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NEW YORK CITY-Stonehenge Partners Inc. has closed on a new$500-million real estate equity fund, Stonehenge Fund III. Thecompany will use this fund to acquire office, retail andresidential properties as well as targeting high-yield debtopportunities in the Tri-State area.

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“Stonehenge is very excited about having this equity capitalavailable in the current environment,” notes Ofer Yardeni, one ofthe two managing partners at the company. “Stonehenge believes thatgiven New York's economic strength, supply and demand imbalance andthe scarcity of prime developable land, long-term valueappreciation is expected.” Yardeni adds that Stonehenge remainsfocused on investments in a market in which real estatefundamentals remain very strong.

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Stonehenge has been in the news recently for its acquisition of330 E. 63rd St. for $39 million from 63rdEast Side Realty LLC, where it intends to upgrade and renovate theproperty. “We will continue to invest in high-quality, value-addedinvestments and joint ventures with partners who share the samevision,” explains Joel Seiden, managing partner at Stonehenge. “Theability to act and close quickly will provide a valuable nicheduring these challenging credit times. We remain strongly committedto the value of New York as a vibrant business and mediacapital.”

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Among the more notable properties that Stonehenge Partners ownsand operates include the Olivia, the Ritz Plaza, Stonehenge Village, 20Park Ave. and 41 Park Ave. Over the past decade, Stonehenge hasclosed on transactions in excess of $2 billion comprising more thanthree million sf.

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