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Owners of Oklahoma City's First National Center settle foreclosure case

Attorneys for Capmark Bank dismissed the foreclosure case on Wednesday after finalizing a settlement with owners of Oklahoma City's First National Center.
by Paul Monies Published: October 19, 2012
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The embattled Los Angeles-based owners of Oklahoma City's First National Center have settled a long-running foreclosure case with their lenders.

Attorneys for lenders Capmark Bank filed court papers Wednesday dismissing the foreclosure after making final arrangements with partnerships led by Millbank Real Estate and CEO Aaron Yashouafar.

Yashouafar-led investment groups bought the historic downtown office building for $21 million in 2006. Capmark Bank filed a foreclosure action in 2010 after a loan default. That was followed by a bankruptcy filing by First National Center's owners.

Earlier this year, Capmark agreed to dismiss the foreclosure with a $12 million payment. Yashouafar's investment groups and the bank then agreed to several extensions to forestall a court-ordered receivership of the property.

Leif Swedlow, an attorney for Yashouafar, said this week's resolution was beneficial for all parties. The bankruptcy filing by First National Center's owners was dismissed upon approval of the foreclosure settlement, he said.

“With their renewed ability to focus their attention on the building and its tenants, the owners and managers of this (Oklahoma City) landmark plan to resume renovations that had been previously started and to aggressively pursue a leasing program to increase occupancy,” Swedlow said in a statement.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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