ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 11, 2014--
U.S. Bank announced today that it closed on several tax-credit financing
packages of more than $77 million with Dominium, a leading apartment
development and management company, to develop the century-old Arcade
Building into a mixed-use space for university classes and 282 market
rate and affordable-housing apartments.
The renovation of the 18-floor, 500,000-square-foot building at 800
Olive St. includes 202 affordable and 80 market-rate apartments, ranging
from one to three bedrooms. The affordable-housing units are
specifically designed to meet the needs of artists, offering one- to
three-bedroom apartments as well as over 13,000 square feet of artist
“Tremendous persistence, commitment and a deep desire to support the
emergence of downtown St. Louis as an arts and innovation community kept
our team motivated to make this development come to fruition,” said Zack
Boyers, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp Community
Development Corporation (USBCDC). “The Arcade Building is in the heart
of a now-thriving neighborhood that USBCDC is proud to have been working
to reinvigorate for many years.”
Dominium plans to market the affordable housing units to artists, based
on its record of successfully leasing loft space in the Leather Trades
and Metropolitan Artist Lofts buildings in St. Louis and Schmidt Artist
Lofts in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
“This is the third artist loft project in St. Louis that we have
partnered on with USBCDC, and, without a doubt, no other investor in the
U.S. would have made such a complex deal happen except them,” said Jeff
Huggett, vice president and project partner for Dominium of Plymouth,
Minnesota. “We are excited to provide the St. Louis region with a
development that attracts artists to the area and gives them work and
performance space to spur their creativity. Cities with flourishing
artist communities attract other artists and new residents seeking a
vibrant cultural environment. Our experience has proven that artist
lofts are economic development drivers. ”
The Arcade’s first two floors and mezzanine of 55,000 square feet will
be leased to Webster University for classes, a 170-seat auditorium,
community kitchen and an art gallery. This expands the Webster
University campus downtown to 85,000 square feet from 33,000 square
feet, including its presence in the Old Post Office.
Dominium projects that Webster University will be able to move in as
early as December 2015 and construction on the remaining space will
finish in January 2016. The renovation is a major part of the
much-desired redevelopment of the Old Post Office Square.
“Redevelopment of the historic Arcade Building wouldn’t have been
possible without the partnership of these organizations and the
availability of tax credits, especially New Markets Tax Credits.
Breathing new life into this century-old building will move the city
forward in our goal of making downtown a hub of residential and
commercial activity for the region,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
U.S. Bank invested $77 million raised through its investments in federal
New Markets Tax Credits, federal and state historic tax credits and a
separate investment arranged from federal low-income housing tax credits.
U.S. Bank Community Lending Division provided a $44 million construction
loan, partially bridging the equity provided by USBCDC. BMO Harris Bank
provided bridge and permanent construction financing, Cornerstone
Permanent Mortgage Fund (Boston Capital Finance) provided a permanent
loan and the City of St. Louis provided a $4.8 million loan.
New Markets Tax Credits for the project were allocated by U.S. Bank, St.
Louis Development Corp., Enterprise Bank & Trust, National Trust
Community Investment Corp. and Central Bank of Kansas City. The
low-income housing credits were allocated by Missouri Housing
Development Commission, which also provided a federal HOME loan and
Affordable Housing Assistance Program tax credits.
Founded in 1972, Dominium is a
Minneapolis-based owner, developer and manager of apartment communities
nationwide. With more than 21,600 owned and/or managed units at 192
sites in 18 states, Dominium is known for creative solutions to unique
and challenging development projects and management expertise. For more
information, visit www.dominiumapartments.com.
About Webster University
Webster University, founded in 1915
with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only Tier
1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world,
including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as
American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and
Asia. Its mission as a worldwide institution is to ensure high-quality
learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and
About U.S. Bank Community Lending Division
Community Lending Division, part of U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate,
provides financing to both for-profit and non-profit developers for the
construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of rental housing for low-
and moderate income individuals and families. One of the nation’s top
lenders in this space, the group originated nearly $1.1 billion last
year in loans to support the development of affordable housing across
About U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
more than $14.4 billion in assets as of June 30, 2014, U.S. Bancorp
Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, provides
innovative financing solutions for community development projects across
the country using state and federally sponsored tax credit programs.
USBCDC's commitments provide capital investment to areas that need it
the most and have contributed to the creation of new jobs, the
rehabilitation of historic buildings, the construction of needed
affordable and market-rate homes, the development of renewable energy
facilities, and the generation of commercial economic activity in
underserved communities. Visit USBCDC on the web at www.usbank.com/cdc.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $389 billion
in assets as of June 30, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank
National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United
States. The Company operates 3,174 banking offices in 25 states and
5,005 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage,
insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to
consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Editors/Photographers: A hard-hat tour of the building will be
available TODAY at 1 p.m. at the 8th
Street entrance of the Arcade Building across from the Laclede Gas
Building. Closed-toe shoes are required for the tour.
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Source: U.S. Bank
Shera Dalin, U.S. Bank Public Relations
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