Johnston Square Apartments

Johnston Square Apartments was original built in 1913 as a manufacturing facility.  It was the London Fog coat company. In 1980 the site was converted to its current use as affordable housing, financed by the State of Maryland's Community Development Administration and supported by a project-based Section 8 contract covering all of the units. The property is a mix of 217 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, serving elderly and handicapped tenants in the Johnston Square Neighborhood. Evergreen Wishcamper, LLC, an affiliate of Evergreen Partners, acquired the property in October 2008. Evergreen Wishcamper recapitalized the property and is completing extensive renovations. The bond transaction was carried out in conjunction with a Mark to Market restructuring and was among the first properties in the country to participate in HUD's "Green Initiative".  The redevelopment will enable the property to continue to serve the affordable housing needs of the community for many years to come, aided by a 20 year extension of the project-based Section 8 contract.

Johnston Square Apartments
501 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 837-3383

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Preservation Transaction Description

First Mortgage Financing: Tax-exempt financing using bonds issued by the Maryland Community Development Authority with HUD credit enhancement under the 221(d)(4) program.

Second Mortgage Financing: HUD Mark to Market second mortgage.

Equity Financing: Equity raised through the sale of 4% low income housing tax credits to Sun America.

Section 8 Contract Renewal: Yes

PILOT Agreement: Yes, approved and implemented through the City of Baltimore

Property Rehabilitation Scope

Over $9.0 million in total rehabilitation expenditures including:

  • Significant "green" improvements, including water, electricity and HVAC savings, improved indoor air quality, additional recycling efforts, native landscaping, usage monitoring system and improved resident education
  • Kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances, & flooring replacement
  • Bathroom vanity, sinks, lavatory, and flooring replacement
  • VCT flooring replacement in both apartments and common areas
  • Install new roof
  • Replace Whalen units, rebuild cooling tower and replace rooftop AC units and air handlers
  • New common area lighting
  • Window replacement

Development Partners

Allocating Agency
Maryland Community Development Administration

Local HUD Office
Baltimore HUD Office

City of Baltimore, Maryland


Deutsche Bank

Legal Counsel
Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP

The Architectural Team

General Contractor
Whiting Turner, Inc.

Dominion Due Diligence Group