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Financing secured for Yuma hotel and conference center

C.W. Clark starts construction after receiving $24 million loan

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The developer behind the new $30 million Hilton Garden Inn and Riverfront Conference Center in Yuma has secured financing for the first major components of the much-anticipated and historically significant Pivot Point redevelopment project.

C.W. Clark Inc. announced recently that it received a $24 million construction and permanent loan from Atlanta-based Specialty Finance Group for the 150-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot center slated for completion in fall 2008. Hotel Financial Strategies of Los Angeles arranged the loan for the La Jolla-based commercial real estate development firm.

"The completion of this financing package is a significant step forward for this exciting project that will create new jobs and revenue streams for the city of Yuma," said Craig Clark, president and CEO of C.W. Clark Inc. "We're pleased that Specialty Finance Group supports our shared vision for the renaissance of this spectacular riverfront."

Pivot Point includes a 150-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot center slated for completion in fall 2008.

Pivot Point is a joint-venture mixed-use project of the city of Yuma and San Diego-based Clark-Lankford LLC, which in 2005 signed a 50-year lease agreement as master developer for the 22-acre project at the historic Yuma Crossing. It is estimated that the total private investment in the overall project is more than $100 million.

In addition to the hotel and conference center now under construction, the ambitious Pivot Point project also will include 50 boutique hotel rooms, 40 town homes, 50 apartments, 105,000 square feet of retail, 80,000 square feet of office, 26,000 square feet of restaurant and entertainment as well as a possible 50,000-square-foot federal courthouse.

Already being recognized for its innovative efforts, the Pivot Point redevelopment project earlier this year received a Public-Private Partnership Award from the International Economic Development Council.

Percival is president of Scribe Communications.

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