23 AUGUST 2022

Grosvenor refinances 1500 K Street office building with $82.1M mortgage provided by Helaba

Grosvenor, a privately owned international real estate company, has refinanced 1500 K Street, NW in Washington, D.C. with an $82.1M first mortgage provided by Helaba. The financing transaction follows the completion of Grosvenor’s successful $20M renovation focused on sustainability and tenant comfort, designed to bring modern features and amenities to the historic building.

“We’re extremely pleased to close the refinancing of 1500 K Street as our first loan with Helaba. The deal underscores the enduring appeal of high-quality well located office buildings,” said Graham Drexel, Chief Financial Officer of Grosvenor’s North American urban property business. “We executed a thoughtful improvement plan for the property, which added significant value in a competitive market for Class A space by positioning us to benefit from local office absorption trends. We look forward to continuing our successful operations at 1500 K.”

“We are very pleased with Grosvenor's confidence in us as a financing partner,” said Rick Lavrich, Head of Real Estate Finance US at Helaba. “This great transaction of 1500 K marks an impressive start to what is sure to be a long customer relationship: relationship banking is what sets us apart as Helaba and we look forward to many more deals with Grosvenor in our target markets in the US and around the world.”

Constructed in 1928, 1500 K Street, NW is a 262,190 square foot office and retail property overlooking McPherson Square, at the confluence of downtown Washington, D.C.’s CBD and East End submarkets. Located just two blocks north of The White House, and less than one block from the McPherson Square Metrorail Station (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines), the property offers an outstanding and highly walkable location. 1500 K Street boasts a Walk Score of 98 and is readily accessible from popular residential neighborhoods of Northwest D.C., Dupont Circle, and 14th Street.

Grosvenor’s comprehensive refurbishment and modernization program focused on sustainability, wellness, and amenities, to maintain its position as a top choice for discerning tenants seeking first-class office space. Combining a timeless design with cutting edge technology, the restoration included a lobby transformation infusing the space with light and air, a new fitness center and tenant lounge, the installation of a state-of-the-art HVAC system with MERV 13 plus filters for maximum tenant comfort and lower energy consumption, and a brand-new roof and rooftop lounge. The property achieved LEED Gold, Energy Star, Wired Gold, and WELL Heath-Safety certifications following the improvements, aligning with Grosvenor’s commitment to achieving net zero operational carbon emissions by 2030.   

Grosvenor has owned and operated property throughout the Washington area since 1986 and has developed notable residential mixed-use projects such as F1RST in Navy Yard, District Apartments in the U Street Corridor, City Homes in Eckington and Central in Silver Spring, MD. Grosvenor is also currently building a 240-unit residential development at 340 Morse Street in Union Market and working on a residential and school mixed-use redevelopment project in Georgetown. Recent local acquisition activity includes Grosvenor Tower, a 237-unit multifamily residential property located in North Bethesda, MD, acquired in July 2022. 

An Eastdil Secured team led by Nick Seidenberg arranged the financing opportunity on behalf of Grosvenor.

For more information, please contact:

Great Ink Communications

Roxanne Donovan, Rick Van Warner, Tom Nolan, Eric Waters

+1 212-741-2977


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