Behringer Harvard Completes Financing for Two Prominent Office Towers in Chicago and Houston

Aug 02, 2011, 13:59 ET from Behringer Harvard

DALLAS, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Behringer Harvard announced today that it has refinanced the maturing debt on One Financial Place, a 1,041,288-square-foot office property that houses many prominent trading/financial firms and is the southern anchor of Chicago's Financial District.


New financing with a two-year term was provided for One Financial Place by JPMorgan Chase. The loan, which was arranged by HFF, also includes three one-year extension options. Approximately 110,000 square feet of space is now available for lease at One Financial Place, including up to 35,000 square feet of contiguous space. Leasing is provided by Jones Lang LaSalle.

In addition to One Financial Place, Behringer Harvard also completed the financing of One BriarLake Plaza, a 502,410-square-foot office property in west Houston's Westchase district. Proceeds from this financing, along with cash on hand, were used to repay the outstanding balance under Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc.'s credit facility.

NorthMarq arranged new financing for One BriarLake Plaza provided by Bank of America, the senior lender, and SBAF Mortgage Fund I/Lender, LLC, the mezzanine lender. This property was 98 percent leased as of June 30, 2011.  

"To complete these refinancing transactions, we have invested significant additional equity," said Mr. Scott Fordham, COO of Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc. "These investments underscore our REIT's continuing strategic commitment to the Chicago and Houston real estate markets."

Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc. owns interests in four properties in the central business district of Chicago comprising approximately 4.4 million square feet and five office properties in Houston comprising approximately 3.0 million square feet. These holdings in Chicago and Houston represent approximately 31 percent of the square feet in the portfolio of Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc.  

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Behringer Harvard creates and manages global institutional-quality investment programs for individual and institutional investors through its real estate investment trusts, joint ventures and proprietary program structures. The company also offers strategic advisory, asset management and capital market solutions. Programs sponsored and managed by the Behringer Harvard group of companies have attracted equity of more than $5 billion and investments into more than $11 billion in assets. For more information, contact our U.S. headquarters toll-free at 866.655.3600 or our European headquarters at 011 49 40 34 9999 90, or visit us online at

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