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ACRE Provides $43.5M Loan for ‘Connect at First Creek’ Development in Denver

ACRE, a global real estate private equity firm, has finalized a $43.5 million bridge loan with Peak Capital Partners (“Peak Capital”), to support the luxury multifamily apartment community ‘Connect at First Creek’ in Denver.

Issued through ACRE’s latest debt fund “ACRE Credit I”, the loan will support Peak Capital’s purchase of the 150-unit community. Executed in May, the 3-year agreement includes options for two single-year extensions.

Brian Caudel and Jack Tidrick at KeyBank Real Estate Capital served as brokers for the deal.

“Denver has continued to add huge numbers of both jobs and residents over recent years, making it one of the country’s fastest-growing metro areas and creating a critical need for high-quality rental housing,” said Daniel Jacobs, managing partner at ACRE. “Connect at First Creek has already enjoyed impressive success in helping to satisfy that robust demand, and we’re proud to play a role in supporting Peak Capital’s purchase of this first-class property.”

Located at 17900 East 56th Avenue, Connect at First Creek was built and delivered by Massimino Development. Since opening in 2020, the community has enjoyed significant lease-up success and is currently 96 percent leased.

The 150 luxury units feature a wide range of amenities, with in-unit features and finishes including stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, Bluetooth keyless deadbolt locks, wood-style flooring, washer/dryer, walk-in closets, and private balcony/patio space. Community amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse, open-air dining spaces with stainless steel BBQ grills, game room with billiards, coworking and conference spaces, a half-acre dedicated park, and direct access to First Creek Trail.

The agreement for Connect at First Creek was one of four loans, totaling approximately $169 million, issued via ‘ACRE Credit I’ in May alone. Other loans finalized during the month were issued in support of multifamily developments in Nashville, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The loan also represents the third issued to Peak Capital since ACRE Credit 1’s launch in August 2020, following two transactions for properties in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

To date, the fund has raised $509 million of equity and has committed to providing more than $2 billion in whole loans across 52 transactions to support the acquisition, lease-up, redevelopment, and recapitalization of multifamily assets in growing secondary markets across the U.S.

“Our lending platform has been able to provide financing for a fast-expanding list of apartment developments across a wide variety of markets, as we continue to form and solidify partnerships with industry leaders like Peak Capital Partners,” said Jacobs. “May marked yet another productive month for ‘ACRE Credit I’, and we look forward to continuing to support other companies and the country’s rental housing sector at large, as it experiences nearly unprecedented growth.”

Connect at First Creek is located just a short distance from Pena Boulevard, Interstate 70, Interstate 225 and the 61st & Pena Light Rail station, offering residents an easy trip to downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and Aurora. The property is also adjacent to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,988-acre wildlife sanctuary.

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