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CPPIB provides $526m loan to US developer

The loan will help to finance a major mixed-use development project in Bellevue, Washington.

An affiliate of CPPIB Credit Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, has provided a $526 million construction-to-permanent loan for the 1.5 million square foot expansion of the Bellevue Collection known as Lincoln Square Expansion in Bellevue, Washington, PERE sister publication Real Estate Capital reported.

The financing includes an up to three-year, fixed-rate loan that converts to “four distinct long-term loans,” according to Cushman & Wakefield, which arranged the financing.

The single source of capital was attractive to the borrower, Kemper Development Company, removing syndication risk and providing a single point of contact for the financing of a 41-story multifamily/W Hotel tower, a 31-story trophy office tower, a three-level retail podium and a six-level underground parking garage.

“CPPIB Credit’s long-term view and flexible balance sheet were a perfect match to Kemper Development Company’s desire to not only manage interest rate risk, but also achieve portfolio-wide goals to stagger loan maturities and manage liquidity,” said Christa Chambers, CFO at Kemper Development Company.

The development is part of Kemper’s four million square foot Bellevue Collection, which includes the Bellevue Square regional shopping center; Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property featuring the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques; and Lincoln Square, anchored by Lincoln Square Cinemas, restaurants, home furnishings and The Westin Bellevue.

The center includes 250 shops, 30 restaurants, a 16-screen cinema, 1,100 hotel rooms and 10,000 free parking spaces. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.

A Cushman & Wakefield team of Dave Karson, Alex Hernandez and Chris Moyer represented the borrower.