Development Experience

NSO Bell Building, Detroit

Members of the Ethos team were critical to the redevelopment of the $50 million dollar redevelopment of the historic Bell Building by the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) in Detroit. The Bell Building project was an extraordinarily complex transaction that used a variety of financing tools including:

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
  • Federal and State Historic Tax Credits
  • State Brownfield Credits
  • New Market Tax Credits
  • HOME funds from the City of Detroit and Wayne County
  • CDBG funds from the City of Detroit
  • Major grants from the Kresge Foundation and the McGregor Fund

In addition, Morgan Stanley’s investment of tax credit equity was the largest it has ever made in one of these projects in the country.

The Bell Building now provides 155 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless individuals and is the new corporate headquarters for the Neighborhood Service Organization. The project has also been a key catalyst for community development efforts in the area.

The Bell Building was the recipient of the following local, state and national awards:

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Award
  • Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Building Award
  • LISC Detroit’s Award for Excellence in Real Estate Development
  • National Housing & Rehab Association’s Award for Most Advanced Financial Structure
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan’s Merit Award
  • Engineering Society of Detroit Construction and Design Award
  • Brick in Architecture Award Program

Project timeline: September 2008-September 2012

Kamper and Stevens Buildings, Detroit

Ethos provided development assistance to the Roxbury Group and Invest Detroit for a complex transaction that will preserve 165 units of government subsidized senior housing in at the Kamper and Stevens Buildings in downtown Detroit. This $27 million project was refinanced with:

  • 4% Tax Credits
  • Federal Historic Tax Credits
  • HOME funds from the City of Detroit
  • HOME funds from MSHDA
  • MSHDA permanent financing

Project timeline: March 2017-December 2018

Coolidge Place, Oak Park, MI

Ethos recently secured an award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for South Oakland Shelter and Southwest Housing Solutions to develop 64 units of affordable housing in Oak Park. Closing on financing for this $14 million project is expected to happen in spring 2019 with project completion and lease-up by the end of 2020.

Project timeline: June 2017-December 2020

The Peterboro Arms, Detroit

Ethos has been providing development assistance to Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) which is redeveloping its headquarters at 26 Peterboro in Detroit into 56 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless families. This $19 million project received an award of LIHTC from MSHDA in 2017 and will also be using Historic Tax Credits and Detroit HOME as sources of financing. Closing on financing for the project occurred in October 2018. The building is expected to lease-up in late fall 2019.

Project timeline: July 2016-January 2020

Clay Apartments, Detroit

Ethos has been providing development assistance to the Neighborhood Service Organization and MHT which are developing a transformative project in Detroit that will provide 42 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless individuals as well as services and a shelter for the homeless population in the city. The $12 million residential portion of the project received an award of LIHTC from MSHDA in 2017 and will be closing on this financing in early 2019. Financing for the homeless services and shelter facility to be co-located on the site will be secured in 2019.

Project timeline: November 2017-September 2020

Transfiguration School, Detroit

Ethos was selected through a competitive RFP process by the City of Detroit and the Archdiocese of Detroit to redevelop the historic Transfiguration School on the east side of Detroit. This $6 million project is currently in predevelopment with closing on financing to occur in fall 2019.

Project timeline: July 2017-September 2020

North Flint Grocery Market, Flint, MI

Ethos is providing development and financing assistance to the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation to develop a cooperative grocery store that will provide healthy and affordable food options to an underserved community.

This $8 million project will be funded with:

  • New Market Tax Credits
  • MEDC financing
  • Support from philanthropy

Project timeline: July 2018-December 2020

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