KeyBank Provides $39.4M for Redevelopment of Apartment Property in Cleveland

by Kristin Harlow

CLEVELAND — KeyBank Real Estate Capital and KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment have provided a total of $39.4 million in financing for the redevelopment and preservation of Commodore Apartments in Cleveland. Specifically, KeyBank provided a $16.6 million low-income housing tax credit equity investment, an $11.6 million construction loan and an $11.1 million FHA 221(d)(4) first mortgage loan. The 12-story, high-rise building was originally constructed in 1924 as a hotel and later converted into apartment units in 1964, with renovations in 2008 and 2010. The 198-unit apartment complex features 23 studio, 142 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom units. A project-based Section 8 HAP contract will provide rental assistance for 144 units for tenants earning between 30 to 60 percent of the area median income. Rehabilitation plans call for the replacement of the roof, elevator modernization, new fire alarm system installation, replacement of domestic water supply and waste plumbing, accessibility upgrades, and in-unit renovations, including upgrading the kitchens, baths, flooring and interior doors. Jeff Rodman, Kelly Frank and Victoria O’Brien of KeyBank originated the financing. Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the city of Cleveland and The Community Builders were financing partners.

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