August 18, 2022

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Aloft Miami Brickell Hotel Owner Files For Individual bankruptcy

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Pedro Villar of Sunview Companies with the hotel (Marriott, LinkedIn via Villar)

Pedro Villar of Sunview Businesses with the resort (Marriott, LinkedIn through Villar)

Looking to ward off an “aggressive foreclosures action” by its Park Avenue financial institution, the proprietor of the Aloft Miami Brickell hotel has submitted for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In a declaration that is section of the personal bankruptcy petition, resort developer Pedro Villar mentioned New York City’s Torchlight Investors improperly tried out to seize Aloft Miami Brickell’s earnings and obtain a multi-million dollar prepayment payment.

“Throughout [the pandemic, the hotel managed its value in extra of $30 million and is totally unencumbered, but for its $17.8 million home loan,” Villar wrote. “Torchlight is, and has generally been, unwilling to interact in negotiations to realize a training.”

Villar and his legal professional Joseph Pack declined remark. Torchlight and attorneys representing the genuine estate financial investment organization in the foreclosure lawsuit did not reply to requests for remark.

The 160-space hotel, at 1001 Southwest Next Avenue, is owned by the entity Mary Brickell Village Hotel LLC, which is managed by Villar, president of Miami-based mostly Sunview Providers.

Completed in 2013, the resort has belongings totaling $34 million, and $18 million in liabilities, according to the bankruptcy submitting. Its biggest creditor is an affiliate of Torchlight that extended the $17.8 million loan. The premier unsecured claim is for $252,098, which is owed to the Miami-Dade County Tax Collector.

Villar’s enterprise is the 2nd Miami lodge proprietor in modern months to request individual bankruptcy protection just after weathering the pandemic-induced economic downturn. The owner of the Vacation Inn at 340 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami also submitted for Chapter 11, which lets a company to restructure its debts even though fulfilling collectors.

“Last 12 months, the lodge was confronted with its most significant obstacle considering the fact that it opened its doors throughout the Summertime of 2013: the COVID-19 pandemic and the constraints positioned on
firms, specifically those people in the hospitality industry,” Villar wrote in his declaration. “When COVID-19 arrived in March of 2020, the personal loan was supported by hundreds of hundreds of pounds in reserves.”

The hotel operator did not miss a one financial loan payment prior to the pandemic and achieved out to Wells Fargo, which was servicing the property finance loan, to occur up with a contingency system in the occasion of skipped payments even though Covid-19 constraints remained in area, Villar wrote.

Months afterwards, he realized that a Torchlight affiliate experienced taken above servicing the personal loan and would not be helping the lodge possession entity in generating any modifications, Villar alleged. He claimed that the hotel was not able to function and that conversation with Torchlight “was shut to not possible.”

As an alternative, Torchlight began demanding default rate curiosity, special servicer service fees and authorized service fees that Villar’s enterprise disputed, the declaration states. In March, Torchlight filed the foreclosures action against the resort proprietor.

“Torchlight experienced no honest curiosity in negotiating in great religion and experienced made the decision early on in the process that they wanted to seize the hotel,” Villar alleged. “Mary Brickell Village Resort has produced no headway in negotiating with Torchlight and is of the look at that Torchlight’s lawful positions are legally unsound, and even likely expose a nefarious business design.”

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