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Greybrook, PMG, Mohari Hospitality, S2 Development and Hilton Secure $668M in Construction Financing for Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami

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June 14, 2024
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The financing for Miami’s first supertall tower marks the largest construction loan for a residential condominium development in Florida’s history.

Greybrook, along with partners PMG,  global investment company Mohari Hospitality, S2 Development, and global hospitality company Hilton (NYSE: HLT) proudly announce they have secured $668M in construction financing for Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami. This monumental milestone marks the largest construction loan secured for a residential condominium development in Florida’s history. As the first supertall tower to break ground in Miami, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami will rise as the tallest residential building south of New York City and signify iconic hospitality brand Waldorf Astoria’s entry in Miami.

Bank OZK and Related Fund Management provided the financing with the transaction brokered by Christopher Peck, Chris Drew, Brian Gaswirth, Jimmy Calvo and Mateo Bolivar of Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL). Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Saul Ewing LLP represented PMG and Greybrook. PMG Residential leads sales with Christian Tupper, Aura Aragon, Daiana Quiceno, Alejandra Castillo and Karine Carvalho as the exclusive team. The property is currently over 90 percent sold.

“This project’s success cannot be credited to one person or firm, as it was nothing short of a herculean effort by a collective of so many individuals to bring Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami to fruition,” said Ryan Shear, Managing Partner at PMG. “Both the magnitude of financing we’ve secured for this project and its incredible buyer response is testament to the quality of product and strength of Miami’s real estate market, which remains one of the strongest markets in the country. We look forward to completing a record-breaking mat foundation pour this week and moving forward in the vertical construction of this iconic addition to Miami’s skyline.”

“PMG’s ability to secure financing for a project as significant and iconic as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences in today’s atmosphere once again underscores the confidence the capital markets has in our platform at large,” said Dan Kaplan, Managing Partner at PMG. “Recurring collaborations with institutions such as Bank of the Ozarks and Related Fund Management proves PMG’s both consistent and successful track record over the past three decades. We are excited to commence vertical construction and deliver what will ultimately be the defining building in the Miami skyline.”

Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami will complete a record-breaking foundation pour this week led by the development’s general contractor John Moriarty & Associates alongside CAPFORM. Over the course of 36 uninterrupted hours, a continuous rotation of 1,400 trucks will deliver over 13,500 cubic yards of concrete to the development site. This pour commences vertical construction of the property which is slated for completion in Q2 2028.

“Reaching this important milestone is a testament to the effort and dedication put forward by our respective development organizations,” said Peter Politis, CEO, Greybrook Realty Partners. “This achievement underscores our commitment to delivering this landmark project and as the project advances into the vertical construction phase, we look forward to bringing this impressive structure to life.”

“We are delighted to finance another project for a quality sponsor like PMG. The premier nature of this mixed-use development, strong unit pre-sales, substantial equity investment, low leverage and sole senior secured position are all consistent with our lending strategy,” said Brannon Hamblen, Bank OZK President. “Miami continues to be an attractive market given its strong economic fundamentals, and is now the largest market for our Real Estate Specialties Group, surpassing New York, as of this year’s first quarter.”

Located at 300 Biscayne Boulevard, the architecturally awe-inspiring Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences Miami will feature nine spiraling, offset glass cubes designed to be evenly stacked and wrapped in what can be referred to as a “glass skin,” distinguishing the property’s architecture from anything else on the East Coast. With concept design led by Sieger Suarez Architects, in collaboration with renowned architect Carlos Ott, the 1,049 foot tower will consist of 387 private residences in addition to 205 guestrooms and suites within the luxury hotel, which will be in the first three cubes of the tower along with the hotel’s signature spaces and private amenities. The developers also partnered with award-winning interior design firm BAMO, which prides itself on creating captivating environments that flow, function and make people feel welcome, at ease and inspired to live and dream more fully.

Hotel guests and residents will have access to the Waldorf Astoria brand’s world-famous Peacock Alley; a specialty restaurant; indoor/outdoor pre-function and function event spaces; meetings and boardrooms; a resort-style pool deck with private cabanas; and a holistic wellness spa and fitness center. Private residential amenities will include an owners-only lobby and lounge; hospitality suite for chef’s tastings and intimate soirees; billiard room; kid’s club; and elevated pool deck. Each residence will include the latest smart-home technology with custom mobile app access to concierge services. The app will feature a full menu of available offerings, including dining reservations, 24/7 room service, spa, and fitness treatments, house car reservations, access to valet service, package delivery, and dog walking services. Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami will be managed by Hilton Management Services, providing residents and guests alike a truly refined haven through the brand’s relentless commitment to personalized service and best-in-class experiences.

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