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October 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

Winthrop Realty Trust Enters Into Venture to Redevelop Times Square New York Property

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) announced today that it has entered into a venture with The Witkoff Group and New Valley LLC (the "JV") to acquire and redevelop the property located at 701 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, which is the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and 47th Street in the Times Square submarket of New York City. The proposed redevelopment will include an expansion of the retail space to approximately 80,000 square feet, installing an approximately 22,000 square foot state of the art LED sign, and potential development of a hotel. Winthrop has committed to invest up to $68.0 million on a preferred equity basis with an initial contribution of approximately $29.0 million. 

In addition, Winthrop recently (i) acquired for $20.7 million four B-Notes with an aggregate principal balance of $25.7 million, secured by two office buildings in Burbank, California and two retail properties in Hawaii; (ii) received payment in full on its $30.0 million first mortgage loan secured by a 326,000 square foot commercial building located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida resulting in a 22% return to Winthrop; and (iii) received payment in full on its $15.6 million B Participation in a $70.0 million mortgage loan secured by multiple properties in Riverside, California resulting in a 12% return to Winthrop.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning, operating and investing in real property as well as real estate financial instruments including CMBS, bonds, REIT preferred and common stock. For more information, please visit our web-site at

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