Thor Equities Loses Row NYC Lodge Retail to Foreclosures

Thor Equities’ Joe Sitt and the retail rental at the foundation of 700 8th Avenue (Thor Equities, Google Maps)

In the hottest indicator of how significantly retail values have fallen, Joe Sitt’s Thor Equities shed a commercial apartment at the foundation of Midtown’s Row NYC Resort, which was valued at a significant writedown.

Thor misplaced the roughly 27,000-square-foot property at 700 Eighth Avenue by means of foreclosure to a debt fund controlled by Albert Behler’s Paramount Team, which experienced lent $80 million towards the house, a supply common with the transaction advised The Authentic Deal.

The retail condo was valued at a minimal additional than $45 million, home records filed with the metropolis Wednesday exhibit.

Which is a markdown of almost 30 percent from the $64 million Sitt shelled out for the house in 2014. And it is fewer than 50 % of the approximately $100 million Thor was inquiring for the rental when it set it up for sale a calendar year later.

Reps for Thor and Paramount did not promptly reply to requests for remark.

Thor purchased the retail at the base of the Row (then acknowledged as Milford Plaza) 8 years in the past from Highgate Accommodations and Rockpoint Team, which experienced just completed a two-calendar year, $140 million renovation of just one of the city’s largest hotels.

It was a diverse time for the city’s retail marketplace: Tenants have been signing leases at charges that appeared like they would hardly ever prevent climbing, and investors ended up composing similarly eye-popping checks to get in on the motion.

Just 13 months right after shopping for the assets, Sitt place it up for sale, inquiring north of 50 p.c much more than what he had paid out the year before. His important tenant was the Metropolis Kitchen area meals court, which positioned alone to draw in hungry visitors and commuters shuffling around the Theater District and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

But retail rents had actually peaked in 2014, and the industry slipped into a deep correction that was compounded by a broader shift towards e-commerce.

The fallout from the industry drop is getting felt now, as key attributes are buying and selling at massive bargains to preceding rates. Brookfield Home Partners previous calendar year sold its retail rental at 530 Fifth Avenue to a partnership among Aurora Cash Associates and hedge funder Edmond M. Safra for $192 million — roughly a quarter a lot less than the $250 million it paid in 2014.

Also last calendar year, Vornado Realty Belief sold off a team of 5 struggling retail homes for about $185 million, approximately 50 % what it compensated to receive the attributes between 2004 and 2006.