JLL Capital Markets announced that it has arranged $80 million in pre-stabilized permanent financing for Vermella at Garwood Station, a newly built, 296-unit, transit-oriented, luxury apartment building located in Garwood, New Jersey.
JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Russo Development, LLC (Russo) to secure a 10-year, fixed-rate, non-recourse loan through a national life insurance company at a low-two percent coupon, including a nine-month forward component.
Leasing is underway at Vermella at Garwood Station, which features apartments with chef-inspired gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, expansive windows, nine-foot ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers, gas ranges and private balconies or patios in select units. Residents also have access to 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a yoga studio, a resort-style swimming pool and sundeck and an exclusive landscaped courtyard with grilling stations, seating areas, outdoor billiards and a firepit. Approximately 19,500 square feet of street-level retail space will house a café, restaurant and other convenience operators.
Situated at the intersection of South Avenue and Center Street within the borough of Garwood, the property is adjacent to Garwood Station, a New Jersey transit railroad station providing access to New York Penn Station within 50 minutes. Additionally, the location offers easy access throughout New Jersey via Route 22 and the Garden State Parkway. The community offers residents access to the downtowns of Garwood, Westfield and Cranford, including the retail and dining options off North Avenue.
The JLL Capital Markets Debt Advisory team representing the borrower was led by Senior Managing Director Thomas R. Didio, Senior Director Thomas E. Didio, Jr. and Associate Gerard Quinn.
“JLL is pleased to work alongside Russo in securing pre-stabilized permanent financing that will allow the borrower to complete construction and lease-up of this beautifully designed, transit-oriented community,” Didio, Jr. said. “The life company market met this opportunity with tremendous interest, and we are thrilled for the Russo Development team.”
JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients—whether investment and sales advisory, debt advisory, equity advisory or a recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,000 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in nearly 50 countries.