Washington Trust Provides Forstone Capital $2.76 Million to Acquire Retail Property in Westport, CT

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| Source: The Washington Trust Company

WESTERLY, R.I., July 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Trust's (Nasdaq:WASHCommercial Real Estate Group  recently provided $2.76 million to Forstone Capital, LLC to finance the acquisition of a single-tenanted retail property in Westport, CT. The property, currently occupied by Men's Warehouse, consists of 6,843 square feet of retail space. Constructed in 1989, the building is situated on a .64-acre parcel with high-visibility frontage along the densely populated commercial and retail area of Westport.

"Westport has one of the lowest retail and office vacancy rates in Fairfield County," said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Forstone Capital's acquisition of this property will benefit from the property's excellent location in this strong retail market."

Forstone Capital, LLC is a boutique real estate investment firm headquartered in Darien, CT. Since its inception in 2007, Forstone Capital has acquired over 1,000,000 square-feet of office, retail and multi-family properties throughout Connecticut.

Washington Trust's Commercial Real Estate Group provides commercial real estate mortgages for the construction, refinancing, or purchasing of investment real estate projects. Financing ranges in size from several hundred thousand dollars up to multi-million dollar projects. For more information, contact Timothy M. Pickering, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Group, at 401-348-1482 or 800-475-2265 ext. 1482.

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