First Southern Nat'l Bank v. Sunnyslope Housing, No. 12-17241 (9th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Sunnyslope, as the debtor of a chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, exercised the cram down option pursuant to section 506(a) of the Bankruptcy Code and elected to retain the property at issue. Sunnyslope argued that the value of First Southern’s secured interest should be calculated with the affordable housing restrictions remaining in place. The bankruptcy court and the district court both agreed. First Southern appeals. The court denied Sunnyslope’s motion to dismiss the appeals as equitably moot. The court concluded that valuing First Southern’s secured interest as if the affordable housing restrictions related to subordinated positions still applied was not appropriate under section 506(a). All of the restrictive covenants and other provisions that Sunnyslope seeks to invoke to limit the project to affordable housing and to the reduced rental income that would be collected as a result are derived from positions that were junior and expressly subordinated to First Southern's interest. As a result, the plan of reorganization confirmed by the bankruptcy court and affirmed by the district court must be set aside, because it was based on an improper valuation of First Southern's interest. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.