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ORLANDO-Estein & Associates USA, the American arm of the Germany-based investment group, is refinancing the 20-year-old, 640,000-sf Belz Factory Outlet World on International Drive with a $64 million loan at 7% interest.

The shopping center transaction updates the original acquisition loan arranged by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler in 1993.

Barbara Bozzacco of Holliday’s Boca Raton, FL office and Michael Kavanau of the firm’s Chicago office brokered the seven-year, fixed-rate financing through Bear Stearns Commercial Mortgage Inc., a New York-based conduit lender.

“The biggest challenges that faced this transaction were questions relative to retail value in a tourist-driven market after 9/11,” Bozzacco says in a prepared statement. “However, due to the property’s size and superior tenancy, its has continued to perform near the top of its competitive set.

The broker says the center’s “great location, combined with its sponsorship, made this deal very attractive to potential lenders.”

Anchor tenants at the 95%-leased property are Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok and Nike. Estein plans a multi-million-dollar renovation that will feature a $1 million signage project.

The property was built in phases at Oak Ridge Road and International Drive between 1981 and 1998 by Memphis, TN-based Belz Enterprises Inc., the asset’s original developer.

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