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Merchants Capital Raises $2.7M in Institutional Equity to Support Neighborhood Housing Revitalization in Indianapolis

CARMEL, Ind. – Merchants Capital’s real estate equity team, in partnership with First Merchants Bank, The National Bank of Indianapolis, and Merchants Bank of Indiana, announces the closing of Indiana Social Impact Housing Equity Fund II, LP. The Fund targets large scale revitalization of vacant single-family homes in traditionally disinvested neighborhoods in and around downtown Indianapolis.

The fund infused $2.7M in institutional private equity to support the mission of Full Circle Development. Full Circle will target investment in underserved center city neighborhoods to construct or rehabilitate vacant or abandoned homes, prioritizing women- and minority-owned contractors and subcontractors.

Target homebuyers of the as-renovated homes are existing neighborhood residents and families that work in or near downtown with household incomes lower than 120% of the area median income. The added hope is that investment in these communities revive schools and parks, attract businesses, reduce crime, and improve the overall quality of neighborhood living in central Indianapolis.

“This capital infusion allows Full Circle to work at scale to address Indy’s dramatic shortage of quality homes attainable to workforce homebuyers, while being a part of re-establishing a thriving real estate market at the neighborhood level,” said Mark Buckingham, President of Full Circle Development.

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Julie Sharp

“We’d like to thank our investor partners, First Merchants Bank, The National Bank of Indianapolis, and Merchants Bank of Indiana who share our belief that coming together towards a common goal will make the difference our community needs” said Julie Sharp, Senior Vice President of Merchants Capital, the fund’s managing general partner.

“We’re excited to embark on this joint effort that affirms our mission of helping our communities thrive,” said Mike Stewart, President of First Merchants Bank. “The fund offers a holistic approach to improving our neighborhoods because it reduces vacant homes but also prioritizes current residents and employing minority- and women-owned contracting businesses.”

“We are proud to be an investor in Merchants Capital’s Indiana Social Impact Housing Equity Fund II.” said Mark Bruin, President and CEO of The National Bank of Indianapolis. “The National Bank of Indianapolis believes that through equitable access to capital and dynamic lending partnerships such as this, we can help build a thriving community where families have access to quality affordable housing.”

“We share a passion with Full Circle Development and our investment partners that quality affordable housing can revive communities in the great city of Indianapolis.” said Michael F. Petrie, Chairman of Merchants Bank of Indiana. “We thank them for their partnership.”

To learn more about  Merchants Capital and its services, visit www.merchantscapital.com or find Merchants Capital on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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