Community Preservation Partners (CPP), one of the nation’s most active affordable housing preservation developers, today announced completed renovations on three family-focused communities in Arizona: Buckeye Villa (Buckeye), Morningside Villa (Phoenix) and Tempe Villa (Tempe). CPP acquired the HUD Section 8 properties in February for $30 million, bringing them into the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program and deepening the affordability for another 20 years.
“Everyone has the fundamental right to quality and affordable housing, and the three Arizona projects showcase CPP’s dedication to preservation work that creates a more sustainable future,” said Anand Kannan, president at CPP. “By engaging with new local partners, we were able to provide high-quality renovations that truly matter to the residents, while safeguarding rents and providing stability for families.”
At $51 million, the total development cost included extensive renovations. All 170 units across the three properties received new stainless-steel appliances, cabinets, flooring, quartz kitchen counters and bath vanities (including sinks and faucets), LED light fixtures, windows and cordless blinds. On the exterior, CPP installed new roofs, benches and bike racks, and refreshed the exterior paint and landscaping. CPP also upgraded overall site accessibility including accessible laundry equipment.
CPP minimized the impact on residents by completing construction on each of the three properties in just three months. Additionally, the firm provided existing residents access to moving companies, hotel accommodations and meal stipends during construction. Committed to investing in residents for the long-term, CPP is partnering with Rainbow Housing to provide support services starting in January 2022, including financial literacy, employment readiness, health/nutrition and other programs to help elevate the community.
CPP worked with like-minded partners including the Foundation for Affordable Housing (non-profit partner and managing general partner), Greystone (lender and broker), WNC (equity investor), Arizona Department of Housing (tax credit agency), Ware Malcomb (architect), MFRG-ICON (general contractor), Step Builder, LLC (local counsel and consultant) and MEB Management (property manager). The financing included a Freddie Mac Tax-Exempt Loan from Greystone, and Freddie Mac also invested equity through WNC.
CPP continues its aggressive growth initiative to expand its footprint across the country. Communities recently closed in the U.S. have led the company to deepen the affordability of neighborhoods across Colorado, Utah, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Connecticut and Virginia, in addition to its long history of providing affordable housing solutions across the state of California.
Community Preservation Partners (CPP), one of the nation’s most active affordable housing preservation developers, today announced the appointment of Belinda Oakes as chief financial officer. Oakes will be responsible for the development, oversight and maintenance of financial policies and accounting systems and functions, ensuring proper financial controls are in place. Working closely with various divisions throughout the company, she will provide strategic direction to support CPP’s plans to grow its acquisition and development pipeline across the U.S.
“Belinda has significant experience and is an industry leader specialized in affordable housing finance,” said Anand Kannan, president of CPP. “She brings an unmatched level of sophistication and expertise to our accounting and finance team that will serve as the backbone to the tremendous growth we are anticipating at CPP over the next several years. We look forward to being led by the best in the business during this next chapter.”
As part of the executive leadership team, Oakes will lead the controller function and oversee accounting functions including business planning and financial forecasts, in addition to sharing in the oversight of housing acquisition and re-syndication activities. She will work collaboratively with the asset management, development and construction management teams to elevate deals, analyze potential capital transactions, provide long-term goals and assist with forecasting. Additionally, she will foster banking, legal and other strategic relationships to further the growth potential of CPP.
“Having been part of the industry for more than 20 years, I understand the importance of affordable housing preservation,” said Oakes. “I have always admired CPP for their ability to get deals done and prowess to execute on their purpose of preserving affordable housing. I am excited to join an organization whose goals are aligned with my professional experience and personal passion for company culture and vision.”
Prior to joining CPP, Oakes spent more than 19 years at Highridge Costa Companies, in a series of roles, most recently as vice president accounting and taxation. Earlier in her career she spent time at Novogradac & Company LLP, Oracle and Arthur Andersen. She volunteers as the treasurer and CFO of the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Golden Gate University and is a certified public accountant. Oakes resides in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband and son.
Community Preservation Partners (CPP), one of the nation’s most active affordable housing preservation developers, today announced the acquisition of Chandler Ridge Apartments, a 228-unit mixed-income community in Raleigh, North Carolina for $26 million. Purchased with 4% low-income tax credit equity, the deal preserves affordability for those earning 60% AMI or lower for an additional 30 years, while also extending affordability to 37 formerly market-rate units. Located at 4900 Chandler Ridge Circle, the property marks the company’s entry into North Carolina with plans to close on another property before the end of the year.
“As the second-fastest growing metro area in the U.S., Raleigh’s housing market is facing enormous pressure with few affordable options for renters, especially low-income families,” said Seth Gellis, senior vice president of CPP East. “By acquiring Chandler Ridge Apartments, we are able to preserve and extend the extremely scarce resource of affordable housing for more than 700 residents, while providing a meaningful renovation that will bring a new sense of pride to the community.”
Sitting on 18 acres, Chandler Ridge Apartments consists of 19 three-story garden-style buildings with 16 one-bedroom, 152 two-bedroom and 60 three-bedroom units. CPP is investing $60,000 per unit in construction renovations, including the modernization of building systems, secured access, new roofing and an upgrade to the exterior façade. Interior units will receive new Energy-star refrigerators, WaterSense toilets, electric ranges with hoods, dishwashers, garbage disposals and washer/dryer hookups, plus new flooring, cabinets, sinks and granite countertops. Upgrades will be made to the community amenities, including new playground equipment, a covered bus-stop area for kids, a revitalized swimming pool, laundry facility, community room, business center and barbecue/picnic areas.
Construction begins November 2021 and is expected to complete in December 2022. CPP also will provide comprehensive services to enhance the wellbeing of residents, including educational programs for children and adults, health care resources, career readiness classes, financial resource management and community building activities.
“Being able to execute this deal over the course of the pandemic is testament to the creativity and commitment of our team and partners to preserve affordable housing and help address America’s housing shortage,” said John Fraser, director of developmentat CPP. “As long-term owners of our communities, we look forward to being good stewards of this community and expanding our presence in the state.”
CPP financed the development with tax credit equity provided by PNC Bank and a loan from Redstone Tax-Exempt Funding with bonds issued by Wake County. Additional partners include general contractor MFRG-ICON and architect Ebersoldt & Associates.
CPP continues its aggressive growth initiative to expand its footprint across the country. Communities recently closed in the U.S. have led the company to deepen the affordability of neighborhoods across Colorado, Connecticut, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, in addition to its long history of providing affordable housing solutions across the state of California.