Daily News: September 18, 2014

CIT Provides $32MM Financing to Spirit Bascom Ventures


CIT Group announced that CIT Real Estate Finance provided a $32 million senior secured loan to Spirit Bascom Ventures, a joint venture between New York City–based Spirit Investment Partners and Irvine, CA–based The Bascom Group.

The financing will be used to acquire and renovate The Reserve at Heritage Oaks, a 444-unit garden apartment complex located in Tallahassee, Florida. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to build upon our existing relationship with Spirit Bascom Ventures in providing this financing that will allow them to acquire and renovate The Reserve at Heritage Oaks,” said Matt Galligan, president of CIT Real Estate Finance. “We were able to utilize our local real estate industry expertise to structure a transaction that will create much-needed Class A housing for the growing Tallahassee market. We look forward to building our relationship with Spirit Bascom Ventures as they continue to build their portfolio of properties throughout the United States.”

David Nachman, principal of Spirit Investment Partners, said “This property is a great addition to our growing portfolio of multifamily assets. We look forward to transforming this property into a Class A apartment community, which will benefit by being centrally located in Florida’s capital city, home to thousands of municipal, state and federal jobs and several universities. We chose to work with CIT again because we knew that Matt and his team would execute this deal expeditiously and flawlessly and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

In 2013, CIT Real Estate Finance provided a $33.3 million senior secured loan to Spirit Bascom Ventures to acquire “Jefferson at 5577 Water”—two five-story buildings containing 136 multi-family units above more than 28,000 square feet of office space in South Norwalk, Connecticut.