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America's Most Notable EB-5-Financed Developments

America's Most Notable EB-5-Financed Developments

New York's Hudson Yards megaproject made yet another headline today with news that developer Related Companies had secured the biggest ever EB-5 investment—$600M—to finance a portion of it. But with the divisive foreign investment program dramatically growing in popularity, the new benchmark may not last long.

Here's a rundown of noteworthy EB-5-backed developments to date:

Hudson Yards, NYC

  • EB-5 contributions: $600M (courtesy of 1,200 Chinese families), the most ever raised in a single EB-5 haul.
  • What it bought: The foundation of three skyscrapers at perhaps the city's preeminent development. 
  • Developer: Related Companies
  • Rationale: “It was a very critical part of the [$20B Hudson Yards] puzzle,” Related Chief Jeff Blau told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s so big, there’s not enough capital from any one traditional source.”

Pacific Park (fka Atlantic Yards), NYC

  • Total cost: $4.9B, including $1.4B toward the Barclays Center and transit infrastructure
  • EB-5 contributions: $475M
  • Developer: Forest City Ratner Companies
  • What it bought: Forest City execs said most of the EB-5 money would go toward a new rail yard and some toward loan repayments, with critics contending the financing largely went toward the latter.

Hunter's Point Shipyard, San Francisco

  • Total cost: $8B, making this San Francisco's biggest redevelopment project ever according to HuffPo.
  • EB-5 contributions: $200M
  • What it's buying: 12,000 housing units and 3.1M SF of mixed-use commercial space on a former shipyard near the soon-to-be-demolished Candlestick Park.
  • The incentive: Since the Shipyard project rests in an impoverished area, developer Lennar Corp. only had to meet the $500K EB-5 investment threshold.

SLS Las Vegas

  • Total cost: $415M, $300M of it provided by JPMorgan.
  • EB-5 contributions:$115M, including investments from 800 Chinese nationals.
  • Developer: Sam Nazarian
  • The hitch: Nazarian must await his Nevada gambling license before he can exercise "significant" control of the development, which opened in August.

Panorama Tower, Miami

  • Total cost: $800M will be spent on the 83-story apartment tower—the East Coast's tallest south of NYC.
  • Developer: Florida East Coast Realty
  • EB-5 contributions: $50M, per early projections
  • Trivia: This became Miami's very first EB-5-backed development when news of the foreign investment broke in October.