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Lender troubles do not stop SkyView Parc construction

Despite lending woes, construction at SkyView Parc has not ceased and residential and commercial space at the megaproject are steadily moving forward, Muss Development said Friday.

The Forest Hills−based developer said it remains on pace to open the first of its four residential towers and a sprawling retail complex by this fall, adding that six residential units have sold since December.

“Sky View Parc is a dynamic development for Flushing, Queens and New York City,” said Muss Development Principal Jason Muss. “It has been successful by every measure. Construction on the project continues and currently is on track for the first residential building and stores to open in the fall.”

The progress is good news for Muss after it was revealed last month that problems had arisen with one of its principal lenders.

Arbor Realty Trust, which agreed to loan Muss approximately $75 million for construction of the project, had not paid advances on its loan for November and December, leaving Muss to put up nearly $4 million itself, sources said.

Muss would not comment on whether the lending situation had been resolved.

“The important thing is that construction never stopped and is continuing on schedule and units are still selling,” spokesman Richard Mulieri said.

Sky View Parc, located along College Point Boulevard north of Roosevelt Avenue, is currently the largest project under construction in Flushing and if completed would include 448 luxury apartments built atop a sprawling retail complex. Any stall in construction could delay the move−in dates for more than 130 potential tenants and dozens of retailers, including The Home Depot, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond, each of which were expecting to be settled into the complex within the next six to eight months.

Muss Development is a Forest Hills−based, family−owned development firm founded in 1906. The firm is one of the largest in the city and has led the construction of thousands of housing units and developments in the five boroughs during the last century.

Reach reporter Stephen Stirling by e−mail at sstirling@timesledger.com or by phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 138.

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