Covenant Villas Breaks Ground in Palm Beach
by on March 6, 2017 in News & Press

Covenant Villas Groundbreaking


Newport Property Construction is renovating/rehabilitating the 144-unit property

Belle Glade, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – Housing Trust Group (HTG), one of the nation’s leading developers of affordable housing, in a joint venture with The Spectra Organization, Inc. (an affiliate of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority), held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, March 6, 2017 for Covenant Villas, a 144-unit apartment community in Belle Glade, Florida. The previously market-rate apartments will be converted to affordable housing and set aside for families earning at or below 60% and 33% of the Palm Beach County area media income (AMI). Newport Property Construction is the general contractor.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony was attended U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings; along with representatives on behalf of County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and the Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability; Belle Glade Mayor Steve B. Wilson; and City Manager Lomax Harrelle.

“Palm Beach County, and Belle Glade in particular, has a tremendous immediate need for safe, clean and affordable housing for its residents, and it is so gratifying to be able to provide exactly that for the families of this city,” said HTG President and CEO Matthew Rieger. “Our work has made us a leader in multifamily affordable housing, and we are so proud to be able to take part in such an important project which will provide newly renovated apartments to the deserving citizens of the City of Belle Glade and Palm Beach County.”

“We specialize in multifamily construction nationwide and we are particularly pleased to partner with HTG on this project serving our South Florida community,” said Jose More, Principal, Newport Property Construction.

Covenant Villas was built in 1988 and consists of 144 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in 18 garden-style buildings. HTG’s renovation program will bring the property up to local code and satisfy all Florida Housing Finance Corporation affordable housing guidelines. All buildings will get new metal roofs, impact-resistant windows, new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, and new interior carpentry, drywall, paint and cabinetry. There will also be enhanced landscaping and paving/re-stripping, and enhanced site lighting.

HTG acquired the property for $22 million, which includes funding for renovations. Financing sources include $18.2 million in 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity invested by Raymond James Tax Credit Funds; loans totaling $2.2 million from Palm Beach County; permanent financing from National Lending Partners of $1.9 million; and a $13.5 million construction loan from TD Bank. Rehabilitation commenced in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is expected to be completed September 2017.

The general contractor on this project is Newport Property Construction, a leading provider and builder of construction services in South Florida. Palm Beach County local, Kimberly A. Dellastatious, PA, is the architect and West Palm Beach Land Developers Consortium are the engineers for the rehabilitation of Covenant Villas.

HTG recently completed construction of Courtside Family in Miami, FL, in partnership with Alonzo Mourning, Wagner Creek in the City of Miami’s burgeoning Health District  and Valencia Grove in the City of Eustis and has four other affordable housing communities currently under construction in Florida including, Freedom Gardens in Brooksville, Park at Wellington (two phases) in Holiday, Arbor View in Margate and Hammock Ridge in Brooksville. HTG also has two market rate communities in development outside of Florida, Forest Cove in Chattanooga, TN and Aviva in Mesa, AZ.


About Housing Trust Group
Housing Trust Group (HTG) is an award-winning full-service developer of multifamily residential communities whose real estate transactions exceed $2 billion in commercial, land and residential developments across Florida, the Southeastern U.S. and Arizona. HTG develops, builds and manages a diverse portfolio of affordable housing, workforce housing, market-rate housing, and mixed-use developments. For more information, please visit

About Newport Property Construction
Founded in the mid 2000’s South Florida-based Newport Property Construction is a leading provider of building and construction services. Newport is a state-certified General Contractor, specializing in construction management in the areas of Multi-Unit Repositioning and Commercial Construction. Based in South Florida, Newport has grown to successfully manage projects in more than 10 states across the Southeastern U.S., repositioning more than 13,000 units since its founding.  For information visit

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