KeyBank and Fairstead To Preserve Affordable Housing in Kentucky Communities

Originally published at KeyBank ranked No. 18 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, and KeyBank Real Estate Capital announced the acquisition of 950 units of affordable housing for families and seniors across Kentucky. Home to more than 1,500 residents, the 16 properties are located in Louisville and the surrounding communities, as well as in Lexington and across the southwest of the state. With this acquisition, Fairstead now owns nearly 1,300 units across Kentucky.

“Fairstead is expanding its portfolio throughout the U.S. to foster vibrant communities, ensure that our families and seniors have an affordable, stable place to live, and drive a sustainable future so our neighborhoods can grow and thrive,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, CEO of Fairstead. “From launching Fairstead Ventures, our new venture capital arm dedicated to bringing sustainable new technologies to affordable housing, to monumental new acquisitions, 2022 is shaping up to be our company’s biggest year of growth, including this important partnership with KeyBank for a substantial portfolio in Kentucky.”

“KeyBank has a steadfast commitment to helping the clients and communities we serve thrive,” said Eric Steinberg, a senior banker with KeyBank’s Community Development Lending and Investment team. “We’re excited to be part of Fairstead’s efforts to preserve affordable housing in Kentucky. Their resources and expertise are making a real difference in neighborhoods around the state.”

The 16 properties are located in the Louisville, Bardstown, Barbourville, Hardin, Hodgenville, Lexington, Mayfield, New Haven, Scottsville, Shepherdsville and Radcliff communities. The residences are a mix of family and senior housing and are affordable through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 and LIHTC programs.

“Fairstead’s commitment to Kentucky means working with communities to preserve long-term affordability and promote housing stability for families and seniors,” said Estelle Chan, Director, Development at Fairstead. “We are proud to partner with KeyBank to preserve the homes of thousands of Kentucky residents across the state.”

Fairstead entered the Kentucky market in 2020 with the acquisition of Colony Apartments, a 137-unit affordable senior housing property in Covington. Fairstead, in partnership with the Kentucky Housing Corporation and the City of Covington, recently celebrated Colony Community Day, marking the completion of renovations at the property with a celebration for residents and local partners. In 2021, Fairstead acquired Cambridge Square, a 200-unit affordable property for families also in Covington that is undergoing a $12 million overhaul.


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