ATLANTA, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE MKT: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") today announced that on April 30, 2013 it closed on a mezzanine loan investment of up to approximately $11 million to Iris Crosstown Partners LLC (" Crosstown"), a Georgia limited liability company, in connection with Crosstown's plans to construct a 342-unit multifamily community in Tampa, Florida. In connection with the mezzanine loan, the Company was granted an option to purchase the 342-unit multifamily community between the 38 th and 43 rd months following the closing of the mezzanine loan for a pre-negotiated purchase price of approximately $39.7 million. About Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a Maryland corporation formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted markets throughout the United States. As part of our business strategy, we may enter into forward purchase contracts or purchase options for to-be-built multifamily communities and we may make mezzanine loans, provide deposit arrangements, or provide performance assurances, as may be necessary or appropriate, in connection with the construction of multifamily communities and other properties. As a secondary strategy, we also may acquire or originate senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or mezzanine debt secured by interests in multifamily properties, membership or partnership interests in multifamily properties and other multifamily related assets and invest not more than 10% of our total assets in other real estate related investments, as determined by our manager as appropriate for us. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, commencing with its tax year ended December 31, 2011. SOURCE Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.