EdR (NYSE:EDR), a leader in the ownership, development and management of collegiate housing, announced today that it will develop a $46.1 million collegiate housing community at Duke University in Durham, N.C., through a joint venture with Javelin 19 Investments of Washington, D.C. EdR, as the 90% owner and managing member of the joint venture, will provide development, construction oversight and management services for the 386-bed community, which is scheduled for a summer 2014 completion. Javelin 19 will be co-developer and 10% owner. “We are excited to be involved with Javelin 19 in this development,” said Randy Churchey, EdR president and chief executive officer. “Javelin 19 is a forward-thinking development company with a solid reputation and we are confident that, together, we will have other successes and exciting opportunities in the future.” The community is designed to appeal to graduate students and upperclassmen whose housing needs are not met on the Duke University campus. Graduate students constitute more than half of the total 2012 enrollment of 14,591 students. The new community will be within walking distance of recently leased university office and research space where graduate students will be employed or studying. The location is also pedestrian to Durham’s downtown entertainment district, the Durham Bulls baseball park and the recently completed city transportation hub. The occupancy rate for apartments in the Durham sub-market is in the high 90s. “While a graduate student at Duke, I led several consulting projects focused on the nearby West End community,” said Jill Homan, principal at Javelin 19 Investments. “This highly traveled, yet under resourced corridor between Duke and downtown Durham is an incredibly exciting redevelopment opportunity. I’m proud to join with the EdR team and invest in the city to improve and enhance the quality of life and business appeal of Durham.” The urban-style, mid-rise development will offer studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments along with upscale amenities — lounge, coffee bar, fitness center, yoga area, cable, Wi-Fi and internet access, outdoor grilling area and swimming pool. An attached garage will provide nearly 400 parking spaces for residents.
Completing the team with EdR and Javelin 19 are lead architect JDavis Architects of Raleigh, N.C., civil engineer John R. McAdams of Durham, N.C. and Clancy & Theys Construction Co. of Wilmington, N.C.About Javelin 19 Investments Washington, D.C.-based Javelin 19 invests in and develops multi-family and commercial real estate in the mid-Atlantic region. Founded by Duke alumna Jill Homan and Kevin Hill, Javelin 19 targets acquisitions and developments in the $5M to $50M range. The company principals pursue both on- and off-market opportunities using their extensive industry network and partner with experienced management companies and equity investors. For details, please visit the company's Web site at www.javelin19.com. About EdR EdR (NYSE:EDR) is one of America's largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing. EdR is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns or manages 67 communities in 24 states with more than 37,000 beds. For details, please visit the company's Web site at www.EdRtrust.com . Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Statements about the company's business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements because the matters they describe are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's future results, performance, or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks are set forth under the captions “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in our annual report on Form 10-K and under the caption “Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” (or similar captions) in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and as described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the dates on which they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any guidance or other forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.