Dakota Principal, Roberto Arista, recently spoke with the Hartford Business Journal on the company’s extensive portfolio of communities in the Hartford area, plans for future projects, and the impact we’ve all felt from the last year.Learn more

Congratulations on your recent promotion to EVP of Acquisitions and Development! Tell us about this newly established group you’re leading and its goals.
Thank you, I am very excited about my new role with Dakota Partners.  We have put together a highly experienced development team to implement Dakota’s strategic expansion into the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We have our sights on additional markets as well, but those will be part of a longer term plan.
Tell us about your team and the individual contributions being made to the overall goals.
We are extremely pleased to have recently added two new Development Directors to our team, Brian Donato and Paul Marfione. Their impressive bios are highlighted below in the New Hires section. Brian, Paul and I have worked together in the past so, as a team, we have been able to hit the ground running!

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LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND – Construction at Lincoln Lofts is complete and residents will begin moving into their new homes at the end of the month. Interest in the community has been incredibly high – with more than 720 applications received. Currently, 25 of the 45 units are leased with the goal of fully leasing the property by the end of the year.Learn more

In the midst of this pandemic, our property manager, Maloney Partners, has continued to be on the front lines

  • Providing support for our tenants
  • Implementing new procedures to ensure safety at our communities
  • Adapting lease up and move in activities at Columbus Commons in New Britain, CT

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You have a lot of experience in the affordable housing industry. How did you get your start?

When I initially came to Boston in 2008, I was looking into roles in the life sciences industry, and thinking about medical school (Charlie has a degree in Neuroscience from St. Lawrence University). I had the opportunity to sit down with folks at Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) in Boston, and its mission really resonated with me. I thought, “let’s give it a shot,” when they offered me a position. I wanted to see where it would take me. Nearly twelve years later, here we are.Learn more