REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
FAIRSTEAD | July 26, 2022
Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, today announced the acquisition of the historic Aurora Apartments (Aurora) tower in the Tobin Hill neighborhood of San Antonio. Located at 509 Howard Street, the 11-story building comprises 105 apartments that are home to low-income senior residents. Fairstead will invest $15 million to rehabilitate Aurora Apartments while preserving Aurora's affordability and historic character long-term.
The renovations will modernize the interior homes of the 92-year-old property and preserve its historic façade as well as original mosaic tile flooring and walls, historical interior doors, and hardware. Renovations will upgrade the infrastructure of the building including a new emergency generator, electrical panels and main switchgear, installing a sprinkler system, two new elevators, and new roofing. The apartments will also be upgraded with new Energy Star appliances, kitchens and bathrooms, and HVAC units. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
"Fairstead is proud to be stewards of historic properties across the country, and we are bringing our approach to preserving both history and affordability to the Aurora Apartments, By expanding our footprint in Texas, we can ensure that its critical affordable housing stock is not only protected but improved and modernized. Our plan to overhaul the homes at Aurora will ensure our senior residents can age in place with dignity – something we are committed to doing nationwide."
Allan Izzo, Director, Development at Fairstead
Fairstead is financing the rehabilitation in partnership with the Las Varas Public Facility Corporation, a nonprofit managed by the San Antonio Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Capital One, N.A., and Boston Financial.
"About half of the residents receiving housing assistance from SAHA are elderly on a fixed income," said Tim Alcott, the San Antonio Housing Authority Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer. "We celebrate partnerships that help maintain affordable housing options for the families we serve and provide a place of security."
"Boston Financial is proud to have partnered with Fairstead on the preservation of Aurora Apartments in San Antonio, Texas. Our investment has helped Fairstead to modernize 105 units of housing for the residents of this historic community, especially seniors, and preserved much-needed affordable homes for the region," said Stephen Napolitano, Senior Vice President, Boston Financial. "We believe in Fairstead's commitment to building vibrant communities across the US, and our work together reinforces our own vision to create a future where everyone has a home, one investment at a time."
"This renovation will help bring transformative change to Aurora Apartments with fully renovated unit interiors and common areas, as well as accessibility and energy efficiency improvements" said Evan Williams, senior vice president of Agency Finance at Capital One. "By leveraging our relationships with Fairstead and Freddie Mac, as well as the rest of the development team, Capital One was able to arrange an index lock, which mitigated the risk of interest volatility and ensured the project benefited from a 2.92% treasury rate."
Fairstead is partnering with the non-profit Rainbow Housing Assistance to provide much-needed social services to residents through the company's commitment to Community Impact.
"Rainbow is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Fairstead at Aurora Apartments. We are excited to bring valuable programs and services to the residents of the community and promote social and economic advancements while ensuring tenant stabilization," said Flynann Janisse, President and Executive Director of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation. "Rainbow will offer a variety of programs targeting financial literacy, credit enhancements, education, ESL, career development and immediate employment. We will establish tailored programing to meet the unique needs of each individual and family that calls Aurora Apartments home. We look forward to lifting lives in partnership with Fairstead."
Built in 1930 as a luxury hotel in the Neo-Gothic architectural style, Aurora is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its hand-carved fireplaces and grand common spaces, the vintage 11-story apartment building will remain a pet-friendly place to call home. Half of the building's units are reserved for residents making up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the other half are for households making up to 60 percent AMI.
This news follows Fairstead's recent acquisition of the 160-unit affordable housing complex Gateway Apartments at Lake Jackson in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Fairstead is renovating and expanding Gateway's amenity offerings, including a fitness room and playground, and is transforming the property's outdoor recreation spaces to create a more connected community for residents.
Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing. The firm's national footprint includes more than $6 billion in assets and identified pipeline. With offices in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, Fairstead's team manages 90+ communities across the country and runs its comprehensive real estate platform, which includes acquisitions and development, venture capital investments in prop tech, design and construction, energy and sustainability, property management, marketing, and leasing. The firm also administers one of the industry's most proactive community impact programs to provide on-site support services to residents.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. | May 15, 2022
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized and the Company has declared a monthly cash dividend on the Company's Series B Redeemable Preferred Stock (the Series B Preferred Stock) for the month of May 2022, equal to a quarterly rate of $15.00 per share (the Series B Preferred Dividends). In addition, the Board of Directors has authorized and the Company has declared a monthly cash dividend on the Company's Series T Redeemable Preferred Stock (the Series T Preferred Stock) for the month of May 2022, equal to a quarterly rate of $0.384375 per share (the Series T Preferred Dividends).
The Series B Preferred Dividends will be payable in cash as follows: $5.00 per share to be paid on Friday, June 3, 2022 to Series B Preferred stockholders of record as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
The Series T Preferred Dividends will be payable in cash as follows: $0.128125 per share to be paid on Friday, June 3, 2022 to Series T Preferred stockholders of record as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Shares of Series T Preferred Stock held for only a portion of the applicable monthly dividend period will receive a prorated Series T Preferred Dividend based on the actual number of days in the applicable dividend period during which each such share of Series T Preferred Stock was outstanding, as permitted under the Articles Supplementary to the Company's charter dated November 13, 2019.
About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. | May 24, 2022
Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc., an institutionally managed, public non-listed REIT, announced it acquired a majority interest in Everly Roseland, a 384,648 square foot, 360-unit garden-style multifamily community across 30 two-story buildings, following a partial sale to an affiliate. The property is located at 28 Nob Hill Road in Roseland, New Jersey and it is 95% leased. This acquisition is part of a joint venture with Skylight Real Estate Partners, a regional, privately-held real estate investment firm with a focus on multifamily investment and development.
With the future of work changing traditional office commutes, we continue to see strong demand for affordable, low-density multifamily properties proximate to the urban core. Additionally, Roseland is a desirable community with fairly high barriers to new development and it aligns with our investment strategy for multifamily."
R. Scott Dennis, President and Chief Executive Officer for INREIT
Built in 1980, Everly Roseland is one of the largest multifamily assets in West Essex County submarket. An affiliate of Skylight owned the property in a joint venture since 2017. Through the recapitalization of the asset, Invesco and Skylight will continue executing on the unit renovation program, including upgrades to the common areas and exteriors. Skylight will also serve as the property manager for Everly Roseland.
"Everly Roseland is a well-performing property with a multitude of value creation strategies to unlock," said Andrew Miller, Founding Partner at Skylight Real Estate Partners. "We started unit renovations and the construction of an amenities center, which has helped to modernize the building. We share the same vision as our partners at Invesco in continuing to transform Everly Roseland back to its premier status."
This investment expands INREIT's multifamily portfolio into the Northeastern United States. The transaction also establishes a relationship with new partner, Skylight. This transaction was advised by JLL Capital Markets debt advisory team and financed by U.S. Bank. The JLL Capital Markets debt advisory team was led by Michael Klein, Matthew Pizzolato, John Rose and Gerard Quinn.
Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. (INREIT) is an institutionally managed, public non-listed monthly NAV REIT investing in a diversified portfolio of high quality, income producing properties located throughout the United States. Its thematic approach to investing focuses on where people consume, live, innovate and connect. INREIT seeks to invest in properties with resilient income and appreciation potential. INREIT expects to diversify its portfolio over time, including on a global basis. INREIT is managed by Invesco Advisers, Inc., a subsidiary of Invesco Ltd. and the registered investment adviser for Invesco Real Estate, the real estate investment center of Invesco Ltd.
About Invesco Real Estate
Invesco Real Estate is a global leader in the real estate investment management business with $91.8 billion in real estate assets under management, 582 employees and 21 regional offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific (as of December 31, 2021). Invesco Real Estate has been actively investing in core, value-add and opportunistic real estate strategies since 1983. Invesco Real Estate is the real estate investment center of Invesco Ltd., an independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life.
About Skylight Real Estate Partners
Skylight Real Estate Partners is a privately held real estate investment firm with deep experience acquiring, developing and managing residential and commercial assets in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Central and South Florida. The team's management platform is focused on three complementary investment strategies: value-add, development and distressed opportunities. Since 1998, the founding partners have collectively invested $5.5 billion of equity in assets totaling over $16 billion of gross asset value. This experience comprises over 9,000 residential units and 20 million square feet of office and retail assets. Skylight offers its investors, tenants and partners extensive market knowledge, long-standing relationships and institutional thinking fueled by a motivated and deeply experienced leadership team with a proven record of consistent success.
JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 95,000 as of September 30, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.