HFF arranges $21.7 million acquisition financing in PA

DREXEL HILL, PA — Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP (HFF) announced that it has arranged $21.7 million in acquisition financing for Drexeline Shopping Center, a 264,417 s/f, grocery-anchored, mixed-use retail center with office space in the Philadelphia suburb of Drexel Hill. HFF worked on behalf of the borrower, a partnership between The Hampshire Companies and MCB Real Estate, and with the lender, Flushing Bank, to provide permanent financing. Loan proceeds will be used for the acquisition and a secure line of credit for redevelopment and repositioning of the shopping center.Consisting of five buildings, Drexeline Shopping Center is home to more than 40 retail and office tenants, including grocery-anchor Shop Rite, Ace Hardware, Anthony’s Restaurant, PNC Bank, Drexel Hill Pediatrics Associates and Children’s Dental Health Associates. The mixed-use center is situated on 18.46 acres at 4990-5100 State Rd. at the signalized intersection of State Rd. and Rte. 1, which has an average daily vehicle count exceeding 35,000. Drexeline Shopping Center is located in Drexel Hill in the western part of Upper Darby Township nine miles west of Center City Philadelphia. The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower was led by senior managing director Jon Mikula and director Michael Klein.

“Drexeline Shopping Center is situated in an infill location with great demographics,” Klein said. “The partnership between MCB Real Estate and The Hampshire Companies has an excellent opportunity to refresh, stabilize and reposition the center for the long-term benefit of the local community.”

“Flushing Bank quickly understood the shopping center’s potential and was eager to work with both MCB and The Hampshire Companies to help fulfill their vision for the property,” Mikula added.“Flushing Bank has been a leader in commercial real estate and multi-family lending in the New York Metropolitan area for many years,” said Ron Hartmann, executive vice president for commercial real estate lending at Flushing Bank. “We are excited to expand our lending expertise in support of larger commercial real estate transactions in similar metropolitan markets. Our customers also have the benefit of a robust complement of online banking services, including operating accounts and cash management services.”n

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