Berkadia Structures $51M in Financing for Affordable Community in GA

Berkadia announced today that it structured $51 million in financing for the redevelopment of Riverwood Townhouses, an affordable housing development in Jonesboro, Georgia.  The property was recently acquired by Vitus, a national developer and owner of affordable housing.Senior Managing Director Tim Leonhard of Berkadia Affordable Housing secured both $25.9 million of acquisition bridge financing and $25.3 million of permanent financing used to rehabilitate the property. The bridge loan had a 4.25 percent adjustable interest rate and was provided through Berkadia’s proprietary bridge lending platform. The permanent loan was provided through Freddie Mac’s affordable housing program.

“Berkadia has been focused on expanding affordable housing product offerings and diversification.  The ability to offer proprietary bridge lending has been critical to helping our clients fulfill their investment objectives and has brought more affordable housing to the communities that need it most,” said Leonhard.

Located at 681 Flint River Rd, Riverwood Townhouses is a 282-unit, affordable housing development that features one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units.  100 percent of the units are rent restricted to 60 percentarea median income.The property will be undergoing interior and exterior renovations as part of the re-syndication. The property’s amenitiesinclude a business center/computer lab, clubhouse, community room, playground and picnic area.

“Through our financing partnership with Berkadia, we arethrilled to be able to make such a significant investment at Riverwood Townhouses,” said Samantha Cullen, development management director at Vitus. “These propertyimprovements will help provide high-quality, affordable housing to our residents and benefit the surrounding community as a whole.”

About Berkadia®:

Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Through our integrated mortgage banking, investment sales and servicing platform, Berkadia delivers comprehensive real estate solutions for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets.

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About Vitus:
At Vitus, our mission is to create positive impact – one community, one family and one life at a time. Since 1996 we have partnered with lenders, investors and public agencies to preserve and extend the life of existing affordable housing across the country in markets with the greatest need. Through holistic renovation, we focus on the well-being of residents and rejuvenating the surrounding community to both improve the overall quality of each property and incorporate features that promote physical activity, community gathering and energy efficiency. To date, our team has provided stable homes for more than 25,000 residents in 29 states.