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River City Condo Deconversion Lands $94M First Mortgage

Maverick Commercial Mortgage has closed on a $93.8-million first mortgage loan for River City, a 447-unit condominium building in the South Loop. The new ownership, including Elliott, the Wolcott Group, Ruttenberg-Gordon Investments and Marc Realty Residential, will deconvert the property into rental apartments.

The non-recourse, interest-only loan was funded by Silverpeak Argentic, a national bridge and CMBS lender. The loan has an initial 36-month term, with two 12-month extension options.

The loan funded 70.5% of project costs that included acquisition of River City, an interest reserve, closings costs and future capital draws to fund the borrowers’ renovation plans.

The new owners, who closed in December after nearly three years’ work on the deal, have begun renovations, which will extend to all residential units and include face-lifts to the common areas, lobbies and amenity areas. River City’s deconversion marks the largest of its kind to date in the Chicagoland area.

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