Home City Development purchased the Elias Brookings School from the City of Springfield in June 2018.
HCDI was awarded resources from DHCD in 2020 to adapt and rehabilitate the building into 42 affordable rental housing units. Other funds include state and federal historic tax credits, City of Springfield HOME and Community Preservation Act funds. MassHousing will provide the permanent first mortgage loan and a subordinate workforce housing loan.
We plan to begin construction in early 2021. Construction will be completed in twelve months. HCDI is working with Davis Square Architects; Development Consultant Gerry Joseph; Allegrone Construction; Klein-Hornig LLP; Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C.; as well as many other partners on this project.
An 8.73-acre site at 22 Amherst Road in Pelham has been purchased by Home City Development for the purpose of creating multi-family rental housing. A portion of the adjacent 18-20 Amherst Road property will also become part of the development site.
Informal consultation with Town Boards has begun and a formal permitting process with public hearings and comment by abutters and other community members will commence in 2020.
New South Street Apartments consists of 18 one-bedroom, three-bedroom and 4-bedroom affordable apartments located in the downtown Northampton. The building was constructed in 1891 and acquired by Home City Development in 2013. We are now pursuing funds for upgrades including: new heat and hot water systems, windows, kitchen and bathroom improvements, electrical and fire protection improvements, flooring, and painting.
We purchased the top five floors of 275 Chestnut Street and made substantial physical improvements in 2019. 104 single room occupancy (SRO) units were converted to 101 enhanced SRO units. Renovations included unit expansions incorporating kitchenettes; modern, efficient heating systems; handicapped access bathrooms; a large community room, with office space for service professionals; and security improvements.
In 2017 we completed the major rehabilitation of 34 multi-family homes scattered throughout the Bay area neighborhood. Phase I of II, this development consists of 75 units total, each varying from 2-5 bedroom apartments.
In phase II we renovated 61 total units (2-6 bedrooms each). 25 total homes were completely rehabilitated. These homes are scattered throughout the Upper Hill neighborhood of Springfield. Renovations were completed in 2018.
Cross Town Corners consists of four multi-story brick walk-ups, completely renovated in 2014, and all listed on the National Historic Register. A total of 47 one and two bedroom apartments were completed in this project.
The historic Tapley School is a landmark in Springfield. The school was converted to 30 one to three bedroom apartments in the 1990s. In 2013 Home City completed major renovations upgrading the building, all historic features were preserved where possible.
The Liberty Hill Town Houses were built in 1970 and completely renovated in 2006. This complex has a total of 88 units varying from two to four bedroom apartments.
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