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U.S. Bank Closes on $77 Million in Financing for Historic Arcade Building

August 11, 2014

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- U.S. Bank announced today that it closed on several tax-credit financing packages of more than $77 million with Dominium, a leading apartment development and management company, to develop the century-old Arcade Building into a mixed-use space for university classes and 282 market rate and affordable-housing apartments.

The renovation of the 18-floor, 500,000-square-foot building at 800 Olive St. includes 202 affordable and 80 market-rate apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms. The affordable-housing units are specifically designed to meet the needs of artists, offering one- to three-bedroom apartments as well as over 13,000 square feet of artist studio space.

“Tremendous persistence, commitment and a deep desire to support the emergence of downtown St. Louis as an arts and innovation community kept our team motivated to make this development come to fruition,” said Zack Boyers, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC). “The Arcade Building is in the heart of a now-thriving neighborhood that USBCDC is proud to have been working to reinvigorate for many years.”

Dominium plans to market the affordable housing units to artists, based on its record of successfully leasing loft space in the Leather Trades and Metropolitan Artist Lofts buildings in St. Louis and Schmidt Artist Lofts in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

“This is the third artist loft project in St. Louis that we have partnered on with USBCDC, and, without a doubt, no other investor in the U.S. would have made such a complex deal happen except them,” said Jeff Huggett, vice president and project partner for Dominium of Plymouth, Minnesota. “We are excited to provide the St. Louis region with a development that attracts artists to the area and gives them work and performance space to spur their creativity. Cities with flourishing artist communities attract other artists and new residents seeking a vibrant cultural environment. Our experience has proven that artist lofts are economic development drivers. ”

The Arcade’s first two floors and mezzanine of 55,000 square feet will be leased to Webster University for classes, a 170-seat auditorium, community kitchen and an art gallery. This expands the Webster University campus downtown to 85,000 square feet from 33,000 square feet, including its presence in the Old Post Office.

Dominium projects that Webster University will be able to move in as early as December 2015 and construction on the remaining space will finish in January 2016. The renovation is a major part of the much-desired redevelopment of the Old Post Office Square.

“Redevelopment of the historic Arcade Building wouldn’t have been possible without the partnership of these organizations and the availability of tax credits, especially New Markets Tax Credits. Breathing new life into this century-old building will move the city forward in our goal of making downtown a hub of residential and commercial activity for the region,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

U.S. Bank invested $77 million raised through its investments in federal New Markets Tax Credits, federal and state historic tax credits and a separate investment arranged from federal low-income housing tax credits.

U.S. Bank Community Lending Division provided a $44 million construction loan, partially bridging the equity provided by USBCDC. BMO Harris Bank provided bridge and permanent construction financing, Cornerstone Permanent Mortgage Fund (Boston Capital Finance) provided a permanent loan and the City of St. Louis provided a $4.8 million loan.

New Markets Tax Credits for the project were allocated by U.S. Bank, St. Louis Development Corp., Enterprise Bank & Trust, National Trust Community Investment Corp. and Central Bank of Kansas City. The low-income housing credits were allocated by Missouri Housing Development Commission, which also provided a federal HOME loan and Affordable Housing Assistance Program tax credits.

About Dominium

Founded in 1972, Dominium is a Minneapolis-based owner, developer and manager of apartment communities nationwide. With more than 21,600 owned and/or managed units at 192 sites in 18 states, Dominium is known for creative solutions to unique and challenging development projects and management expertise. For more information, visit www.dominiumapartments.com.

About Webster University

Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world, including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Its mission as a worldwide institution is to ensure high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

About U.S. Bank Community Lending Division

U.S. Bank Community Lending Division, part of U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate, provides financing to both for-profit and non-profit developers for the construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of rental housing for low- and moderate income individuals and families. One of the nation’s top lenders in this space, the group originated nearly $1.1 billion last year in loans to support the development of affordable housing across the country.

About U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

With more than $14.4 billion in assets as of June 30, 2014, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, provides innovative financing solutions for community development projects across the country using state and federally sponsored tax credit programs. USBCDC's commitments provide capital investment to areas that need it the most and have contributed to the creation of new jobs, the rehabilitation of historic buildings, the construction of needed affordable and market-rate homes, the development of renewable energy facilities, and the generation of commercial economic activity in underserved communities. Visit USBCDC on the web at www.usbank.com/cdc.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $389 billion in assets as of June 30, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,174 banking offices in 25 states and 5,005 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

Editors/Photographers: A hard-hat tour of the building will be available TODAY at 1 p.m. at the 8th Street entrance of the Arcade Building across from the Laclede Gas Building. Closed-toe shoes are required for the tour.





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