Berkadia Division to Secure Financing for Mixed-Use Project in Downtown San Diego

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A joint venture led by Manchester Financial Group has engaged Berkadia Hotels and Hospitality to source a $650 million construction loan on the Manchester Pacific Gateway development.

The project is situated on San Diego’s waterfront and is the largest undeveloped urban waterfront site on California’s coast. The $1.3 billion project will include 2,823,188 million square feet of hotel, office and retail space in San Diego’s thriving downtown business district.

Berkadia’s Hotels and Hospitality group has been tasked with sourcing a 50 percent LTC non-recourse construction loan that will close by year end 2017. Berkadia Senior Managing Director Andrew Coleman and Managing Director Jackson Cloak will lead the team’s efforts.

Manchester Financial Group has extensive experience in developing convention center hotels and other commercial real estate, having developed more than $2 billion in assets in 11 states, including the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the 1,360-room San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, and the 249-room The Grand Del Mar—California’s only Forbes Triple Five Star resort. The company is currently in construction on the 1,066-room Fairmont convention hotel in Austin, Texas.

The property will include 1,205,490 square feet of office space, 391,231 square feet of retail space, 2,437 parking spaces, a 260-room boutique hotel, and will be anchored by an 1,100-room Four Seasons hotel.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation, Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

© 2017 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.