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Hospitality Makes for Perfect Bedfellows Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Issues and Challenges at the West Baden Springs Hotel Eric Darling Carlisle.

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1 Hospitality Makes for Perfect Bedfellows Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Issues and Challenges at the West Baden Springs Hotel Eric Darling Carlisle Tax Credit Advisors LLC 33 Union Street, 2nd Floor Boston MA 02108 (617) 367-4304

2 My role today –To be the token technical guy –To alert you that these projects that combine many parties, including tax exempts, may create a multitude of tax and syndication issues. –To reassure you that, with enough effort, most of them can be resolved.

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4 The Historic Landmarks Era Historic Landmarks of Indiana owned West Baden for many years In the 1990s, Historic Landmarks approached Mr. Cook for assistance Mr. Cook expended $37 million on the hotel. This was not a charitable donation - the assets were capitalized on the books of CFC, a Cook entity.

5 Call from Jason In 2003, I receive a call from Jason Rager of the Cook Group. Jason describes a fantastic old hotel that seems right out of an old storybook He just needs answers to a few issues

6 Sample Issues How could they preserve the value of the prior $37 million in expenditures? How would project ownership by tax-exempt entities impact the tax credit? What portion of a comprehensive rehabilitation of the hotel, its outer buildings, the grounds and the construction of a new golf course would qualify as QREs? What would be the impediments to a tax credit syndication?

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8 The visit to West Baden The reality of West Baden is stunning - no longer just numbers! The introduction of the French Lick Hotel & Spa to the mix The possibility of a casino affiliated with the hotels

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12 The Plan How to implement the grand design of casino/golf course/hotels Bring in another developer Arrange a taxable bond issue Work through the Indiana Gaming Commission issues Perform a HTC syndication

13 The Reality Complications arose! The syndication could not be completed to a third party Mr. Cook rises to the occasion one more time Cook Group Inc. invests for the tax credit Ultimately, Cook Group takes over the entire ownership of the project The project is completed to rave reviews

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