Midwest

MILWAUKEE — Inland Venture Partners LLC (IVP), the private equity real estate arm of Inland Real Estate Investment Corp., has completed a $27 million capital raise for a 261-unit project in Milwaukee. The project was consummated through one of Inland’s joint venture partners, Kaeding Development Group LLC. The development site is located at 245 Harbor Drive in the city’s Historic Third Ward. Construction began in March 2023, and the developers expect to begin leasing the community in January 2025.

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Island Terrace in Chicago

CHICAGO — Merchants Capital has provided $103 million for the rehabilitation of Island Terrace, an affordable housing community situated across from the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The financing consists of $54 million of debt and $49 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit(LIHTC) equity financing. Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH), the owner and developer, was the borrower. Island Terrace comprises 240 units across 21 stories. Prior to the recapitalization, only 88 units carried affordable restrictions. The new financing structure enabled POAH to expand the affordability restrictions to …

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Solstice in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri

The combination of sustained job and population growth has put St. Charles County in the “Show-Me State” on the map and served as a catalyst for multifamily development. Buoyed by the presence of several multinational companies such as Amazon, General Motors and MasterCard, the county is home to several thriving suburbs northwest of St. Louis and posted a nearly 15 percent increase in population from 2010 to 2022. The number of residents rose from 360,485 to an estimated 413,803 during that period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. St. Charles …

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Kathleen Milisky, principal, Utility Revenue Services

— By Kathleen Milisky of Utility Revenue Services (URS) — Every developer knows all too well the headaches that can arise from utilities while building or managing a community. Time lost to issues such as power outages, delayed inspections and miscommunication can add unnecessary costs to any project. Smart utilities management is an effective way to stay ahead of problems before they start. Owners have the option of turning responsibility for the utilities over to an expert before they even pull a construction trailer onto the development site. It can …

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CHICAGO — Essex Realty Group Inc. has arranged the sales of two buildings totaling 35 units in Chicago. Joe Kahlhammer, Robert Berman, Mike Anguiano, Daniel Shabsin, Jeremy DeMarco and Russell Tillery of Essex represented the seller in each deal. The first building offers 16 units and is located on South Indiana Avenue in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. The second asset comprises 19 units and is situated on South Drexel Avenue in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

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DULUTH, MINN. — Kraus-Anderson Duluth has completed Zenith DCHS, a $34.9 million adaptive reuse project in downtown Duluth. The project converted the Historic Old Central High School into 122 apartments. The building was originally constructed in 1892 as Duluth Central High School and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The converted building was designed by AWH Architects and is owned by Saturday Properties. The four-story building offers amenities such as a fitness center, sauna, coworking space, auditorium and workshop, and also boasts the city’s landmark clock tower.

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Oxenfree at Princeton in Princeton, Texas

CHICAGO — Core Spaces plans to expand its build-to-rent brand, Oxenfree. The Chicago-based developer currently has a pipeline of approximately 4,000 units under development in markets such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Charlotte and Florida’s Gulf Coast. The company plans to begin leasing at its first two communities — Oxenfree at WeHo in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oxenfree at Princeton in Princeton, Texas — in March, with the first units slated to deliver by April. Oxenfree at WeHo is located in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. The asset offers 96 townhome units …

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Affordable Housing Demand Berkadia Marge Novak quote

Multifamily & Affordable Housing Business sat down with Marge Novak, senior vice president and head of Capital Markets at Berkadia, for a question-and-answer discussion about the current state of the affordable housing market and the challenges likely to influence 2024. Multifamily & Affordable Housing Business: How is the affordable housing market faring in the current economic conditions? Novak: With increased inflation and interest rates, home prices hit all-time highs, making them less affordable than at the height of the 2006 housing bubble. While buyers waited for prices to fall, sellers …

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Light Road Apartments in Oswego, Illinois

OSWEGO, ILL. — Marcus & Millichap has negotiated the sale of Light Road Apartments, a 168-unit community in the Chicago suburb of Oswego. Ryan Engle and Andrean Angelov of Marcus & Millichap’s Chicago Oak Brook office represented the seller in the deal. Engle and Angelov, in conjunction with Zack Mahoney, also procured the buyer. Both the buyer and the seller were private investors. Light Road Apartments was built in 1972 on 10 acres. The property offers 98 one-bedroom units and 70 two-bedroom units. Amenities include a clubhouse, pool, off-street parking and …

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Ascent MKE in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — JLL Capital Markets has arranged $98 million for the refinancing of Ascent MKE, a 25-story high-rise community in Milwaukee. JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, an affiliate of New Land Enterprises, to secure the three-year, floating-rate loan through Barings Real Estate. Tim Joyce, Trent Niederberger, Mike Brady, Ryan Sullivan and Michael Gurwin led the JLL Capital Markets Debt Advisory team. Ascent MKE was built in 2022. The property offers 259 units in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Units average 1,055 square feet in size and include smart …

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