Yankees Parking Debt May Get Funds From Planned Soccer Arena
Investors holding about $238 million of defaulted tax-exempt bonds used to construct parking garages at Yankee Stadium in New York are set to benefit from a planned land sale for a new soccer stadium at the site.
Bondholders have agreed to extend negotiations with the issuer for two years provided that the New York City Football Club enters into an accord by Jan. 3 to purchase a portion of the parking structures, according to a filing with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The club is a Major League Soccer expansion team.
Proceeds of the sale would repay some of the debt, with the remainder to be restructured, said John Miller, who helps manage $90 billion of munis, including some of the parking bonds, as co-head of fixed-income at Nuveen Asset Management LLC in Chicago. Remaining parking facilities would then receive business from baseball games and soccer matches, Miller said.
“When the soccer stadium is constructed, you actually have two event centers -- Yankee Stadium and a soccer stadium -- serviced by one parking lot,” Miller said.
The bonds, which are repaid with parking revenue, are in default as fans take trains, buses and taxis to see the Major League Baseball team rather than driving to games in the Bronx.
Bronx Parking Development Co. issued tax-exempt bonds in 2007 through New York City’s Industrial Development Agency to build the garages and renovate two others.
Bonds due in October 2017 traded at an average price of about 32 cents on the dollar today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“Neither we nor the city have made any decisions about a location for a stadium,” Risa Heller, spokeswoman for the soccer club, said in a statement. “We are reviewing sites all over the city.”
Edward Moran, a financial adviser for Bronx Parking Development; and Steven Polivy, an attorney representing the company, didn’t return phone messages and e-mails seeking comment. Neither did Ray Orlando, a spokesman for New York’s Office of Management and Budget.
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