Washington, DC (March 1, 2011) – Chesapeake Lodging Trust announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 204-room Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard located in Washington, DC for a purchase price of $68 million, or approximately $333,000 per key.
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The Company intends to fund the acquisition by assuming approximately $37.7 million of existing mortgage debt and by borrowing under its revolving credit facility. The existing mortgage debt has a fixed interest rate of 5.90% per annum and matures in November 2016. Completion of the proposed acquisition is expected in the second quarter of 2011, subject to lender approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Company intends to enter into an agreement with a third-party manager to operate the hotel under its current franchise flag.
The Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard was constructed in 2006 in a mixed-use residential, hotel and parking development located in southeast Washington, DC, between the U.S. Capitol building and the Anacostia River.
The approximately 500 acre area surrounding the hotel has experienced significant redevelopment since the consolidation of the Navy Yard in the 1990’s and more notably the opening of the 41,000 seat Nationals Park in 2008. The 14-story, select-service, upscale property is centrally located in the core of the redevelopment, just one block from the Navy Yard metro stop, three blocks from Nationals Park and a 15 minute walk to the U.S. Capitol building.
The hotel is surrounded by approximately 2.1 million square feet of newer residential units, approximately 6.5 million square feet of office developments, retail outlets, and cleared and vacant parcels for additional planned development with an estimated total cost of approximately $6.0 billion. The Navy Yard and the many defense contractors serving the U.S. military are the leading demand generators for the hotel’s transient customers. The Navy Yard is the administrative and ceremonial center of the U.S. Navy. The facility includes the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Marine Corps Institute, Naval Historical Center, Department of Naval History, Naval Reactors and various other naval commands.