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Developer secures $15 million loan for Somerville rental project, Meridian says

Posted On 5/16/2018

A rendering of The Davenport at 21 Davenport St. in Somerville — Courtesy: Meridian Capital Group

 

By Joshua Burd

Meridian Capital Group has brokered $15 million in financing for the development of a new 60-unit luxury rental property in downtown Somerville.

Working on behalf of the developer, Robert Weiss of Weiss Properties, Meridian sourced the construction loan through a regional balance sheet lender. The funds will support the midrise property known as The Davenport, located at 21 Davenport St., which includes four stories of apartments atop a 68-story parking garage.

Meridian Managing Director Shaya Ackerman and Senior Vice President Shaya Sonnenschein negotiated the financing for the transaction, according to a news release. The 30-month construction loan features a prime-based floating rate.

The same Meridian team, which is based in the firm’s New York City headquarters, also recently arranged $46 million in construction and permanent financing for The Avery, a 450-unit apartment community in Willingboro developed by Weiss Properties.

“Shaya Ackerman and Shaya Sonnenschein are both professional and have a tremendous grasp of the financial market,” said Weiss, president of the New Brunswick-based firm. “I am glad we were able to continue our relationship with the financing of The Davenport.”

In Somerville, Meridian touted the borough’s direct access to major highways, nearby rail service and a busy collection of downtown shops and restaurants. Plans for The Davenport call for a recreational area, fitness center, storage lockers and a common-area lounge.