With Patriot Equities having defaulted on more than $44 million for its property known as "Hecht's Warehouse", noteholder Douglas Development picked up title to the property this afternoon as the sole bidder of the auction it held through Alex Cooper Auctioneers. Douglas gained control of the title with an unrivaled bid of $20 million (a hair above the "outstanding debt in excess of $19,999,000") for the entirety of the four-parcel property spanning New York Avenue in Northeast: 1401-1403, 1545 New York Avenue NE, and 2001 16th Street, NE. Meaning, Douglas is no longer the noteholder, but the property owner, and potential developer, of the site.
The City Paper reported last week that Douglas Development had bought the promissory note for the Hecht's Warehouse property from U.S. Bank in March of this year, after Penn.-based Patriot Equities was unable to keep up with a $66 million loan, and the Bank nearly went into foreclosure last year.
Patriot Equities had purchased the Hecht's Warehouse property in 2007 for $78 million and planned a development called Patriot Yards, a warehouse facility that boasted "loading accessibility which is virtually unmatched in the District." At the time of purchase, Abdo was thrilled to have future development in the Northeast neighborhood, with the hopes it would encourage investors for its own 17-acre Arbor Place project, which never happened, nor has development of New York Avenue taken hold.
As reported by the Post on Monday, Norman Jemal of Douglas asserted that his company "is considering a warehouse distribution space at the site or possibly apartments with streetfront retail."
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