Steve Witkoff buys troubled ‘Twists’ tower project in Chelsea

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There’s life for XI in any case.

With assist from billionaire industrialist and actual property investor Len Blavatnik, New York developer Steven Witkoff’s Witkoff’s Group snared the bankrupt, $2 billion, twin-towered rental project in a public debt public sale on Thursday.

The deal, which is price round $900 million, implies that work can resume on the 900,000 square-foot towers after greater than two years.

“Our partnership [with Blavatnik’s Access Industries] has deep experience in successfully developing large projects in Manhattan,” Witkoff stated in an announcement. He stated development can begin up once more after Jan. 1, and stated the brand new plans name for a public plaza with entry to the High Line.

“This is a strong stroke of faith in the city’s future despite the pandemic and Omicron,” an trade insider stated.

The Post first reported that Witkoff was in the driving force’s seat for the XI again on Nov. 9.

The XI broke floor in 2016, and development was speculated to wrap up by the top of 2019.

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XI, named for its Eleventh Avenue location subsequent to the High Line, has been the town’s most buzzed-over improvement debacle for 2 years. Work stopped earlier than the pandemic in late 2019, and park-goers have puzzled over the uncompleted eyesore ever since.

Lenders and contractors who’re owned lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars}, then again, have greater than fumed.

The buy provides Witkoff’s investor group management of the project that was launched by Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital Group a number of years in the past however fell into default on its $1 billion, debt, together with $136 million owed to a chief lender, Britain’s Children’s Investment Fund.

An architect’s rendering of the XI project, named for its location on Eleventh Avenue — also referred to as “The Twists” due to its design. Long-stalled, it’ll now get again underway after Steven Witkoff inked a deal.
Courtesy of HFZ Capital Group

Feldman can also be underneath siege by contractors. Construction supervisor Omnibuild alone filed a $100 million lien in 2020.

The 26- and 36-story towers, at Eleventh Avenue and West 17th Street, are popularly generally known as “The Twists” because of the method architect Bjarke Ingels set them askew from each other.

Steven Witkoff’s Witkoff’s Group snared the bankrupt, $2 billion, twin-towered XI rental project in a public debt public sale on Thursday.
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They have been to have 236 luxurious rental items priced as much as $25 million, a world-class lodge and a flowery, 90,000 square-foot spa.

But solely 38 items have been bought on the time development stopped, in accordance with state legal professional basic filings.

Feldman blamed the flop on former companion Nir Meir for HFZ Capital’s issues. He reportedly known as Meir a “psychopath” in a lawsuit this previous summer season. Meir’s lawyer known as Feldman’s fees “ludicrous.”

A courtroom gave Children’s Investment Fund the inexperienced mild to promote the debt at public sale. But Thursday’s public sale – which was postponed from an October date – was not a courtroom motion however a public providing.

Sources stated the companions paid about $900 million to buy the debt, giving them management of the property. That works out to a value of about bout $1 per sq. foot, as the finished buildings are round 900,000 sq. ft.

Witkoff is thought for such initiatives because the partial conversion of the Woolworth Building to residences and improvement of celebrity-strewn 150 Charles St. condos.

But sources stated he didn’t have the resources to tackle XI on his personal. Terms of Witkoff’s partnership with Blavatnik weren’t instantly recognized.

A group led by Cushman & Wakefield’s Adam Spies and Doug Harmon was in cost of promoting the debt. They couldn’t be reached, both.  

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