Housing Trust Group Delivers Phase II of Affordable Housing Complex in Central Florida

by Alex Tostado

BROOKSVILLE, FLA. — Housing Trust Group has delivered Phase II of Freedom Gardens, an affordable housing complex in Brooksville. Phase II comprises 94 units, bringing Freedom Gardens to a total of 190 units. A majority of the units are reserved for residents earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), while 10 units are reserved for those making 40 percent of the AMI. The community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, with monthly rents ranging from $503 to $1,045 per month. Freedom Gardens is located at 932 Freedom Way, about 50 miles north of downtown Tampa. Phase II was financed with an $8.4 million construction loan from CitiBank backed with a Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Note from Florida Housing Finance Corp., permanent financing from CitiBank of up to $5.2 million, $5.9 million of 4 percent low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity through Raymond James, a $5.5 million State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) and a $493,400 Extremely Low Income (ELI) loan, both through Florida Housing Finance Corp.

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