Duane Morris Forms Team for Acquisition Rehabs with Bonds and Tax Credits

Duane Morris partners Bob Archie and Art Momjian are working with Bob Jacobs of RCJ Consulting, LLC, Roy Diamond of Diamond and Associates, Eugene (“Geno”) Schiavo of Kitchen and Associates, and Pierce Keating of Keating Construction Company as a result of HUD authorizing the prepayment and refinancing of Section 202 Direct Loan projects have teamed together to help owners of seasoned Section 202 apartment buildings perform substantial renovations of their properties through the use of a financing structure known as a “lease/acquisition rehab” tax-exempt bond and tax credit structure. In this structure, the existing owner “leases” the apartment building to a technically unrelated limited partnership which leases and the renovates the apartment building through the use of tax-exempt bonds proceeds, 4% federal low-income housing tax credit equity proceeds, and owner’s purchase money mortgage financing. At least 50% of the prepaid rent or acquisition cost along with the renovation of the apartment building must be financed with volume cap tax exempt bonds, in order for the project to qualify for 4% Federal low income housing tax credits to provide equity for the project. Through the “low-income housing tax lease/acquisition rehab” structure, the owner may complete a substantial renovation of its project while reducing the amount of its existing debt service and receiving a developer fee for its services. To discuss whether your project would qualify for the “lease/acquisition rehab” structure contact Bob Archie at (215) 979-1915 or RLArchie@duanemorris.com or Art Momjian at (215) 979-1521 or ajmomjian@duanemorris.com

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Township of Mt. Holly Case

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Township of Mount Holly, NJ vs. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action. The genesis of the case is a proposed redevelopment plan by Mt. Holly Township, New Jersey that would eliminate existing homes in a neighborhood occupied by low-income residents and replace these homes with more expensive housing. The residents of this neighborhood organized and filed an action against the Township alleging violations of various anti-discrimination laws. The Third Circuit held that the adverse impact test under the Fair Housing Act, rather than a discriminatory intent test, should be applied and remanded the case back to the District Court for a determination of whether the proposed redevelopment plan of Mt. Holly Township violated the Fair Housing Act. The Township appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and the high court will review the decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

NJHMFA Announces the Fund for the Restoration of Multifamily Housing

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has held two information sessions on the Additional Tax Credits/Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing which will be funded from the Super Storm Sandy CDBG grant provided to the State of New Jersey from HUD. The proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan submitted by the State of New Jersey to HUD for approval includes the creation of the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing. This Fund will be administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) and is expected to provide over $104 million in CDBG-DR funding to replenish the stock of quality, affordable housing units lost as a result of Super Storm Sandy. The NHMFA information sessions provided a description of the Fund’s proposed components, which includes leveraging CDBG-DR funds with the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

New York City Focuses Hurricane Sandy Funds on Resiliency Efforts

Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has announced that the City plans to spend its initial allocation from HUD of $1.77 billion from the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Act in Community Development Block Grants for housing recovery, business recovery, and infrastructure resiliency. The housing recovery initiatives include rehabilitation grants for housing and grants for resiliency efforts for public housing. The City of New York will provide grants to businesses for resiliency measures including grants for innovations in resiliency technology. The infrastructure grants will be for resiliency innovations for neighborhoods and utilities. The City of New York is working with HUD for an additional $600 million for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Senate Passes Hurricane Sandy Bill

Yesterday the Senate voted 62-36 to approve the House version of the Hurricane Sandy Bill. The $51 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama. The Act will provide $16 billion for Housing and Urban Development Department community development block grants. Of the $16 billion, approximately $12 billion will be shared among Hurricane Sandy victims as well as those from other federally declared disasters in 2011-2013. The remaining $4 billion is solely for Hurricane Sandy-related projects. The Act will also provide $11 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief aid fund for providing shelter, restoring power and other storm-interrupted utility services and meeting other immediate needs arising from Super Storm Sandy and other disasters. The Act will also provide $10 billion to repair the New York and New Jersey transit systems as well as make the systems more resistant to future storms.

Duane Morris Forms Hurricane Sandy Sub-Practice Group

In anticipation of the Federal programs which will be enacted to assist in the redevelopment of areas affecting by Hurricane Sandy, Duane Morris has formed the Hurricane Sandy Housing and Community Development Sub-Practice Group. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Congress passed legislation which provided Federal low-income housing tax credit allocation, Federal New Markets Tax Credit Authority and special tax subsidized bond financing designated for effected areas. The Hurricane Sandy Housing and Community Development Sub-Practice Group is an interdisciplinary group including attorneys with the following specialties: Art Momjian, Federal tax credit programs, Harvey Johnson (NJ) and Jon Popin (NY), affordable housing; Bob Archie, Nat Abramowitz, and Bruce Jurist tax exempt bond finance; Marty Monaco (NJ), tax-exempt entities; and Chester Lee (NY) and Chris Winter, real estate and commercial financing. Members of the Hurricane Sandy Housing and Community Development Sub-Practice Group will provide a unique value to clients as a result of their experience with the Katrina programs, and their extensive knowledge and experience with state and local affordable housing and community development programs in New Jersey and New York. Members of the group can assist clients combine state and local programs with the Federal Hurricane Sandy relief legislation.

Adam Taliaferro elected to Board of Trustees of Penn State University

Adam Taliaferro, a member of the Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Tax Syndication Practice Group of Duane Morris LLP, was elected to the Board of Trustees of Penn State University. Adam Taliaferro is based in the Firm’s Cherry Hill Office. He was the subject of the 2001 book, Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story (Triumph Books), which chronicled his recovery from a spinal cord injury he sufferred playing football his freshman year at Penn State University. Adam consults with professional athletes in the sponsorship of affordable housing and community development projects. His practice also includes the representation of clients with regard to the evaluation of National Football League contracts and he has created National Football League contract proposals for clients.

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