The Savoy seeking financing

Developers of The Savoy are trying to renegotiate a loan with Wachovia bank, City Administrator/Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier reported at last week’s Redevelopment Agency meeting. Pelissier said he’s received messages from Glen Fishman, managing director of Hillside-based Dornoch Management, indicating the firm is still committed to completing the 36-unit condo project. Pelissier estimated Dornoch already has invested $3.5 million in the project.

Dornoch’s investors, a hedge fund based in Holland, apparently are looking for a lender before they make another capital call, Pelissier said, adding that a loan had been in place until it was called in to renegotiate by Wachovia. Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo last October after overtures from Citigroup. If Dornoch can’t get a loan, Pelissier said, The Savoy may become rentals but the firm is aiming to complete the project as the originally proposed condos.

Pelissier said Fishman wants to complete The Savoy as for-sale condos, before moving onto the firm’s other projects along East Cherry Street (the storefronts that include The Beverage Shop). Fishman has told city officials that he’s interested in selling the burned out East Cherry Street property which Dornoch purchased from the Parking Authority and as recently as November 2007 had plans to renovate it.

The Savoy’s retail space has been marketed by The Schultz Organization, a Woodbridge-based commercial real estate firm, as recently as December with a projected occupancy of “fourth quarter 2009.”