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Pacific Mercantile Bank Helps Southland Development Turn Historical Victorian Cottages into Student Housing

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bank ("the Bank"), the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC), today announced that it has extended construction financing to Southland Development to fund the renovation of two turn-of-the-century Victorian cottages into student housing adjacent to the University of Southern California (USC).

The renovation project culminates a decades long effort to save the two homes from destruction. As part of the renovation, the two historic Victorian cottages have been relocated from Royal Street near the campus of USC to a vacant lot on Portland Street, a few blocks away.

Southland Development, a full-service real estate finance, investment, development and management organization, plans to preserve the exterior of the historic wood-frame cottages while converting the interior into master bedrooms with master baths for students along with common kitchen, dining and laundry areas.

"We are truly appreciative of Pacific Mercantile Bank's support for this unique development project," said John Guell, President & CEO of Southland Development. "We are very pleased that we were able to work collaboratively with USC, the West Adams Heritage Association, and the University Park Historical Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) to develop a solution to a long-standing dilemma that will preserve the integrity of these historic homes while providing much-needed student housing in the area. It's an absolute win-win situation for all the parties involved."

"We've had the privilege to develop a long-term relationship with Southland Development and to finance a number of their successful student housing projects," said Tom Vertin, President of Commercial Banking for Pacific Mercantile Bank. "We are excited to play a role in this latest project and help finance a development that will truly enhance the surrounding community. John Guell and the other members of the public-private partnership that are responsible for developing the plan to relocate and preserve these historic homes should be commended for their commitment to working together to the benefit of the community at large."

About Pacific Mercantile Bank

Pacific Mercantile Bank opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is FDIC insured and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business owners and business professionals through its combination of traditional banking offices and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.

The Bank, headquartered in Orange County, operates a total of nine offices in Southern California, located in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive online banking services accessible at www.pmbank.com. Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC) is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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Source:Pacific Mercantile Bank