The Michaels Organization announced that it has significantly expanded its presence in the Caribbean, with the opening of a new regional office in Puerto Rico. The office will be headed by Michaels’ newly named Regional Vice President, Larry Padilla, who will focus on the redevelopment of Michaels affordable portfolio in St. Croix and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, as well as on new affordable and mixed-income development opportunities in Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining Michaels, Padilla served as the Senior Director of Real Estate and Development Finance for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, where he was responsible for the agency’s property dispositions, land development, affordable and workforce housing initiatives, and community finance functions. His previous roles also include Chief Operations Officer at the Charlotte Housing Authority and Chief Operations Officer for a real estate development and construction conglomerate in Puerto Rico.

Michaels has been in the Caribbean for more than 30 years, providing much-needed affordable housing for families at three apartment communities in St. Croix: Harborview, Canebrake, and Croixville. Michaels’ also owns and manages a senior living affordable community, Sugar Estates Senior Residences on St. Thomas. During the 2017 storms that devastated the islands, Michaels communities sustained damage, and Padilla’s first focus will be on the redevelopment of these properties.