CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The NHP Foundation ("NHPF"), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and creating sustainable, service-enriched multifamily housing, today announced that it has acquired the Hotel Covent, a mixed-use residential property located at 2653 N. Clark Street in Chicago, IL. The acquisition was made possible through financial partnerships with Community Investment Corporation (CIC) and the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) which lent NHPF $5 million and $2.22 million respectively.
Originally built in early 1900s, the Hotel Covent features 64 single resident occupancy (SRO) rooms, as well as seven retail storefronts on the ground level and an 18,000 sq. foot parking lot located behind the building. The hotel was originally attached to a 2,600 seat theater. The property is in one of Chicago's most desirable neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, which currently has a shortage of affordable housing opportunities.
"The Hotel Covent acquisition presents another step in our mission to preserve quality affordable housing in key neighborhoods," NHPF's President and CEO Richard Burns. "From its unique history, to its desirable location and mixed-use/mixed-income potential, Hotel Covent will become an outstanding example of historic property restoration and optimal housing for low- and moderate-income individuals in Lincoln Park."
"I want to thank the NHP Foundation for preserving another historic affordable housing property in the City of Chicago," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "Every resident of Chicago deserves access to housing options within their budget, and the acquisition of the Hotel Covent by the NHP Foundation will ensure this century-old building continues to provide an affordable option for future generations of Chicagoans."
This sentiment was echoed by Curtis Smith, Board President of ONE Northside, an organization that works with Hotel Covent tenants, who added, "SROs are a key component of the city's affordable housing stock, especially in neighborhoods that are becoming less and less affordable to working people, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are thrilled that NHP has acquired another SRO in Chicago, and in Lincoln Park in particular. We are proud to have worked with the City on what is proving to be a successful piece of legislation, and we look forward to many more success stories as a result of it."
NHPF's purchase of the Hotel Covent also represents the organization's second SRO mixed-use property acquisition in Chicago. Earlier this year, the organization also purchased the Mark Twain Hotel in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, a 152 SRO unit property, currently being recapitalized and designed for renovation, "Chicago's 2014 SRO Ordinance is a game-changer for affordable housing within the city," said Mecky Adnani, Senior VP of Acquisitions and Development at The NHP Foundation. "We are proud to lead the way in preserving these important properties in one of the country's most well-known cities."
About The NHP Foundation
Headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, The NHP Foundation (NHPF) was launched on January 30, 1989, as a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not-for- profit real estate corporation. NHPF is dedicated to preserving and creating sustainable, service-enriched multifamily housing that is both affordable to low and moderate income families and seniors, and beneficial to their communities. NHPF also provides a robust resident services program to nearly 18,000 community residents. Through partnerships with major financial institutions, the public sector, faith-based initiatives, and other not-for-profit organizations, NHPF has 43 properties located in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
About Community Investment Corporation (CIC)
Community Investment Corporation (CIC) is the Chicago metropolitan area's leading lender for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable rental housing. CIC financing provides badly-needed investment in credit-starved communities and ensures affordable housing for Chicago's workforce. CIC's innovative financial programs make the Chicago region a better place to live, work, and do business.
About Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF)
CCLF is a nonprofit certified community development financial institution that provides low-cost, flexible financing and hands-on technical assistance to community developers for affordable housing, commercial retail development, community facility space and social enterprises. CCLF supports challenging projects that will help revitalize low- and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago, aiding families and communities along the path toward economic stability, prosperity and sustainability.
Marijane Funess, Crenshaw Communications,
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SOURCE The NHP Foundation