As I discussed in today’s Boston Herald, the announcement of the sale of Anglo Irish Bank’s portfolio to Lone Star Funds, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo, means that some of the Boston market’s premier development projects will be changing hands. Although the bulk of the performing loans will be acquired by the two traditional banking companies, much of the action will come from Lone Star’s share of the nonperforming loans.
Anglo Irish was the go to bank for much of the development action over the past decade. It provided funding to the region’s top developers for some of the best located projects. Unfortunately, the 2008 downturn and the continuing recession put a chill on all speculative developments across the country.
The big question is who will get the rights to start these developments when the market begins to improve? Will it be the existing borrower negotiating a deal to stay with the project or will it be a new player? It seems clear that Westwood Station will be the latter with a transfer that came close before the whole portfolio was put on the market.
The Greater Boston market has not recovered, but there are pockets of demand that will justify some new development occurring over the next 12-24 months and it is very likely that some of that product will come from this newly sold portfolio.