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NTCIC Closes on Financing for Findlay Parkside Project in Cincinnati, OH

Written By: NTCIC

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2023: National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) is excited to announce the successful financial closing of Findlay Parkside, a $27 million adaptive reuse project in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH. NTCIC provided a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and equity investments in the $9 million in federal and state Historic Tax Credits (HTCs) generated by the initiative to support the creation of mixed-income housing and commercial spaces in one of the country’s most intact urban historic districts.

The Findlay Parkside project showcases a unique use of tax credit financing by revitalizing nine scattered site low-rise buildings within a single transaction. Once complete, they will become 51 apartments, with 26 designated as affordable housing, and over 16,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial retail space supporting up to 10 small businesses, primarily focused on BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Buildings surrounding Findlay Market in Cincinnati and the subjects of the Findlay Parkside project.

“Buildings with project costs under $5 million are underrepresented in the NMTC industry,” said NTCIC Project Manager Tony Maruca. “It takes a visionary developer such as The Model Group to package nine such buildings (comprising 10 building permits and 11 separate NPS applications) into an efficient NMTC/HTC twin deal. The Model Group was able to marshal all the necessary public and private sources because of their unwavering commitment to delivering on the community impacts. This project builds on their previous work in Over-the-Rhine, creating affordable housing and supporting small businesses, which are what makes the neighborhood special.”

A prime example of historic preservation, sustainable development, and social impact, the Findlay Parkside project will generate 160 construction and permanent jobs and is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, emphasizing the importance of retaining and repurposing existing structures to reduce waste, decrease the consumption of raw materials, and lower carbon emissions compared to new construction or demolition.

NTCIC supported the project completion by sourcing, underwriting, and facilitating the equity investment in the $9 million in federal and state Historic Tax Credits generated by the revitalization efforts. NTCIC also provided $10 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation from their 2019 allocation round, which prioritizes investments in impactful commercial and mixed-use projects that serve as centerpieces for local redevelopment plans, elimination of blight, and the stimulation of economic activity.

Other financing sources included NMTC source debt, HTC bridge debt, sponsor equity, and additional NMTC allocation from RBC Community Capital and Truist Community Capital. TIF financing from the City of Cincinnati is also anticipated.