NEW YORK, NY – October 30, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) announces the completion of rehabilitation and permanent financing of 20-units of affordable housing that will soon become a low-income cooperative.
The loan closing on Monday was for 537 West 156th St., a 20-unit building in West Harlem, a Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) which will be called Palace United.
The 102-year-old building was taken by the City of New York from the previous owner for non-payment of taxes as part of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD)Third Party Transfer Program. UHAB served as developer/sponsor and interim owner. Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects LLP provided architectural services.
Financing for the rehabilitation was provided through an affordable participation loan from National Cooperative Bank (NCB) for $639,829 along with a loan from NYC HPD for $1,388,323. NCB’s loan will be sold to the NYC Employee Retirement System through their Targeted Investment Program. The low-income residents and outside purchasers will be able to “buy their apartments” for $2,500 with the rest of the purchase price paid by a grant for first time homebuyers from the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation for $524,500 through the NYC Housing Partnership. The residentswill be purchasing the shares in their cooperative and taking control of the cooperative – Palace United – in the next few weeks.
UHAB is a nonprofit organization that creates, supports and preserves affordable limited-equity cooperative housing in New York City.
Information about getting affordable apartments in co-ops sponsored by UHAB and in existing co-ops visit www.uhab.coop .