CARMEL, Ind. – Mortgage banking company Merchants Capital today announces that it has provided a three-year bridge loan for Centennial Aspen, a 148-unit workforce housing complex located in Aspen, Colorado. The acquisition of the project is financed through Merchants Bank of Indiana (MBI) on behalf of Birge & Held Asset Management, which currently owns and manages over 11,000 apartment units across the country, with offices in Indianapolis, Ind. and Denver, Colo.
Merchants Capital Corp. intends to further provide long-term, permanent financing for the project either through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s preservation platforms or through a syndication of new tax credits via Fannie, Freddie or HUD.
Located at the base of Smugger Mountain at 100 Luke Short Ct., Centennial Aspen was built in 1986 and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The property was built with a Land Use Restriction Agreement (LURA) that required 100% of the rental units to be used for workforce housing.
In Aspen, Colorado, the average household and median income are both higher than the state of Colorado as a whole. This creates an environment where the cost of living is higher in this area than others in the state, contributing to higher housing costs. Under the LURA, Centennial Aspen’s units are rented to residents with incomes ranging from 50% to 120% of the area’s median income (AMI).
“Centennial Aspen serves true workforce residents who might otherwise be unable to live in a high-cost city such as Aspen,” said Merchants Capital Vice President Eddie Dietrick. “We’re honored to provide this bridge loan which furthers our mission of providing high quality, affordable housing options across the country in critical job centers.”
The 11-building, three-story multifamily property features studio, one, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Apartment amenities include exterior entrances, an exterior storage unit and electric heat, while community amenities include an onsite laundry facility and office, a playground and assigned parking spaces.
“Birge & Held is very excited about the acquisition of Centennial Apartments, as it is a perfect match with our workforce housing portfolio in one of the most unique markets in the country,” said Birge & Held President and Co-Owner Andrew Held. “Merchants Capital has been a great partner of ours for decades, and understands the need for supporting affordable housing in markets like Aspen.”
The workforce housing option is conveniently located near local grocery stores, pharmacies and ski resort options, and residents can take a 15-minute walk or utilize the free RFTA bus to travel into downtown.