Englewood Cliffs, NJ- (December 4, 2018) – The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, built in 1908 by Oscar Hammerstein, reopened last night with a sell-out performance by Bob Dylan & His Band, after being shuttered for over 20 years. What started with a signature $3 million Pre-Development Loan from Procida Funding in 2015 to complete environmental remediation, architectural design, structure drawings, and other pre-development work, evolved into a $56 million financing package orchestrated by Procida Funding for developer, Eric Blumenfeld, and his partner, Reverend Mark Hatcher of Holy Ghost Revival Center at The Met.
Procida provided $4.5 million of preferred equity and then orchestrated additional financing from Fulton Bank, Enhanced Capital, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“This is one of the greatest projects we have ever been involved with, as well as the most complicated financial structure in my 37- year-career. And coming in ahead of schedule and on budget to restore this grand landmark makes it all the better.” said Billy Procida.
“Following our formalized collaboration with Eric Blumenfeld, developer of The Met, I prayed to God for the financial resources to fulfill our portion of the fiscal component of this huge restoration. God sent Billy Procida from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey!” said Reverend Mark Hatcher of Holy Ghost Revival Center at The Met.
“The past six years Billy Procida and Procida Funding have been at my side, providing capital, guidance, advice, and inspiration. This truly would not have been possible without them,” said Eric Blumenfeld.
The project is net leased to Live Nation who will operate it as a venue for concerts and events. Signage rights for The Met were sold to Citibank.
This is the fourth project on North Broad by developer Eric Blumenfeld and Procida Funding. The collaborations between Blumenfeld and Procida have totaled over $150 million, which has spurred an equal amount of additional new development. Construction was handled by Domus Construction, architectural design by AOS Architects, and structural engineering by David Chou & Associates, Inc. Procida and Blumenfeld will soon announce the first Opportunity Zone project on North Broad which will be a mixed-use building on the corner of North Broad and Spring Garden.
Procida Funding provides capital for a wide range of asset classes in the eastern region of the US, with a concentration in the New York metropolitan area. The firm uses both its own capital and that of its strategic partners, which includes private equity funds and institutional lenders. The firm’s experience as a borrower and developer provides them with keen insight into how to be a creative and responsible lender and investor.
Procida Advisors provides due diligence and asset management services to developers, financial institutions and private equity funds with a concentration on development, construction, bankruptcy, restructuring and marketing. The firm’s specific services include Development Management, Construction Supervision, Restructuring, Crisis Management, Investment Banking, and Asset Management & Disposition. For more information, please visit https://www.procida.com/about/
The 100 Mile Fund is an open-ended real estate investment vehicle exclusively managed by Procida Funding, LLC. The Fund provides bridge, construction, mezzanine, and preferred equity financing for value add, distressed, and special opportunistic situations within 100 miles of New York City. The Fund is open to accredited investors pursuant to a Private Placement Memorandum and subject to all rules and regulations of the SEC as well as state and federal laws.
For information on Procida Funding Loan Originations, contact Brian Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org, for Fund Investor Management, contact Ali Betts, at email@example.com, and for Portfolio and Bad Debt Analysis contact William ‘Billy’ Procida at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Procida Funding, call 201.871.1177 or visit www.procida.com.