$38.5M capitalization secured for luxury Cleveland multi-housing development

23 May 2023

DENVER – JLL Capital Markets announced that it has arranged $38.5 million in construction financing, in addition to Co-GP equity, for Residences at Bolivar, a 184-unit, Class A, luxury multi-housing development with 2,611 square feet of ground-floor retail located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

JLL represented the borrower, SomeraRoad Inc., to arrange the $38.5 million loan through a Midwest-based regional bank. JLL also secured Co-GP equity investment with LCI Development Partners, an affiliate of Leopardo Companies, who is acting as the General Contractor on the project.

Set to deliver in early 2025, the seven-story community will be an adaptive re-use project that is built on top of a refurbished, three-story 277-space parking garage. The property will feature studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units averaging 703 square feet. The development will offer luxury unit finishes and a highly impressive amenity package, including a resort-style pool, sun deck, resident lounge, fitness center, package room and bike storage. The exterior of Residences at Bolivar will pay homage to the neighborhood’s historic roots, while the interior will support high-end living.

Situated at 1060 Bolivar Road, within an Opportunity Zone, Residences at Bolivar will be located within the core of the Cleveland CBD in the highly walkable Gateway District. It will be bounded by Bolivar Road, East 9th Street and Erie Court, and the property’s central location creates the opportunity for a live-work-play-stay destination. Residents will be minutes from Progressive Field, Rocket Mortgage Field House, countless bars, restaurants and venues, as well as adjacent to an office property also owned by SomeraRoad. The community will offer phenomenal access to Interstate 90 and Highway 20 via East 9th Street and will be proximate to the various public transportation stops that provide access to the Tower City Center, which is only .5 miles from Bolivar Road.

The JLL Capital Markets Advisory Team representing the borrower was led by Senior Managing Director Leon McBroom, Managing Director David Gaines and Directors Lucas Borges and Will Haass.

“Residences at Bolivar is a testament to capital’s appetite for uniquely positioned development opportunities, spearheaded by first class developers like SomeraRoad and LCI Development Partners.” said Director Will Haass, “Cleveland saw 15.3% rent growth year-over-year and has proven to be a resilient market. Residences at Bolivar will be a welcomed new construction offering to the market.”

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