Mesa Development LLC and Walsh Investors have paid off the $275.5 million construction loan for The Legacy at Millennium Park, a luxury 72-story condominium high-rise, overlooking Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The loan was repaid with proceeds from unit closings as well as a new $60.6 million loan provided by U.S. Bank and The Private Bank.
Additionally, the Mesa/Walsh partnership has hired Chicago-based residential brokerage firm @properties to manage sales and marketing for the building, where more than half of the 356 condominiums have been sold to date.
“We have successfully positioned the Legacy to take advantage of the recovery in the downtown luxury condo market, which began to take hold last year. Today’s buyers will enjoy a building that is financially rock-solid and has a balanced inventory of homes priced to the market,” said Richard A. Hanson, principal and founder of Mesa Development LLC.
The new loan is believed to be the largest and one of the only refinancings of a condominium construction loan in downtown Chicago since the credit pipeline for condominium developments shut off in 2008.
“Relationships are the cornerstone of The PrivateBank business model and it is our long and valued relationship with these clients, that brought us to this project,” said Larry D. Richman, President and Chief Operating Officer, PrivateBancorp, Inc., parent to The PrivateBank. “We are pleased to support clients and projects that ensure the ongoing vibrancy of our great city.”
Currently, the Legacy offers one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans as well as a handful of penthouse residences ranging from 875 to 9,301 square feet, with prices ranging from the high-$300,000s to $6 million.
“Value drives the market today – even the luxury market. We feel very confident that luxury buyers are going to respond to the value and opportunity presented by the Legacy,” said Michael Golden, co-founder of @properties. “It’s the complete package – an incredible building, lifestyle and location.”
Designed by Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz, The Legacy at Millennium Park has received acclaim for its contemporary architecture and upscale amenities – it was a finalist for the international 2010 Emporis Skyscraper Award and was named the Best New Residential Building of 2011 by Friends of Downtown. The tall, slender tower is shrouded in floor-to-ceiling glass and offers unobstructed views of Millennium Park, Grant Park and Lake Michigan from most units. It also offers an assortment of luxury amenities including an indoor pool and spa, fitness center, sky gardens, 24-hour doorman and on-site concierge, as well as direct access to the adjacent University Club of Chicago through the sky-bridge on the 13th floor.