Building Hope A Charter School Facilities Fund Developing
Building Hope A Charter School Facilities Fund Developing Wisely. Doing Good. Building Hope. The Role We Play Building Hope assists public charter schools with facility acquisition, renovation, construction, and financing. Our services include: Real Estate Financing
Direct Lending and Credit Enhancement Pro Bono Technical Assistance Incubator Facilities Project Management Services Business Services History of Charter School Facilities in D.C. 1996 Whatever schools could find
2002 Strictly focused on commercial markets: Office space/ Industrial parks Churches/Community Center Surplus DC School buildings 2013 Focused on reuse of former DCPS locations: Incubator space Co-location with DCPS Lease of surplus DCPS buildings
Commercial market There are many groups that specialize in charter school facilities. 1. We recommend you talk with experienced professionals 2. Talk to other charter schools that have been in your situation Mature Early Stage School Demand D.C. Charter School Solutions Commercial Space/ New Development
DCPS Disposition process Community Facility Lease Incubator Initiative Private Facility Public Facility Building Supply Determining Space Needs General rules of thumb: 1. 100 SF per student
2. Space planning exercise with an architect There are a few architects that specialize in charter schools. Building Hopes Technical Assistance Center can help facilitate this process for free There are charter school facility specialists: They can help with the brokerage process and new site development from the ground up. We recommend you do not enter into an exclusive relationship with a broker. There are too many stories of schools who regret that decision. Facility Budgeting There are rules of thumb for facility costs: Everything below is under the assumption of 100 square feet per student used for a building space. Keep the annual facility costs (including operating costs) below the $3,072 per student facility funding level.
Operating costs average $7/SF or $700 per student. That leaves roughly $2,300 for lease/mortgage. Renovation on existing property: construction costs range from $150$190 per SF or up to $19,000 per student. Brand new development: construction costs range from $250-$350 per SF or up to 35,000 per student. Lease rates should be no more than $23 per SF for built space, or much less for space requiring build outs. What can you afford? Sample Project Sources and Uses Incubator Initiative
For start-ups, this may be the best alternative quality space at affordable price Public/private partnership between Building Hope and OSSE Goal is to provide short term, affordable space for start up charter schools Rent is based on (facilities allowance x number of students - 20% withholding) This is for new schools to use on other facilities-related items
Rent is full service and includes all costs except phone and internet, security, and furniture and fixtures. Incubator Initiative (contd) urrently have 7 sites across the District 3029 14th Street NW (Ward 1) 100 41st Street NE (Ward 7) former DCPS 908 Wahler Place SE (Ward 8) former DCPS 4600 Livingston Road SE (Ward 8) former DCPS 3301 Wheeler Rd, SE (Ward 8) former DCPS 301 Douglas St., NE (Ward 5) former DCPS
5601 E. Capitol St., SE (Ward 7) former DCPS Real Estate Financing Real estate/facility general considerations Availability in marketplace Affordability (What can you afford? slide) Real estate trends cost Commercial vs. public Lease vs. buy Understand the proposed property transaction Buy/Develop Purchase of property: down payment; due diligence; letter of intent from bank Building improvements: realistic projections of cost; realistic
timeframe Experienced project management team Real Estate Financing (contd) Lease Term - $$ and years Improvements: cost; bank considerations; guarantee Option to buy Understand the financing proposal develop or lease Quality of lender - type of commitment Terms/covenants Defaults/guarantee Impact on future expansion Relationships with lenders may need in future for financing
Lenders Needs Financial Statements and Budgets Proforma: balance sheet statement of operation statement of cash flows Financial & operating metrics Previous Financial Audits (if applicable) Make sure assumptions are realistic Enrollment trends, demographics, competition Staff capabilities/trends Facility size and cost Fundraising goals
Lenders Needs (contd) Due Diligence Organization: Mission, Strategic Plans Academic performance: Metrics, Results, Adherence to contract Management and Governance: Bios, Tenure, Minutes Authorizer relationship: Approval documents, Renewal reports, Annual reports Community Support: Parents, Community Organizations, Foundations Project Details: Team, vendor bids, Pricing, Environmental reports Financing: Bank considerations, credit enhancements, previous borrowing
Resource Centers FOCUS has a Real Estate Advisory Center. Ask them for impartial advice (full disclosure: we are a member along with other facility solution providers). http://www.focusdc.org/real-estate-council The National Charter School Resource Center has a website with access to numerous reports from around the country. http://www.charterschoolcenter.org/priority-area/facilities
Building Hope has a technical assistance center on its website with free tools and resources. Or call Tom Porter anytime for pro bono advice. http://www.buildinghope.org/ Contact: Tom Porter [email protected] 202-457-1991
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