The construction portion of the loan amounts to $1.1 billionwith another $200 million in mezzanine financing.

Sources could not be reached for comment today, but William L.Mack, one of the developers, noted in a prepared statement that,"We are gratified by the confidence that the nation's premiercommercial mortgage lender has shown in this project, and we lookforward to the opening of this new landmark in 2003."

The mixed-use development will feature twin 750-foot towers anda group of smaller buildings for a total of more than 2.1 millionsf. In addition to facilities for AOL Time Warner, broadcaststudios for CNN and local TV cable station NY1, the center will behome to a 249-room Mandarin Oriental hotel, 191 luxury condominiumsand a concert hall for Jazz at Lincoln Center that will seat 1,100.A number of upscale retailers such as Hugo Boss, Joseph Abboud, J.Crew and A/X Armani Exchange are leasing space.

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