WinnCos., ART-JIUS Enterprises acquire affordable community in Paterson; launch $7.5M rehab

WinnCos. and two developers from ART-JIUS Enterprises, Owen Tonkins and Daryll Tyson, on Wednesday announced the acquisition of a 68-unit affordable housing community in Paterson, kicking off a $7.5 million rehabilitation effort to substantially improve apartments and common spaces for low-income families, seniors, disabled individuals, households at risk of homelessness and military veterans.

Known as Hamilton Square Apartments, the 26-year-old mill-style property at 20 and 21 Mill St. is comprised of two abutting low-rise brick buildings, including a portion of the 165-year-old historic Hamilton Mill, and offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in the city’s Great Falls Historic District.

The yearlong occupied rehabilitation effort will address deferred maintenance concerns, including building code issues and failing HVAC systems; renovate all apartments, including 24 currently uninhabitable units; add ADA accessible apartments and common areas; create new nonprofit and community meeting spaces for residents and local service providers; upgrade elevators and mailbox areas; install new access controls and security features; and update landscaping, parking lots, lighting, fencing, signage and dumpsters and trash enclosures.

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to return this important affordable housing to the quality standards that residents expect and deserve,” WinnDevelopment Senior Vice President David Ginsberg said. “Thanks to the support from our public- and private-sector partners, this community will remain affordable for the long term with a significantly improved quality of life for current and future residents.”

As part of the acquisition, all apartments will be preserved for households earning no more than 50% or 60% of Area Median Income. Seven apartments will have a lease preference for formerly homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

“We would like to thank Paterson Mayor André Sayegh, his administration and the city council for their continued support. Paterson needs affordable housing, and we intend to keep our promise of delivering affordable and quality housing,” Tyson said on behalf of himself and his business partner, Tonkins.

The renovation plan will also create rent-free office space for two nonprofit organizations that will deliver services and programming to meet resident needs — Yo Soy Asi, a Paterson nonprofit serving disabled children and their families, and Soldier On, a national nonprofit providing case management services to veterans and their families.

Key financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation is coming from a Federal Housing Authority loan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Lument; short-term construction bonds and 4% Low Income Housing Tac Credits from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency; LIHTC and historic tax credit equity from Boston Financial; Economic Redevelopment and Growth credits awarded by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; ERG equity placed by Fallbrook Capital; a bridge loan from New Jersey Community Capital and BlueHub Capital; and HOME and HOME American Rescue Plan funds from the city of Paterson.

The Hamilton Square property is located across the street from Mill Street Square, a recently completed WinnDevelopment project that was also built in partnership with Tyson and Tonkins, the ART-JIUS principals who were born and raised in Paterson.

“The Hamilton Square project, following the recent opening of Mill Street Square, underlines our commitment to community revitalization in Paterson and the development of affordable and mixed-income housing in New Jersey as whole,” Larry Curtis, president and managing partner of WinnDevelopment, said. “We look forward to working with community leaders and state housing officials to keep the momentum going.”

OA Peterson Construction Co. of Montclair is serving as general contractor on the Hamilton Square project, with MG New York Architects of New York City as architect. Renaissance Groups of Rochester, New York, will lead the effort to recruit local and minority- and women-owned businesses for construction. PS&S of New Jersey is providing civil engineering services with Powers Co. of Philadelphia serving as the project’s historic consultant. Berman Indictor served as legal counsel on the transaction.