Real Estate Awards with the inaugural Lawyers in Real Estate Awards. For...
2021 Women in Real Estate
Announcing the 2021 Winners for the Connect CRE Women in Real Estate Awards.
From hundreds of submissions, we have highlighted women with achievements and...
2021 Next Generation Awards
Connect Commercial Real Estate is proud to present the winners of our 2021 Next Generation Awards. In one of the most challenging years on record for the industry,...
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Owner of Mag Mile Hotel Property Handing Keys to Lender
A venture of Cranston, RI-based real estate investor Procaccianti has an agreement to transfer the 345-key Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites to a trustee for its lender through a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, Crain’s Chicago Businessreported. The current loan balance is just under $70 million, according to Bloomberg data.
For Procaccianti, the pandemic hit less than seven months before its $77.2-million loan on the property was due to mature. The owners stopped making loan payments shortly after COVID brought things to a halt, Crain’s reported. Special servicer LNR Partners disclosed in July that it was working out a deed-in-lieu transaction with ownership.
The property is one of a handful of Chicago-area hotels linked to CMBX 9, a U.S. credit-derivatives index tied to groups of CMBS loans. Hedge funds and other short sellers last year started ramping up bets on CMBX 9 because of its outsized exposure to hotel debt.
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).