Merchants Capital Secures $16M Construction Financing for Affordable Housing Property in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Merchants Capital has secured $16 million in construction and permanent financing for The Redwell, a 109-unit affordable housing property in the North Loop District of Minneapolis. The financing includes a Merchants Bank of Indiana construction loan and a Fannie Mae mortgage-backed security as tax-exempt bond (M.TEB) forward loan. This type of Fannie Mae loan can be used to finance the new construction and rehabilitation of multifamily affordable housing properties. Financing also included $7.9 million in low-income housing tax credit equity. Schafer Richardson and WNC were the borrowers.

The Redwell will rise six stories and include first-floor commercial space. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) will provide 22 Section 8 vouchers whereby households will pay 30 percent of their income toward rent, with the balance paid by federal subsidies administered by MPHA. The remaining units will be priced at the fair-market rate for 60 percent of the area median income.

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