With refinancing in place, CPC and Proto preserve 525 affordable homes at Riverdale Osborne Towers in Brownsville, NY
NEW YORK, NY – February 14, 2023 – The Community Preservation Corporation(CPC), the nation’s largest community development financial institution (CDFI) dedicated solely to multifamily housing – together with partner Proto Property Services – announced of the $100 million refinance of Riverdale Osborne Towers, a 525-unit affordable housing complex in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.
The complex consists of four, nine-story residential buildings with 525 affordable homes for low-income families, a preschool, and 10,500 square feet of retail, including the only full-service grocery store in the area. CPC and Proto Property Services first acquired the property in 2007, and immediately embarked on a $39 million scope of work. Proto Property Services undertook the extensive and highly successful tenant-in-place rehabilitation to modernize individual units, major building systems, the exterior and grounds of the property, and enhanced security.
Under a HUD 223(f) loan provided by Rockport Mortgage Corporation, this new refinance will ensure that the property remains financially stable, preserving the long-term affordability of all 525 homes, and funding renovations to modernize the tenants’ kitchens and bathrooms. Proto Property Services will continue to serve as property manager for the complex.
The ownership team is made up of mission-driven nonprofit and for-profit companies with decades of experience in affordable housing finance, construction, maintenance, and management. The group of preservation-focused organizations is dedicated to providing stable, responsible ownership to preserve the long-term affordability and quality of the housing for residents that call these developments home. Ownership that is dedicated to affordable housing preservation can help guard against gentrification, reduce displacement, and contribute to the stability and revitalization of communities.
“The need for quality affordable homes in New York is critical, and helping to preserve and improve our city’s existing affordable housing is as important as creating new housing,” said Tell Metzger, Senior Vice President, Equity Investments at CPC. “We are proud to work with Proto and our other partners on this refinance so that we can continue to provide the Riverdale Osborne tenants with the affordable, high-quality housing they can be proud to call home.”
“We take our job of providing high quality affordable housing very seriously,” said Demetrios Moragianis of Proto Property Services, LLC.
For more than a decade before the partnership acquired Riverdale Osborne Towers, the property was plagued by crime, poor management and tenants endured awful living conditions, which included rodents, gaping ceiling holes, dangerous gas leaks, waves of crime, rotting walls and trash pile-ups. One of the worst issues was non-working elevators, which especially impacted individuals in wheelchairs and parents with heavy strollers, forcing them to take a working elevator in another building and walk to their own building across the roof and down several flights of stairs. CPC and Proto Property Services, were selected by Catholic Charities to redevelop, renovate, and preserve the property as a safe, quality, and affordable place to live. Proto took immediate steps to root out criminal activity and to remove people illegally occupying apartments. The company also made sweeping changes to upgrade the property’s staff, as well as taking action to increase security for all four building. One of the new security measures included the construction of a new central lobby with an on-site management office, which increased safety and fostered a sense of community by providing a place where all of the residents from each building could meet and see each other.
Today, 16 years later, Riverdale Osborne Towers continues to serve the Brownsville community’s affordable housing needs, with the refi and recapitalization providing the resources to ensure its long-term financial and physical wellbeing for decades to come.
“Riverdale Osborne Towers is an important housing asset to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Dan Lyons, President of Rockport Mortgage. “We are proud to have worked with Community Preservation Corporation and Proto Property Services to not only extend the property’s affordability for at least the next 28 years, but to also improve the overall quality of life for the residents who call Riverdale Osborne Towers home.”
About The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC)
CPC is a diversified, nonprofit, multifamily finance company that was founded in 1974 to provide financial and technical resources to stabilize and revitalize underserved communities. Today, CPC uses its unique expertise in housing finance and public policy to expand access to affordable and workforce housing, advance diversity and equity within the development industry, and expand investment in the green economy and lessen the impact of climate change. Since its founding, CPC has invested over $14 billion to finance the creation and preservation of more than 225,000 units of housing. The company provides a suite of construction and permanent products including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHA mortgages, and is an equity investor with approximately 4,200 affordable units under ownership. CPC is a carbon-neutral company and has been rated AA- by S&P. Visit CPC at communityp.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Proto Property Services
Since its founding in 1983, Proto Property Services has managed more than 4000 units of high quality affordable housing. Proto and its affiliate company, Stateside Construction have developed and rehabilitated approximately 2,000 units of housing to date. It is the company’s goal to create homes its tenants can be proud of, and to leave any property it is involved with in much better condition than it was before Proto became involved.