Madison Realty Capital Purchases Two Adjacent Multifamily Properties on West 22nd Street in Manhattan For $19.25 Million

Off-Market Acquisition in Desirable Chelsea Neighborhood; MRC to Begin Repositioning and Renovation Strategy to Enhance Asset Value

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NEW YORK, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Madison Realty Capital (MRC), an institutionally backed real estate private equity firm focused on real estate equity and debt investments in the middle markets, announced the purchase of two adjacent multifamily buildings, located at 216-218 West 22nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues within the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The off-market transaction was purchased for $19.25 million and represents the first sale of this property in over 30 years.

Josh Zegen, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of MRC, made the announcement.

The 27,750 square-foot property consists of two adjacent five-story buildings, each 30 feet wide, with 30 residential units. The unit mix is comprised of 19 one-bedroom apartments and 11 two-bedroom apartments, as well as impending vacant basement/garden level space currently built out for commercial use.  MRC intends to pursue a hands-on repositioning program for the entire property that includes renovating and modernizing the apartments into high-end luxury units and capturing additional space by converting the first floor and garden level areas into duplex apartments. 

"This was an opportunity for Madison to secure a high-quality multifamily asset with plenty of upside in one of the most sought after Manhattan residential neighborhoods," Mr. Zegen said. "This acquisition fits solidly with our overall investment strategy and we are confident in our ability to maximize its value through our comprehensive capital improvement, renovation and marketing plans."

The seller was represented by Christopher Okada and Hiro Iwata of Okada and Company. The buyer was represented by Anand Melwani, principal of ARM Real Estate Group.

About Madison Realty Capital (MRC)

MRC is a New York-based real estate private equity firm and asset management company that pursues real estate equity and debt investments in the middle market.  Founded in 2004, MRC has invested in over $2.2 billion of transactions in the multifamily, retail, office and industrial sectors. 

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