Things Get Worse at Domino

Crain’s reports this morning that the partners in the Domino project are in court, with Isaac Katan, the long-silent partner in the deal, alleging mismanagement, “misdirection and inaction” on the part of CPC Resources. According to Katan, CPCR has nothing to show for the over $100 million in equity and financing that the project has received. Now CPCR is trying to restructure the project’s $120 million in debt, in a deal that (according to the plaintiff) leaves Katan out in the cold:

Last month, CPC Resources told Katan it would enter a Letter of Intent that would allow Pacific Coast to restructure its debt. Under the arrangement, Pacific Coast would be able to convert its loan into an equity interest in the project, therefore reducing Katan’s interest in the project to 8% from 50%. Katan said in the filing that it never consented to such an agreement. Also, the new structure would give the lender the right to remove the current partners in the development from the project at any time and without reason.

But, at the same time, leaves CPCR with a guarantee of something:

But CPC Resources would still be paid an annual management fee of about $750,000, plus expenses.

Suddenly, even CPCR’s supporters seem to be having second thoughts:

“The tenants associations and the area residents, who worked hard to support Domino with its 660 affordable housing [units], are shocked that this project is now in jeopardy of collapse because of the spending spree and unaccountability by CPC,” said Isaac Abraham, a Williamsburg community leader and housing advocate. “Residents hope and pray that 660 affordable units and the entire Domino project doesn’t go up in the refinery smokestack.”

Of course, the 660 units were never guaranteed, and are certainly not part of the entitlements that CPCR has been looking to protect.