Kristen Grind over at the Puget Sound Business Journal had another great article about the unfolding mess with local developer Mike Mastro: Rival banks battle over Mastro bankruptcy
A legal battle between rival creditor banks over developer Michael Mastro Sr.’s real estate holdings is breaking out in federal bankruptcy court — a dispute that affects creditors’ ability to recoup their loans and sheds light on the extensive amount of property Mastro had amassed in the years before his financial trouble began.
Cascade Bank, Sterling Savings Bank, Golf Savings Bank and Washington Trust Bank, together owed more than $40 million by Mastro, have asked the court for permission to pursue their claims against him outside the bankruptcy proceeding. That would allow them to pluck their properties out of bankruptcy, foreclose on them and sell the properties to possibly recoup some of their losses.
But other creditors that are petitioning to force Mastro into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy argue that a single proceeding would put all creditors, including individuals, on equal footing.
The banks — Columbia State Bank, Venture Bank and First Sound Bank — filed to put Mastro into liquidation in July, and Mastro has challenged the move. Until the court decides on whether Mastro can be forced into involuntary bankruptcy and whether some creditors can opt out, all legal proceedings are frozen.
The article also includes a list of some of Mastro’s multi-million dollar debts on various major projects around the area. One notable exclusion from the list was Northshore Townhomes, an 86-unit townhome complex in Kenmore featured on these pages last month. Mastro’s company owes $24 million to HomeStreet bank on that project.