CARMEL, Ind. – Leading financial services provider Merchants Capital announced today it has arranged $13 million in debt financing and $7.2 million in equity financing to support the renovation and redevelopment of Adcock Joyner Apartments in Oakland, California. The mixed-use property is a historic development, originally constructed in 1915 as a hotel and converted into affordable housing in the early 1990s.
Situated at 532 16th St. in the heart of downtown Oakland, Adcock Joyner provides housing for residents earning no greater than 50% or 60% of the area median income (AMI). The property features 25 studio and 25 one-bedroom apartments with excellent walkability to Oakland’s public transportation and major thoroughfares. The first floor of the mixed-used development features more than 2,500 square feet of commercial space occupied by a local nonprofit that helps homeless, poor and disabled individuals achieve health and self-sufficiency.
To finance the renovation, Merchants Capital provided more than $20 million in total debt and equity financing, which will fully fund the project through the 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Following completion of the renovation, the property will operate under a new Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract covering 100% of the revenue-generating units, ensuring the property will remain affordable for residents in the years to come.
“Right now, the need for quality, affordable housing is exponential in the U.S. but especially in the state of California,” said Eddie Dietrick, Vice President at Merchants Capital. “With our full-service lending platform, we are able to better serve the needs of our clients and support their work in revitalizing affordable housing properties across the country. We are grateful to have partnered on this project and look forward to expanding Merchants’ presence along the West Coast.”
“The California housing market is truly unlike any other in the country, and we are thrilled to showcase Merchants’ commitment to the area by serving as the financier for this important redevelopment project,” said Linda Hill, Executive Vice President of Tax Credit Equity at Merchants Capital. “We are working to expand our presence nationally and having the opportunity to partner on such a significant California property is a step in the right direction for our company.”
Significant renovations will be made in each residential unit, including upgrades to all kitchen surfaces and appliances, all bathroom surfaces and fixtures, plumbing, flooring, electrical updates and more. Exterior renovations include repairs to the building’s fire escape, new roofing, new HVAC units, elevator upgrades, enhanced security systems and more. The first-floor commercial space will be reconfigured and renovated, with new kitchen cabinets, fixtures and flooring among others.
“We are excited about the project and our partnership with Merchants Capital and Progressive Affordable Development,” said James Hill, President of Adcock Joyner Preservation. “This renovation helps us continue our long-term objective of providing stable affordable housing in the downtown Oakland sector. We value our relationship with Merchants Capital and are most grateful for the expertise and support provided while we bring our vision into reality.”
Renovation to the property began in November 2021 and is expected to be completed by January 2023.