Texas Affordable Housing Developers Find Creative Ways to Secure Gap Financing

By Taylor Williams In an era in which land and construction costs are perpetually on the rise, developers of affordable housing must be able to navigate a complex web of federal, state and local programs in order to secure gap financing — the capital that covers the delta between total development costs and those covered by tax credit equity, municipal bonds or other types of subsidies. Understanding and effectively utilizing the various initiatives and incentives — density bonuses, …

The Community Builders Plans $102M Affordable Housing Project in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Community Builders has unveiled plans to develop a $102 million, 20-story affordable housing project in Chicago’s Loop. The high-rise development has been selected as the winner of the City of Chicago’s C40 Reinventing Cities competition, which encourages carbon neutral and sustainable development. The 207 rental units will range from studio to two-bedroom and are restricted to tenants earning between 30 to 80 percent of area median income (AMI).Slated to occupy …

Standard Communities Buys 108-Unit Affordable Housing Property in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Standard Communities has acquired Osprey Place Apartments in North Charleston. Built in 2004, the 108-unit affordable housing property located at 2390 Baker Hospital Blvd. North comprises five garden-style apartment buildings situated on 19 acres. Community amenities include a laundry room, playground and off-street parking.The total capitalization of the transaction exceeded $22 million, including over $82,000 per unit in renovation costs. Standard Communities …

Colliers Provides $5.8M Agency Refinancing for Metro Houston Affordable Housing Property

CONROE, TEXAS — Colliers Mortgage has provided a $5.8 million Fannie Mae loan for the refinancing of Bellshire Apartments, a 311-unit affordable housing property located in the northern Houston suburb of Conroe. The community was originally built between 1974 and 1978 and renovated between 2017 and 2019. Colliers Mortgage originated the 10-year loan on behalf of the borrower, an entity doing business as Merced-Bellshire

Evergreen, Synergy, Chicago Housing Authority Complete $81M Affordable Seniors Housing Community

CHICAGO — Evergreen Real Estate Group, Synergy Construction Group and the Chicago Housing Authority have completed construction of Ravenswood Senior Living, a 193-unit affordable seniors housing community in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. The property was previously the Ravenswood Hospital, which was built in 1974 and fell vacant in 2002. The redevelopment project cost $81 million and took a year-and-a-half to complete.Located between Damen and Ravenswood …

NRP Group to Develop Two Affordable Housing Properties Totaling 666 Units in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — The NRP Group, a Cleveland-based developer, will build two affordable housing properties totaling 666 units in San Antonio. Seven07 Lofts will feature 318 units in one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans that will be restricted to renters earning between 40 and 70 percent of the area median income (AMI). Amenities at Seven07 Lofts will include a fitness center and a pool. Frontera Crossing will total 348 residences with the same unit configurations and rental …

WinnCos. Completes $30.2M Mixed-Income Project in East Boston

BOSTON — Developer WinnCos. has completed a $30.2 million project that converted the waterfront site of an obsolete public housing development in East Boston into a 52-unit mixed-income complex. The site now houses 22 apartments to be rented to low-income households and 30 condominiums to be sold at market-rate prices. The rental units feature one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans. MassHousing provided a $6.6 million permanent mortgage and $3.6 million in bridge loan financing for …

Berkadia Provides $22.6M HUD-Insured Loan for Affordable Senior Living Property in Queens

NEW YORK CITY — Berkadia has provided a $22.6 million HUD-insured loan for Seagirt Seniors Housing, an affordable housing property located in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens. The 12-story, 120,278-square-foot building was built in 1985 with 151 Section 8 apartment units and one employee unit. Laura Smith of Berkadia originated the financing, which was structured with a 35-year term and a 71 percent loan-to-value ratio, through HUD’s 223(f) program. The borrower, New York-based …

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Go All-In on Affordable Housing Lending Following FHFA Revision

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) made sweeping changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s multifamily business pursuits for 2021. The FHFA revised the previous structure that capped loan production at $200 billion combined for both government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). And unlike most years, that cap was spread across five quarters spanning from the beginning of fourth-quarter 2019 to the end of 2020.For 2021, the FHFA is once again …

Palladium USA Breaks Ground on $55M Mixed-Income Project in South Dallas

DALLAS — Locally based developer Palladium USA has broken ground on Palladium Simpson Stuart, a 270-unit mixed-income project in South Dallas that is valued at $55 million. About 90 percent (243) of the units will be reserved for households earning between 40 and 80 percent of the area median income, while the remainder will be rented at market rates. Amenities will include a resort-style pool, dog park, trails, conference room, computer lab, kids’ playroom and a fitness center. HEDK is the …

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