Western Alliance Plays Key Role in Funding New Affordable Housing in San Diego

July 11, 2023

San Diego residents now have an attractive new affordable housing option: The Orchard at Hilltop, a mixed-use affordable housing development in San Diego’s Chollas View neighborhood. 

The project includes 113 affordable apartment homes from studios to four-bedroom units, a hospitality venue and 6,500 square feet of retail space. By combining and cleaning up a dozen parcels on nine acres, it transforms empty land into a vibrant and sustainable community close to schools, parks and shopping. 

Western Alliance Bank Affordable Housing, in collaboration with Boston Capital Finance, played a lead role in financing the development with $31 million in construction debt and $13 million in permanent debt. This private placement debt structure represents Western Alliance’s unique, made-to-measure approach to affordable housing finance. The arrangement offers developers the assurance and convenience of a one-stop debt execution from groundbreaking through the 15-year compliance period — plus the ability for bankers to be more flexible in tailoring the debt to a client’s needs.

The project was the brainchild of Affirmed Housing, a leading affordable housing developer, in partnership with the San Diego Housing Commission. Based in San Diego, Affirmed Housing creates sustainable and award-winning communities throughout California. 

The project’s three energy-efficient apartment buildings are designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Located near public transportation, The Orchard at Hilltop readily accommodates residents without a car, while also offering convenient access to Route 94 and downtown San Diego. Shared spaces include a swimming pool, basketball half-court, playground and recreation lawn. Original public art appears in indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the project, while a renewed stormwater channel creates a natural wildlife habitat in the busy urban context. 

Western Alliance Bank Affordable Housing is a division of Western Alliance Bank that provides financing for affordable housing developments nationwide, with a particular focus on the western United States. The bank has a long history of supporting affordable housing projects that promote economic opportunity, social equity and community development. Responsive, expert bankers offer an array of solutions, including a complete slate of Treasury Management products and services tailored to clients’ needs. 


Western Alliance Bank's Affordable Housing Group

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