Housing Trust Group Completes $15M Seniors Housing Community in Fort Lauderdale

by Jeff Shaw

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — Housing Trust Group (HTG) has completed the construction of Village Place Apartments, a $15 million, 112-unit senior affordable housing community for ages 55 and up.

The mid-rise community is located at 720 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, blocks from the Las Olas Boulevard district. The property, which is already 100 percent leased, features units with granite countertops, split-level designs and eco-friendly features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-VOC paint, Energy-Star qualified appliances, Energy-Star windows and energy efficient HVAC systems.

HTG and architect Sotolongo Salman Henderson of Miami have designed and constructed Village Place to be designated a green building in line with the National Green Building Standards. The apartment community includes a gated entrance, community center with computers and Wi-Fi access throughout, swimming pool and a fitness room with exercise equipment. Residents will also have access to The Wave Modern Streetcar transit system that is scheduled to open in 2017.

Project financing was provided by U.S. Bank in the amount of $38.6 million through its community development subsidiary, including a $13.2 million construction loan; a $3 million permanent financing loan; and $22.4 million of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., awarded by the Florida Housing Finance Corp.

Project funding also included $125,000 from Broward County Housing. As an affordable housing development, half of the units are reserved for households earning no more than 50 percent of the area median income. The two-bedroom monthly rental rate is $903 and the one-bedroom monthly rental rate is $760.

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