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Merchants Capital provided $77 million in financing for the construction of Soul, an affordable apartment development in St. Paul, MN

Merchants Capital Furnishes $77M for St. Paul Affordable Development

Multifamily financing provider Merchants Capital provided more than $77 million in financing for the development of Soul, an affordable, mixed-use development in Saint Paul, MN. The property – owned and developed by the key partner on the project, Schafer Richardson – will provide 178 units of affordable housing to Saint Paul residents and families.  

The mixed-use complex will be constructed on a redevelopment site of a current city infill location. The property was designed, and will be built, to earn an Enterprise Green Communities Certification, and will meet all necessary standards to comply with the City of St. Paul’s sustainable building policy.   

Merchants Capital worked alongside Schafer Richardson, together with Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Freddie Mac, RBC Capital and Ramsey County. The City of Saint Paul also contributed greatly to the project through allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds and grants to support gap financing. 

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