JLL arranges $18.8M financing for Central NJ office building

23 Christopher Way is home to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

April 21, 2020

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 21, 2020 – JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has arranged an $18.8 million refinancing for 17 & 23 Christopher Way in Eatontown, New Jersey. 17 Christopher Way is a single-story, 45,475-square-foot office/flex building that is notably leased to Industrial Controls and FirstService Residential. Neighboring 23 Christopher Way is a four-story, 80,207-square-foot office property that will be fully leased to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Donato Group, to secure the 10-year, fixed-rate loan with Ocean First Bank.   

17 & 23 Christopher Way were constructed by the borrower, The Donato Group, in 2001. Both assets are located within in the Eatontown Business Park, a four million-square-foot mixed-use development. Ingress and egress to the Eatontown Business Park is provided from Industrial Way East/West, which is accessed from Route 35. These roadways link to Route 36, which connects to the Garden State Parkway and NJ State Route 18, two major north/south regional arteries.

The JLL Capital Markets team representing the borrower was led by Senior Managing Director Michael Klein and Associate Andrew Zilenziger.

“JLL is pleased to have represented the Donato Group once again to refinance these assets,” Klein stated. “The expansion of the VA into a full building for a 15-year lease term provides long term stability at the two-building complex and demonstrates the high-quality asset that the Donato Group owns and the strength of its management team to secure such a commitment from a GSA tenant. Ocean First previously had the loan on the properties and was eager to structure a new long-term loan that would allow the bank to keep these historically well-occupied properties on its books for years to come.”

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Deal secured by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP (“HFF”) prior to being acquired by JLL on July 1, 2019. Co-brokerage services provided by Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., licensed real estate broker. 

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About The Donato Group

The Donato Group is a 70+ year old real estate development, management and construction firm based in Eatontown, New Jersey. The company has established an expertise in the development and management of office, high-tech and industrial properties throughout Monmouth County with a significant concentration in the Industrial Way Micro market where the company originally developed many of the properties still in its portfolio today from farm land in the 1970s. The company was founded by the late John Donato Jr. and is managed today by his son, Corbett Donato.