New York, NY – September 8, 2017 – Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. announced today that it served as the exclusive advisor to Chris Xu, founder, and president of United Construction and Development Group, in arranging $44 million in acquisition financing secured for a dual-branded Marriott Hotel located at 148-18 Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The non-recourse loan has full-term interest-only payments, and two one-year extension options.

Former Cushman and Wakefield Managing Director, Morris Betesh, and former Cushman and Wakefield Director, Omar Ferreira, represented the borrower, Chris Xu of United Construction and Development Group, in the transaction.

“By highlighting the client’s strong track record in development, construction, and hotel management to lenders, we were able to negotiate a favorable loan structure and competitive terms despite the tight hotel lending environment,” said Mr. Betesh, who is now a Senior Managing Director at Meridian Capital Group.

Expected to be completed in late 2017, 148-18 Archer Avenue will be a 15-story, 203,800 square foot building consisting of two different Marriot Corporation hotel brands – Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn & Suites. The Marriott Courtyard part of the building will encompass 224 rooms, while Fairfield Inn & Suites will offer 114 rooms. The building will also provide a 42-space underground parking garage.

The property, located in the heart of downtown Jamaica and situated adjacent to a large mixed-use development, currently under construction, will be the first Marriott flagged hotel serviced by the AirTran. In close proximity to John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, 148-18 Archer Ave is within walking distance from the Air Train, Long Island Railroad, and the E, J and Z subway lines.

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