Location: 4005 15th Ave. NE, Seattle
Size: 140 residential units 9,000 SF
Completion: 1997

The historic Commodore Apartments and the Duchess Apartments were joined as one by the University of Washington in the 1950s. This development project was a joint venture between the University of Washington and the non-profit National Development Council (NDC). Vacant when the project began, the 140-unit building was leased by the NDC from the University of Washington and renovated to provide student housing.

NDC then hired a developer to assist them in implementing the project. Maria Barrientos served as Project Manager for the development team. She worked with the NDC team to put the deal structure together and worked on the financing package. The financing was a unique, tax-exempt bond issue under IRS 63-20 Rules. (These redeveloped units will be operated as student housing until the bond debt is retired and at such time, will revert to 100% University of Washington ownership.) Maria managed the A&E team during design and managed the construction administration process.

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