Lendlease, L+M secure Daiwa House as equity partner for 100 Claremont

August 18, 2020 - New York City
Rendering, 100 Claremont Avenue - Manhattan, NY
Image courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Manhattan, NY Lendlease and L+M have brought on a new joint venture partner, Daiwa House Texas Inc., to create a new mixed-use development at 100 Claremont Avenue. The project, designed by New York architecture firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is a 354,000 s/f mixed-use building including residential and academic components, immersed in the cultural and academic neighborhood of Morningside Heights. Its estimated completion date is Spring 2023.

Daiwa House is providing Lendlease and L+M, the two development partners, with equity investment for the project. Daiwa House Texas Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

“With the addition of Daiwa House we have solidified a world-class partnership for the development of 100 Claremont Ave., which will allow us to deliver much needed new classroom facilities and high-quality housing for the academic community and neighborhood of Morningside Heights,” said Melissa Román Burch, executive general manager at Lendlease. “We’re proud to combine Lendlease and L+M Development Partners’ extensive New York City and U.S. expertise with Daiwa House’s added global perspective to bring this important project to life.”

“We are proud to be partnering with Lendlease and L+M on this important mixed-use project,” said Greg Taketa, executive vice president at Daiwa House Texas Inc. “This development partnership has been years in the making and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition with the recent closing of construction financing and continuation of construction of 100 Claremont Ave.”

The JV Partnership secured a $250 million construction loan in June from global financial services firm Barings. Barings is an international investment management firm owned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

When fully constructed, 100 Claremont will integrate with the broader campus and surrounding neighborhood and will provide 54,000 s/f of modern classrooms, academic offices and faculty-designated apartments. The remainder of the building comprises 165 condominium residences with a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. The new building will meet the U.S. Green Building Council standards for LEED Gold Certification, and V2 of the WELL Building Standard.

The JV partnership has pledged $5 million toward the community to protect and support its neighbors. $1.1 million over the course of five years will go to community groups based in Morningside Heights, including a newly created fund by the Morningside Height Community Coalition at the New York Community Trust called the Morningside Heights Community Fund, and to P.A.’L.A.N.T.E, a group that fights homelessness and the displacement of vulnerable tenants. The remaining $3.9 million pledged will be released at the completion of the project and will enable social justice programming to develop the next generation of community leaders.

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