Greystone Helps Preserve 1,058 Affordable Housing Units in Florida in $130.8M Transaction

by John Nelson

NEW YORK — Greystone Affrodable Housing Initiatives LLC has closed a $130.8 million transaction to help preserve 1,058 affordable housing units in Florida. The 24 aged properties are located in 12 counties throughout the state. Completed on behalf of owner and operator The Hallmark Cos. Inc., the financing included $41.6 million in tax-exempt bonds by Osceola County; Boston Financial purchasing $28.1 million in 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; HUD’s assumption of $26.7 million of original USDA Section 515 debt, which provides subsidized financing to developers of affordable housing in rural markets; $29.9 million in senior debt; and $4.5 million in additional capital. Greystone worked closely with the USDA’s Rural Housing Service, as well as Osceola County Housing Finance Authority and Florida Housing Finance Corp. in the transaction. Hallmark will use the funds to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the 24 properties over the next 12 months at an average of $32,000 per unit. The redevelopment team includes Columbia, Mo.-based architect Wallace Architects LLC and Roswell, Ga.-based general contractor Formula Construction Group.

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