January 1, 2008 | Multifamily Executive

Last fall, in the heart of Memphis, Tenn., workers swarmed over a gothic revival skyscraper that had stood vacant and crumbling for more than 10 years.

“It was like a black hole just sucking the life out of downtown,” said Bill Whitman, president of Telesis CDE Corp., a developer based in Washington, D.C. Telesis planned to open the first new apartments in December 2007 in the redeveloped 22-story Columbian Mutual Tower and the five-story Lowenstein Building next door. The combined project, known as the Court Square Center, will eventually include 59 residential units and 27,675 square feet of retail and office space.

A government program made the deal work. Telesis’ $51 million project received $11.7 million in equity from the sale of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs)...

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