Currently, 302 Jefferson Street LLC owes the local economic development corporation more than $2.3 million on the property. In June of 1993, the state Division of Administration donated the property, at the corner of Jefferson and Vine streets, to LNEDC. In the Act of Donation, dated June 1993, the value of the property is listed as $45,900. Six months later, in December, 302 Jefferson Street LLC signed a $1.2 million deferred mortgage agreement with LNEDC on the property. Essentially, LNEDC turned the property over to HRI to redevelop as low income apartments. HRI was able to obtain and sell approximately $5 million worth of tax credits through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency to fund the renovation expenses. (The tax credits were purchased by Premier Bank, which is now Chase.) It qualified for the tax credits by addressing both downtown historic restoration and affordable housing needs.
The mortgage stipulated that HRI would manage the property and pocket all revenue from the apartments for a 15-year period — later amended to 16 years — at which point HRI, or 302 Jefferson Street LLC, would have the option of purchasing the property. Because the purchase price agreed to now totals approximately $2.36 million — a $1.2 million mortgage balance and $1.16 in additional interest accrued at 6 percent a year (HRI also paid a $50,000 sum up front) — most expected the property would eventually revert to LNEDC. The note matured March 1 of this year.
LNEDC Board President Joe Dennis says his organization is interested in taking over the property and also in moving management of the building away from HRI and over to C.S. Management Inc., a local firm that is already handling LNEDC’s other property, Sterling Grove Apartments. Dennis added that any profit generated from the apartments would help fund LNEDC’s small business loans.
Abbenante, meanwhile, is still optimistic HRI will keep some stake in the property.
“We love the property,” Abbenante says. “We love the residents and what’s happened down there. Fifteen years ago, that was kind of a barren end of town, and look how vibrant it’s become now. And our residents I think are part of that. We’re happy to have been a part of it for 15 years and hope we get the opportunity to stay with it.”
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