New Markets Tax Credits

Future Unlimited Law represents allocatees, developers, nonprofit organizations, investors, and lenders in federal New Markets Tax Credit matters nationwide. Since the inception of the NMTC program, we have focused on providing innovative and efficient solutions to structuring NMTC transactions.

Our services include:

  • Evaluating eligibility for the program
  • Structuring and closing transactions including loan funds, targeted populations, commercial and mixed-use real estate, community facilities, and operating businesses
  • Combining NMTC with other financing sources, including historic tax credits, the opportunity zone incentive, HUD Section 108 funds, community development block grant funds, state tax credits, and USDA and SBA loan guarantees
  • Issuance of federal income tax opinions
  • Advice and advocacy regarding legislative and regulatory developments
  • Ongoing CDFI Fund and tax compliance

Representative Transactions

North Florida School of Special Education – Jacksonville, Florida

Represented North Florida School of Special Education, Inc. in financing the expansion of the school, including construction of a 32,000 square foot building to provide classrooms, therapy rooms, a library, a fine arts studio, a gymnasium and a commercial teaching kitchen and construction of a therapeutic equestrian center.

Amped Kitchens – Chicago, Illinois

Represented the Allocatee, Local Initiatives Support Corporation through its subsidiary New Markets Support Company, in financing the renovation of a television factory for use as a multi-tenant food manufacturing facility. The facility will include 64 kitchens, loading docks, co-working space, conference rooms, warehouse and refrigerator space.

The project was funded by NMTC equity investments by PNC New Markets Investment Partners in four CDEs, a leverage loan funded by three CDFI lenders, with LISC as the lead lender, and developer equity. The project is expected to create 260 FTE jobs, 75% of the jobs are expected to be accessible, i.e., not require a 4-year college degree, and the tenants are expected to be 50% WBE and 33% MBE.

Courtesy of Hemingway Development

Photo: Courtesy of Hemingway Development

Dave’s Market – Cleveland Ohio

Represented the Allocatee, Northeast Ohio Development Fund, in financing the construction of a 53,000 square foot grocery store, to serve as the replacement flagship store for Dave’s Supermarket. The supermarket is collaborating with the adjacent University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children, to provide healthy foods and nutrition education.

Financing included a HUD Section 108 loan from the City of Cleveland and additional private and public sources.

Franklinton Preparatory Academy – Columbus, Ohio

Represented Central Ohio Youth For Christ, the developer, in the financing of the development of a new public charter high school, and a youth recreational, educational and vocational training community center targeted at at-risk youth in inner city Columbus, Ohio.

The Commons at Stanton Square – Martha’s Table – Washington, DC

Represented the allocatee, Corporation for Supportive Housing, as co-counsel and New Markets Support Company, as Fund manager, in financing the construction of a 42,000 square foot community facility for use by Martha’s Table as its administrative headquarters and to provide early childhood education, after school and healthy food programs and other family support services. As a result of the financing, Martha’s Table is anticipated to serve an additional 40,000 people per year.

The facility is co-located with a behavioral health center operated by Community of Hope, a federally qualified health center.

Washington Hall – Seattle, Washington

Represented Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, the developer, in financing the award-winning renovation of the historic Washington Hall building, consisting of a performance hall, an assembly/banquet room, and office and retail space for community organizations.

Washington Hall served as a hub for social and cultural activities for a broad ethnic community commencing in 1908, including performances by Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

TRASKA, Inc. – Delta Dental of MN – Bemidji, Minnesota

Represented the Allocatee, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, in the redeployment of NMTC loan proceeds to finance the construction and equipping of a 38,000 square foot operations and technology center, for use by Delta Dental of Minnesota, estimated to create approximately 150 permanent jobs.

Additional financing included loans from Security Bank and the City of Bemidji funded by an award from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Avondale Town Center – Cincinnati, Ohio

Represented the Allocatee, Local Initiatives Support Corporation/New Markets Support Company, in financing the construction and rehabilitation of three buildings, consisting of 75,000 square feet of commercial space and 69 residential units, with income restrictions. 50 additional residential units in a separate condominium unit were financed by low-income housing tax credits.

Financing included a source leverage loan from LISC, a loan from the Low-Income Investment Fund and grants from the City of Cincinnati and the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Program.

Courtesy of SouthEast Development Group LLC

Winona Family YMCA – Winona, Minnesota

Represented the allocatee, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, in financing the construction of a full-service YMCA facility co-located with Winona Health’s physical therapy, speech language pathology and occupational therapy services.

MLK Gateway – Washington, D.C.

Represented the allocatee, Local Initiatives Support Corporation through its subsidiary New Markets Support Company, LLC, in the multi-CDE financing of the redevelopment of a 34,000 square foot building for office and retail use, including a tech office anchor tenant, a technology incubator, accessible retail and restaurant, a fresh food market and a real estate educational and career training academy.

Additional financing included opportunity zone equity, loans from PNC Bank, National Association, and a ground lease from the District of Columbia.

Courtesy of SouthEast Development Group LLC

Photo: Courtesy of SouthEast Development Group LLC

Barnett Tower – Jacksonville, Florida (NMTC/HTC)

Represented the Allocatee, Local Initiatives Support Corporation/New Markets Support Company, in the NMTC and HTC financing of the rehabilitation of the historic Barnett Tower building into a mixed-use building. The development includes a YMCA wellness facility, a University of North Florida, Coggins School of Business Entrepreneurial Center, a bank’s regional headquarters, and 108 housing units, with 22 affordable units.

The financing included NMTC and HTC equity, private developer equity, a grant from the City of Jacksonville, and senior bank debt.

The Family Partnership – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Represented the allocatee, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, in financing the renovation and expansion of a health facility to provide mental health, early childhood education, and other services to support children and families. The facility will provide three times the space for The Family Partnership’s services, co-located with affordable housing. Financing included Minnesota General Obligation Bonds, NMTC equity and a loan from Sunrise Banks.

Courtesy of STG Inc.

Photo: Courtesy of STG Inc.

TERRA-NW – Broadband Internet Access – Alaska

Represented Alaska Growth Capital, the lead allocatee, in the $78 million financing of the first phase of construction of a high capacity terrestrial microwave network by Unicom (a subsidiary of General Communication Inc.) connecting over 70 small communities of rural Northwestern Alaska, providing broadband internet services to medical and educational facilities, businesses and homes.

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