New York City Regional Center Announces Repayment of $60 million EB-5 Loan in its Brooklyn Navy Yard Phase I Offering

The $60 million investment enabled 359 individuals (EB-5 investors and family members) to receive permanent residency in the United States

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

New York, NY, Dec. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The New York City Regional Center (“NYCRC”) is pleased to announce the repayment of its $60 million EB-5 loan used to assist the continued redevelopment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City’s largest industrial park.  The borrower of the EB-5 capital was the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.  The $60 million investment and resulting job creation enabled 359 individuals (EB-5 investors and family members) to receive permanent residency in the United States under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  They are among the more than 2,400 individuals who have achieved permanent residency in the United States through NYCRC offerings to date.     

The $60 million of EB-5 capital helped fund a key phase of redevelopment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (“Navy Yard”).  The federal government closed the Navy Yard in 1966 and subsequently sold it to the City of New York, which reopened it as an industrial complex.  Over the past few years, the City of New York has embarked on the largest expansion of the Navy Yard in 65 years.  The redevelopment of the Navy Yard is a key element of the City of New York’s plan to spur economic growth, refurbish its industrial manufacturing sector, and create additional jobs. 

The $60 million loan from the NYCRC provided much needed capital for the renovation of a 215,000 square foot industrial building in the Navy Yard.  The building was previously used as a machine shop for the United States Navy during World War II but had sat vacant for decades.  The project transformed the building, now named the Green Manufacturing Center, into New York City’s leading hub for green manufacturing and sustainable design.  EB-5 capital was also used to assist with surrounding infrastructure improvements in the Navy Yard such as the building of new roads, water and sewer lines, and pile foundations and bulkhead walls to allow for the continued use of dry docks and adjacent berths to support maritime activity in the New York harbor. 

“We are very pleased with the repayment of the $60 million loan to the 120 EB-5 investors in this offering,” said Paul Levinsohn, Managing Principal of the NYCRC. “The NYCRC takes seriously our role in spurring job creation and economic development as well as our responsibility to assist our EB-5 investors and their families begin a new life in America.  We extend our best wishes to them on their continued journey and we look forward to helping all our investor families in the future.” 

“We are proud that our first loan to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has been repaid,” added George L. Olsen, Managing Principal of the NYCRC.  “This repayment is a major milestone for the NYCRC and, of course, for our EB-5 investors and their families.” 

The repaid $60 million loan is one of seven NYCRC EB-5 loans totaling $339 million being used for critical projects in the Navy Yard.  Since 2010, EB-5 capital from the NYCRC has directly helped implement a broad range of new construction, infrastructure and building improvements, and the renovation of over 1.2 million square feet of vacant and dilapidated buildings. 

“The NYCRC has provided over $300 million of financing to help the redevelopment of New York City’s largest industrial park and further the Navy Yard’s mission to spur economic development and create new jobs.  We are pleased to play a role in this effort,” said Mr. Levinsohn.

The NYCRC was approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2008 to secure foreign investment for real estate and infrastructure projects within Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  The NYCRC was the first EB-5 regional center approved in New York City and has secured over $1.3 billion of capital for 21 economic development projects throughout the city.   

In addition to projects in the Navy Yard, the NYCRC has provided capital to assist with the redevelopment of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and the construction of a wireless infrastructure network in New York City’s subway stations.  The NYCRC is providing capital for the redevelopment of a new cargo facility at JFK Airport and the construction of Fresh Direct’s new headquarters in the South Bronx.  NYCRC funding is also being used for construction of the City Point development in downtown Brooklyn, a new medical office/hotel complex in Washington Heights, and the expansion of the Hutchinson Metro Center in the Bronx.  The NYCRC is securing capital to help fund the construction of LinkNYC, the public-private initiative that is bringing the nation’s largest and fastest public Wi-Fi network to the streets of New York City. 

In addition to helping fuel economic development in New York City, NYCRC offerings have enabled over 2,400 individuals to become permanent residents of the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  To date, investors in NYCRC offerings have received over 2,340 I-526 petition approvals and over 800 I-829 approvals.  Over 5,000 EB-5 investors and family members in NYCRC offerings have also received conditional residency in the United States.

“We are extremely proud of the NYCRC’s stellar track record over the past eight years.  We look forward to continuing this success for our investors and their families,” said Mr. Olsen.

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