Spirides Arranges $8.7 Million Hotel Development Loan for New Holiday Inn in Downtown Columbia, SC
TAMPA, FL — Spirides Hospitality Finance Company has successfully arranged, and its client has closed an $8.7 million building conversion and term, first priority conventional loan from a Southeast U.S. headquartered bank to finance the development of a new Holiday Inn in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
The terms of the financing arranged by Spirides for this new Holiday Inn development project include a five-year term with a very favorable fixed rate of interest for the life of the loan, 70% loan to cost ratio, interest only monthly mortgage payments for the first 18 months through the construction period, followed by principal and interest payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule for the remainder of the term.
"Since there was no vacant land available on which to build a new hotel in the Central Business District of Downtown Columbia this ingenious building conversion project is an excellent example of adaptive reuse," says Harry G. Spirides, President of Spirides Hospitality Finance Company who led the debt placement team representing the borrower in this transaction. "The investors are breathing new life into an old building while conserving resources and extending the life of a historic landmark. There is a very good chance you will soon see this building on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, from a business competitive strategy perspective, this project is a clever way for a new hotel to enter a prime market which otherwise has very high barriers to entry," continues Spirides.
The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) "Holiday Inn brand family is the largest hotel brand in the world, with the largest development pipeline," according to the IHG website. The first Holiday Inn was opened in 1952, and today 1,173 Holiday Inns are open for business with another 263 hotels in the pipeline. Full-service Holiday Inns, all of which feature a restaurant and lounge, operate in the upper-midscale segment of the lodging industry.
Members of the Spirides family have owned, operated, developed, and advised hotels and restaurants for over 90 years since the 1920s. In fact, in 1969 this company's founder and president Harry G. Spirides' late father George H. Spirides assisted his good friend Cecil B. Day to design, build, and open the world's first Day's Inn near Savannah, GA, and he subsequently became the first manager of the world's first Day's Inn early in his career as a distinguished owner and operator of hotels.
Harry G. Spirides is a former owner and operator of a 205 room, full-service, beach resort hotel for over 20 years. He is a third-generation hotelier who has over 30 years of experience working in full-service hotels. He rose up through the ranks of his family's hotel company working in every position from restaurant dishwasher to general manager to chief executive officer. Today, Harry Spirides, through his companies Spirides Hospitality Finance Company and Spirides Hospitality Realty Company, finds it very rewarding to assist hotel owners with their financing and real estate brokerage needs, having "walked a thousand miles in their shoes."
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