Church of England loses $78 million in New York real estate deal

By on January 29, 2010

Washington DC,The Church of England stands to lose about US$78 million in a New York real estate investment gone sour, according to Episcopal News Service.The Anglican church’s investment was part of a record-setting $5.4 billion deal put together in 2006 by two New York-based firms to buy two massive apartment complexes in Manhattan, Religion News Service reports.After defaulting on loan payments, the firms will cede the downtown properties — Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village — to its lenders.The Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion, the world’s third-largest Christian denomination, invested about $78 million (40 million British pounds) in 2007, before real estate values in New York and elsewhere began to plummet.Ben Wilson, a senior media office for the Church of England told ENS that the New York investment represents less than 1 percent of the church’s assets, which are valued at some $6.4 billion.

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