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Community Preservation Corporation – $29 Million Morris Heights Mews Affordable Housing Joint Venture in The Bronx

Represented The Community Preservation Corporation in a joint venture with Camber Property Group to acquire Morris Heights Mews, a 100 percent affordable property in The Bronx, for $29 million, which will preserve and extend affordability for 111 units. A new 20-year Section 8 contract was executed, and the joint venture will undertake approximately $3 million in improvements to the complex.

River View Towers – Mitchell-Lama Affordable Housing Refinancing

Represented River View Towers, a 385-unit, 24-story, affordable housing Mitchell-Lama cooperative built in 1964 located in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood for the $33.3 million total financing package comprised of a $12.3 million private loan from CBRE Multifamily Capital Markets, a $20.4 million subordinate Subsidy Loan from the New York State Housing Finance Agency (“HFA”), and a $577K grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”). After prepaying existing debt, approximately $26.5 million will be used for property capital improvements including Local Law 11 façade work, new windows and roof, mechanical upgrades and replacements, and numerous other projects. This deal is important not only because it is preserving 300+ units of affordable housing for the long-term, but it is only the fourth refinancing under HFA’s Subsidy Loan Program.

Property Markets Group – Gowanus Redevelopment, Brooklyn

Representing Property Markets Group (PMG) regarding New York City’s rezoning study for the Gowanus Canal area. Herrick successfully completed a year-long review process at the New York City Planning Department to "certify" the Gowanus Canal public access plan – include a 20,000 sq. ft. shorefront esplanade PMG's development site at Sackett and Bond Streets. We are thrilled that PMG is one of the first developers in the Gowanus to gain approval from City Planning following the November 2021 rezoning of the area. This critical milestone and approval will now allow PMG to proceed with a Building Permit to allow construction at their site – providing the team with enough time to complete construction and qualify for the now-expired 421-a program before the final June 2026 deadline. The Development is currently planned to include 500+ units of housing, including a significant permanently affordable housing component, ground floor retail, and a publicly-accessible esplanade and open space filled with recreational activities, art, and amenities along the Gowanus Canal.

“Penn South” Mutual Redevelopment Houses – Ground Lease

Represented Mutual Redevelopment Houses, also known as Penn South, the 99-year ground lease with MAG Partners. Penn South is a 10-building Mitchell-Lama housing cooperative in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that sprawls from West 23rd to West 29th streets, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. MAG Partner’s new project at 335 Eighth Avenue will rise seven stories and host 188 units in the mixed-income apartment building, along with ground-floor commercial space.

Bowery Residents’ Committee – Joint Venture for NYC Affordable Housing

Represented Bowery Residents' Committee in connection with its joint venture with Camber Property Group to develop an affordable housing project comprising supportive housing and transitional housing in Queens, NY. The transaction involved construction financing for each of the supportive housing development and transitional housing development.  

Historic & New Market Tax Credits – Redevelopment of Historic Building Philadelphia, PA

Represented a regional bank and their investment partner in financing the acquisition and redevelopment of a historic building in Philadelphia into a 254,000-sq.-ft. public health campus which will serve the local community and for which the bank will receive New Markets Tax Credits. The project was also financed with Historic Tax Credits due to the nature of the building’s historical importance.

New Market Tax Credits – Large Ohio Redevelopment

Represented a regional bank and their investment partner in financing the acquisition and redevelopment of an approximately 800,000-sq.-ft. facility in Ohio to serve as a new distribution and products assembly center for a farm supply store which will breed new jobs and opportunity for the community and for which the bank will receive New Markets Tax Credits.

Community Preservation Corporation – Affordable Housing – New York

Represented Community Preservation Corporation in connection with its master joint venture with Xenolith Partners LLC, a certified minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) company, to develop affordable housing in New York.

New Market Tax Credits – Redevelopment of Indiana Industrial Facility

Represented a regional bank and their investment partner in financing the modernization and expansion of an industrial facility in Indiana. The facility will add approximately 20,000-sq.-ft. of additional manufacturing space which will be used for additional manufacturing lines.  Once final, the renovated and updated facility will create an additional 20 to 30 jobs in the community.

New Market Tax Credits – Construction of Mixed-Use Building – West Virginia

Represented a regional bank and their investment partner in financing the construction of a mixed-use building in West Virginia with commercial space and 16 rental apartments. The apartments are targeted to provide affordable housing to teachers in the community.

Community Preservation Corporation – YWCA Supportive Housing – Schenectady, NY

Represented Community Preservation Corporation in connection with a joint venture with Xenolith Partners LLC, a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) company, to develop the first phase of a supportive housing and social services community center with the YWCA located in Schenectady, New York.

New Market Tax Credits – Financing for Los Angeles Hospital

Represented a regional bank and their investment partner in financing the ongoing operational costs of a community hospital in Los Angeles, California. Herrick rapidly closed the transaction, contending with a requirement to close by year end to meet regulatory and tax compliance requirements. 

Community Preservation Corporation & Xenolith Partners – Affordable and Transition Housing Development – Brooklyn

Represented Community Preservation Corporation in connection with a joint venture with Xenolith Partners LLC, a certified minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) company, and the construction financing to develop “The Rise” located at 1366 East New York Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Under the Vital Brooklyn Initiative, “The Rise” will consist of 72 supportive and affordable housing units; approximately 7,000 square feet of community facility space; 3,000 square feet of administrative space for One Brooklyn Health System (OBHS); 5 parking spaces; and a 10,000+ square foot rooftop green space. Supportive services for building residents will be provided by Women's Prison Association and Home (WPA) and the Osborne Association, who will also offer services to eligible members of the community, including case management, job-readiness training and job placement, legal assistance and support groups for re-entry transition and the development of social and wellness skills.

Community Preservation Corporation – Mezz Loan for Affordable Housing with CPC ACCESS

Represented The Community Preservation Corporation in connection with a mezzanine loan for the development and rehabilitation of numerous housing projects located in New York City. The loan was made pursuant to CPC’s new initiative called CPC ACCESS, which focuses on getting more and more flexible capital into the hands of emerging, minority real estate developers in the affordable housing space so they can do more and benefit more from their efforts, thereby building their balance sheets and businesses.

The Forest Road Company – $17 Million Loan Secured by Tax Credits

In the first transaction of its kind in New York, Herrick represented The Forest Road Company in connection with a $17 million mortgage loan secured primarily by up to $22 million in New York Brownfield Tax Credits relating to a property located in New York City. The Tax Credits and related proceeds will be earned after demolition of the existing structure, performance of environmental remediation pursuant to a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement overseen by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and construction and placing into service of a new residential building at the site.

Community Preservation Corporation – Affordable Housing

Represented long-standing client, The Community Preservation Corporation, in a joint venture that preserves 1,036 high-quality affordable and supportive housing units in 13 buildings located throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. The proceeds of the joint venture’s purchase will be used to capitalize a newly formed charitable organization, Blue Sky Social Justice Fund, which is focused on social justice and human rights, including LGBTQI+ rights, water and energy access, anti-slavery and the Black developers network.