Daily News: February 5, 2014

CIT Provides $26MM in Financing for PGA Plaza Shopping Center

CIT said that CIT Real Estate Finance provided a $26 million senior secured credit facility to redevelop the PGA Plaza Shopping Center, a joint venture headed by Menin Development, a privately held owner, developer and manager of commercial real estate in the Southeast U.S.

The financing will be used to make site improvements to the PGA Plaza Shopping Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, including renovating the exterior of the property. Financing was provided by CIT Bank. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Palm Beach Gardens is a thriving submarket of Palm Beach where we see potential for further opportunities,” said Meggan Walsh, managing director and deputy group head, CIT Real Estate Finance. “CIT’s ability to reach agreement quickly on a structure that fits the Sponsors’ needs was key to winning this transaction. We are pleased to put our knowledge to work for our real estate middle market clients and look forward to growing this relationship.”

Craig Menin, founder of Menin Development, said, “We believe PGA Plaza Shopping Center will stand out in this area due to the layout of the center and the upgrades it will receive from this redevelopment. As a neighborhood shopping center, PGA Plaza will boast superior tenancy, enhanced visibility from the street and easy accessibility for patrons. We are grateful to CIT’s Commercial Real Estate team for its depth of knowledge and their ability to complete this transaction in a timely and efficient manner.”