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Taft Development Group (TDG) acquired Melrose Place apartments, at 1351 E. Woodlawn Road, which is near the intersection with Park Road and is in walking distance to Park Road Shopping Center. TDG paid $8 million for the 2.9-acre site, which includes Melrose Place and four single-family residential lots on Drexel Place, according to Mecklenburg County real estate records.
The site was the subject of a rezoning that was filed in 2015 but wasn't approved by Charlotte City Council until late 2017. The new zoning allows for up to 265 apartments and eight townhouse-style units, but TDG is expecting to rezone the site again to accommodate its plans, said Mike McCarty, President of Taft Development Group.
The Park Road corridor has become an attractive submarket for investors in Charlotte, led at least in part by the redevelopment of Park Road Shopping Center by Edens, which has spent significant capital in renovations and new tenancy at the 1950s-era retail center.
The 54 apartments at Melrose Place were built in 1967. Units are in a series of low-rise, garden-style buildings and rent at rates markedly below new construction apartments in the immediate area. The property would likely qualify as naturally occurring affordable housing, as the rents are below market average but the property isn't subsidized.
McCarty said new construction is likely at least a year or, potentially, two years out and that TDG does not plan to demolish any buildings or make tenant changes until the project moves close to groundbreaking.
Elsewhere in the region, TDG is under construction on a $35 million, 250-unit multifamily development in Matthews near Family Dollar's headquarters.
Read more at Charlotte Business Journal
Taft-Mills Group has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers of 2018 by Affordable Housing Finance. TMG nearly nearly doubled the number of new units it received funding for in 2018 compared with the prior year and hopes to again double production in 2019. This marks the first time the burgeoning company has appeared on the list.
Dustin Mills, President and Co-Founder of Taft-Mills Group, said “We’ve worked hard to grow our company and it’s an absolute honor to be included in a list with so many other firms whom we both admire and aspire to be more like.”
Since its founding in 2015, Taft-Mills Group has secured funding to develop some 700 affordable housing units representing more than $87 million in total development cost.
Taft-Mills expects to nearly double their development production in the coming year through expansion efforts already underway in Maryland and Virginia.
Taft Development Group is developing Residences Galleria, which will include 250 units — one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as two- and three-bedroom townhouses. The $35 million project is being built on a 21.5-acre site at 10252 Monroe Road, on the Charlotte-Matthews border and across the street from Family Dollar's headquarters.
Units will include interior finishes like granite countertops, plank floors and stand-up glass showers. Some of the townhouses will have garages. Community amenities include a clubhouse with a swimming pool and sundeck, yoga and fitness center, business lounge, pavilion, billiard room, and clubroom with a cooking demonstration area.
Taft Development estimates pre-leasing for Residences Galleria to commence in late 2019 and that move-ins will begin in winter 2020. Taft Construction Group is the general contractor at Residences Galleria. The property will be managed by Taft Management Group.
This is the second project in the Charlotte metro for Taft Development Group, which also developed The Indigo at Cross Creek in Indian Land. The company says it is currently planning and developing 1,300 multifamily units, 300 single-family lots and 40,000 square feet of commercial space.
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Taft Family Ventures has expanded its Raleigh footprint with the purchase of the Owens Roofing Co. property across from the Red Hat Amphitheater in the downtown Warehouse District for $5.1 million.
TFV’s Taft Development Group recently bought the nearly one-acre site at 301 West Cabarrus Street and plans to bring a new residential and retail building in that space.
“We are excited to launch another project in Raleigh, and especially so in the Warehouse District,” said Thomas Taft Jr., principal with Taft Family Ventures. “We believe this is a high-profile site in one of the region’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods.”
Read the full article at Triangle Business Journal
One of the most intriguing things about the affordable housing industry is learning how people got their start. Some people stumble upon it by chance, and some learn about the tax credit industry over time and choose to go in that direction. For Dustin Mills, President of the Taft-Mills Group in Greenville, NC, it was a little bit of both. “Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to build,” Dustin explained. “I’ve always liked the idea of constructing something that will exist for decades and knowing I was responsible for it getting there.”
Just five days after completing his undergraduate studies at Wingate University, Dustin started his first job with a small affordable housing developer. “It’s hard to find a development job after graduating from college without having any industry relevant experience. I took the first one I could find, and it happened to be with a small developer that worked with tax credits. I didn’t even know what they were when I first started working there.” Little did Dustin know, his first job out of college would begin his 22-year long career in the affordable housing industry – and counting.
During his journey, Dustin formed a strategic partnership with Tom Taft, Sr., a Greenville, NC, based developer, to form the Taft-Mills Group. For over five years now, they have developed, constructed, and managed affordable rental housing that blends seamlessly into the communities in which they are located. “I’m so proud to be part of a team that delivers affordable housing with such a high level of quality that people can’t distinguish it from market-rate housing. At the end of each day, I can go home knowing that people are being positively impacted by the work we’re doing. It’s inspiring to me.”
Another thing that’s inspiring? “Our ever-evolving industry. It has its challenges but that is what’s exciting about it. It’s possible that we’ll always have to battle to justify what we do, but affordable housing is good for the community and will continue to be a rewarding process. It’s also great to see affordable housing become a positive platform in the political world – it wasn’t always like that.”
CAHEC is proud to have wonderful partners like Dustin and the Taft-Mills Group. “CAHEC truly personifies the term ‘partner’ because no matter what challenges we face, I know I can count on them.” Dustin said. “It’s critically important in business to have a great partner, and CAHEC always ensures we find a solution that is mutually beneficial.”
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Taft Family Ventures is pursuing a third housing development that is geared towards home buyers in downtown Greenville, a company spokesman announced at Wednesday’s annual Uptown Greenville State of the District event.
Unlike its previous two student housing projects in the district, Avenue Townes will be 12 for-sale townhomes. The development will be located on a lot that is bordered by Reade Circle, Dickinson Avenue and Evans Street.
“Greenville needs diversified housing in our downtown area. A for-sale product is very important to us,” said Mike McCarty, president of Taft Development Group.
McCarty described the site as a premiere location since it puts future homeowners within walking distance of restaurants, retail shops, the State Theatre, Sheppard Memorial Library and other amenities.
“Hopefully we want to inspire other developers to do more for-sale products downtown,” McCarty said.
The firm is finalizing the project’s cost, but McCarty described the structures as “brownstone-inspired, luxury” townhomes.
The units will range from 2,160 to 2,400 square feet and are expected to have three bedrooms. Some units will have rooftop decks, elevator access from the ground floor, cantilevered patios off the main living area and parking. Pre-sales will begin this spring.
McCarty also announced the company also plans to move its headquarters to a building it is renovating near the intersection of Eighth Street and Dickinson Avenue this fall.
Read the article at The Daily Reflector
Further coverage at WITN.com
A family-owned real estate company based in Greenville is expanding its Raleigh footprint with plans for a 180-unit affordable apartment complex southeast of downtown Raleigh.
Taft Family Ventures is planning to build the development on a 14-acre parcel at the intersection of I-40 and Rock Quarry Road, behind a Food Lion-anchored shopping center.
The project is being built using tax-exempt bond financing and a $2.3 million contribution from the city of Raleigh, says Dustin Mills, President of Taft-Mills Group. The group is an arm of Taft Family Ventures that focuses on affordable housing. Residents who earn 60 percent of the area’s median income will qualify to live there.
Mills expects construction to begin in a year and says the project's location is what led the firm to make the investment.
“The site is excellent,” Mills says. “It’s immediately adjacent to a grocery store-anchored shopping center. There’s a library in the area and there’s easy access to public transportation.”
Taft Family Ventures has primarily focused on multifamily development across North Carolina, but has more recently diversified into other types of real estate investment.
In the Triangle, the firm has been active with new construction on apartment projects from Clayton to Durham, including affordable and high-end projects. In Raleigh, the company built and sold the 401 Oberlin apartment and retail building across from Cameron Village, closing a deal in 2015 for $65 million.
“We’re proud to have been involved with projects like 401 Oberlin, but developing and delivering affordable housing is just as important to us as any other asset class,” Mills says.
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An in-state, family-owned real estate company making efforts to diversify its holdings has purchased a Triad industrial building used by a regional health care delivery system.
Taft Family Ventures of Greenville paid $6.44 million for a 112,000-square-foot building on 8.1 acres at 2100 Summit Ave. in northeast Greensboro that Cone Health leases and uses for distribution, storage and office space. The facility was built in 1974.
Seller South Atlantic Warehouse bought the facility in March 2016 and installed new HVAC systems, lighting, racking, fencing and security systems.
Tom Taft, principal at TFV, told Triad Business Journal that the building is in good shape, and that no major changes or renovations are planned in the near future.
Cone Health is "just a great tenant," Taft said. "They have a 10-year lease."
Taft said multifamily residential communities have dominated TFV's holdings, especially in the Greenville area, and that the company is trying to diversify into different sectors and other geographical markets.
"We're in the process of investing between $22 million and $25 million to try to increase the diversity of our holdings," Taft told TBJ.
TFV also owns a 60,000-square-foot building at Kimel Park and South Park Shopping Center in Winston-Salem.
TFV has an assortment of medical buildings as well as student apartments, single- and multifamily residential communities, and industrial and office developments throughout the Carolinas and several other states.
The company, through subsidiary Taft-Mills Group, has started construction on Amberly Trace, an 80-unit affordable housing apartment community at 1029 Chapel Hill Road in Burlington. It plans to start construction on Oliver's Trace, an 88-unit affordable complex at 1134 Oliver's Crossing Circle in south Winston-Salem, in summer 2019.
Read more at Triangle Business Journal
Today, Taft Family Office, a division of Taft Family Ventures, announced its purchase and the expansion of the 294,590 square-feet Industrial Park located off Gilliam Road near the Inland Port in Greer, SC. Created as a cost-effective and highly functional space, the Inland Distribution Center is strategically located a few miles off Interstate 85 and neighbors the SC Ports Authority’s Inland Port, positioning it to serve a wide variety of uses and to improve the region’s ability to attract new businesses and create jobs. TFO’s goal is to provide a turnkey experience to users with its new state-of-the-art speculative building and direct rail access.
“This investment further executes on our continued confidence in the economic growth hypothesis in the Upstate thanks to the Inland Port, its unique location on the I-85 crescent, and its dynamic workforce and progressive business environment,” said Tom Taft, President of Taft Family Office, and Chairman & CEO of Taft Family Ventures.
The Inland Distribution Center is currently 60% leased and has ±147,045 SF available for lease.
“The Greer Inland Port offers a cost-effective and consistent supply chain which is hard to find in today’s challenging transportation environment,” said Micah Mallace, Director of Strategic Projects for South Carolina Ports Authority. “This makes the Inland Distribution Center an even more compelling option for distribution and manufacturing alike.”
Taft-Mills Group is building a nearly $11 million affordable housing apartment complex off Chapel Hill Road, Burlington.
Company President Dustin Mills said he expects to start construction on Amberly Trace Apartments in late September or early October. Construction will take about a year, and Mills said the company will start taking lease applications in the spring.
Mills said the complex will have 80 units of affordable housing in four residential buildings. It also will have an exercise room, a computer center and a multi-purpose room.
The company will serve as its own general contractor.
Taft-Mills is a subsidiary of Taft Family Ventures, which develops, builds and manages affordable housing in the southeast.
Read more at Triad Business Journal
On Friday, September, 21, the Taft Family Ventures team celebrated our Community Day event. We helped out at the Greenville VA Hospital by giving out ribbons to all the veterans and their respective families, and most importantly - thanking them for their service. We also talked to people throughout the day and cooked lunch for everyone. Furthermore, it was National POW/MIA Recognition Day, making it an extra special day for everyone involved.
Taft-Mills Group received funding through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to develop 268 units of affordable housing in two separate North Carolina cities. The proposed developments will be located in Raleigh and Winston Salem and represent a combined $38 million-dollar investment in those communities.
Dustin Mills, President of Taft-Mills, commented “We’re extremely excited to have secured the necessary funding to allow these communities to become a reality.”
Taft-Mills is an award-winning developer and owner of affordable housing communities throughout North Carolina. In addition to their recently funded Raleigh and Winston Salem communities, they are also presently building other communities in Raleigh, Burlington and Benson.
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Taft Family Ventures (TFV) accepted $14.8 million in the sale of Signature Place Apartments, a 171-unit community in Greenville, N.C.
Located at 410 Beasley Drive, Signature Place Apartments, spans across more than 15 acres and includes 48 one-, 84 two- and 39 three-bedroom units.
Waterstone Multifamily worked on behalf of TFV and Drucker & Falk, its joint venture partner, in the transaction.
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Taft Family Venture's Principal Thomas F. Taft, Jr. was honored as the recipient of Uptown Greenville's "Visionary Award" during its annual State of the District Program.
The Visionary Award recognizes new and old businesses and the partners that helped make them possible. Thomas received the award for his efforts in revitalizing several properties and areas in downtown Greenville.
Read more about the annual program at The Daily Reflector
Taft Development Group's The Boundary at West End has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Student Housing Properties by online reputation for 2017.
This marks the second year in a row that The Boundary at West End has been recognized for its property performance and REITs, with regards to its online reputation, by J Turners ORA Power Rankings, earning an ORA score of 83.
Read more at Multifamily Executive
Amid the sounds of hammering and buzzing saws, and the sight of dust being kicked up as dump trucks and lift trucks came and went, a bright blue tower crane 160 foot tall with a boom of 260 feet provided a unique opportunity for members of Greenville Fire-Rescue to practice high angle rescues on Friday morning at the Campus Edge student housing property on 10th Street and Charles Boulevard.
“For us, this is unique,” said Captain Mervin “Tuggy” Taylor. “Our landscape has changed over the last 10 years, and what I mean by that is were coming from the rural community to a small municipality with a growing scale of elevated platforms in the city.
One of the training drills simulated a crane operator experiencing a medical emergency while climbing the ladder and stairs to access the cab, 125 feet off the ground. More than a dozen firefighters participated in the training, and they began preparations last month.
The training was a collaboration between the city and Taft Development Group.
“We're extremely proud the the Taft-Ward development company was willing to allow us to come out and do this,” Griffin said. “It's not often that we have the availability to a crane, but if we can continue to work with our partners in the community, we will do it as much as possible to make sure all of our personnel are trained and to be able to provide a rescue or to perform a rescue at high angles or in any other type of environment.”
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Taft Development Group, in partnership with Ward Holdings and Taft Constuction Group, has broken ground on The Proximity at 10th, a 609-bed student housing community located adjacent to East Carolina University in Greenville. The development will be located across from the new ECU Student Center, and will offer studio, two-, three-, and four-bedroom fully furnished units with bed-to-bath parity.
Community amenities will include 12,000 square feet of retail; a 9,000 square foot clubhouse; fitness center, yoga studio, game room, co-working and innovation space; a student gallery; and over 20 study rooms and lounges. The exterior of the property will feature a courtyard with a fire pit, grills, a water feature, covered cabana lounge, hammock garden and a resort-style pool.
The Proximity at 10th is expected for completion in fall 2019.
Read more in the September/October 2017 issue of Student Business Housing
Top 50 Student Housing Properties by Online Reputation
Taft Development Group's The Boundary at West End ranks number 23 with an ORA score of 85.
More than 81% of students use online ratings and reviews to search for an apartment, according to J Turner Research's exclusive ORA Power Rankings.
This issue of ORA Power Rankings focuses on the student housing market. In this debut ranking, J Turner Research features the Top 50 student housing properties in the nation by online reputation, tracking more than 1,100 such developments nationwide across various review sites.
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Development teams are debuting their first age-restricted, "pocket neighborhood" in Clayton.
The first model homes for the proposed 300-unit Walk at East Village community have opened at the intersection of U.S. 70 Business and N.C. 42 next to the new apartments at Arbors at East Village, and the community will be hosting an open house event April 22.
Walk at East Village will have a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with the traditional neighborhood amenities, including a pool, fitness center and coffee shop, along with walking paths throughout the entire community. The project is about one mile east of Clayton’s downtown district. It is designated as an age-restricted community, which means that at least one member of the homebuying household must be 55 years or older.
The Walk at East Village is being developed in partnership with Taft Development Group.
Read the full article at Triangle Business Journal