The Innovate Fund, a Community Development Entity (CDE) managed by Tax Advantage Group by Cherry Bekaert and Greenville Local Development Corporation in Greenville, S.C., has allocated $16.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to complete the $19 million commercial phase of the greater Judson Mill redevelopment, a 35-acre, 800,000 square foot historic campus, located in West Greenville. A joint venture between Taft Family Ventures of Greenville, NC and Belmont Sayre Holdings of Chapel Hill, NC is spearheading the renovation of a 107,269 square foot warehouse building into a mixed-use building to include non-profit, health and wellness, and retail uses.
“Both CommunityWorks and The Innovate Fund have been great partners, working with us and engaging the community since 2017 to make sure this project was ultimately successful,” said Kenneth Reiter, President and Founder of Belmont Sayre Holdings. Thomas F. Taft, Jr., Principal of Taft Family Ventures also noted the importance of the NMTC allocation provided by The Innovate Fund saying, “The financial benefit to the project from the NMTC allocation not only helped the project’s overall feasibility, but it allowed us to offer commercial space to several local and non-profit tenants at significantly reduced rental rates which helped us bring in the right tenant mix for this historic neighborhood.”
Tammie Hoy Hawkins, CEO at CommunityWorks, and an Advisory Board member of The Innovate Fund, said, “This project brings The Innovate Fund’s investment in West Greenville to $46.7 million, providing both quality jobs and community services to an area of Greenville that has not seen the same resurgence as downtown Greenville. It’s exactly for this reason that both CommunityWorks and The Innovate Fund have prioritized investment in this low-income community.”
The completion of the project will help further catalyze the $125+ million redevelopment of the remainder of the campus into a mix of residential, commercial office, and retail uses noted Whitney Ferguson, Program Manager for The Innovate Fund, adding that The Innovate Fund’s investment would not be possible without both the continuing support from South Carolina’s legislative delegation, including U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and U.S. Congressman William Timmons, and The Innovate Fund’s financial partners, including CommunityWorks, Reinvestment Fund, Foss & Company, and Truist Bank.
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