MARTA and Goldman Sachs Asset Management Announce $100 Million Atlanta Affordable Housing and Transit-Oriented Development Initiative
The Initiative Will Support Affordable Housing, Transit Access, and Minority Developers
MARTA has announced a partnership with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs) for a $100 million initiative to finance new development at or within a mile of MARTA rail stations. The Atlanta Affordable Housing and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Initiative is a flexible, multi-product program designed to promote and support the development of ground-up mixed-income, TOD projects that benefit from proximity to MARTA’s 38 heavy rail stations and 12 Atlanta Streetcar light rail stops.
“MARTA has long been focused on not only moving people throughout the region but in improving the communities we serve. This partnership with Goldman Sachs supports our ongoing mission to provide equitable access to jobs, education, and affordable housing,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “The initiative helps boost development in the communities around our rail stations and lays the groundwork in advance of other planned transit projects.”
Through the Initiative, Goldman Sachs will seek to provide up to $100 million of capital via Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity, joint venture equity, and traditional construction debt, benefitting developers of affordable and mixed income housing projects and stimulating growth and opportunity across Atlanta, with a strong emphasis on funding projects led by minority developers. This year, Goldman Sachs will prioritize projects that involve Opportunity Zone equity investments as well as projects that align with Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative, a $10 billion commitment to advance racial equity by investing in Black women.
“Access to stable, quality, affordable housing near reliable transportation is critical to every area of a person’s life and is connected to better health outcomes and economic mobility,” said Margaret Anadu, the Global Head of Sustainability and Impact for Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “Through One Million Black Women, we are investing in the infrastructure that enables Black women, their families and their communities to succeed and are so excited to participate in this work in Atlanta.”
“Our team focuses on deploying capital in projects where we can unlock opportunities for families and communities. The intersection of transit with affordable housing and investing with minority developers will allow us to create meaningful impact in Atlanta,” said Yarojin Robinson, a Vice President in the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “As a Georgia native, I’m really excited to be working on this effort with MARTA for Goldman Sachs.”
Earlier this year, MARTA facilitated the creation of another $100 million affordable housing TOD fund which is focused on protecting and preserving existing units within a half mile of its rail stations.
MARTA currently has 1,500 affordable housing units either completed, under construction, in negotiation or in procurement/planning. Many of those units are located in Federal Opportunity Zones with plans for deep affordability as part of each project. Developers of these projects on MARTA land will have another source of capital from which to fund their projects.
About the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Urban Investment Group
Bringing together traditional and alternative investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management provides clients around the world with a dedicated partnership and focus on long-term performance. As the primary investing area within Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), we deliver investment and advisory services for the world’s leading institutions, financial advisors and individuals, drawing from our deeply connected global network and tailored expert insights, across every region and market—overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets under supervision worldwide as of March 31, 2021. Driven by a passion for our clients’ performance, we seek to build long-term relationships based on conviction, sustainable outcomes, and shared success over time. Goldman Sachs Asset Management invests in the full spectrum of alternatives, including private equity, growth equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure. Established in 2001, the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management has committed over $10 billion through real estate projects, social enterprises and lending facilities for small businesses and students, creating economic value and opportunities for underserved communities and families. Follow us on LinkedIn.