Home City Development owns a 2.6-acre site at 20-22 Amherst Road in the rural town of Pelham on which it will build 34 affordable rental apartments. Amethyst Brook Apartments will consist of a 28-unit building and a 6-unit building, which will include 24 one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom, and 3 three-bedroom apartments. All apartments will be affordable to households with income at or below 60% of area median. Five apartments will be further restricted to households with income at or below 50% of area median, while eleven apartments will be further restricted to households with income at or below 30% of area median. Residents will be selected by lottery.
Amethyst Brook Apartments will be highly energy efficient. The 28-unit building will be certified to Passive House standards while the 6-unit building will be certified by Energy Star. The property will include a rooftop solar array and electric vehicle charging stations. The Pelham Zoning Board of Appeals issued a Comprehensive Permit for Amethyst Brook Apartments in August 2021. The project is supported with acquisition financing from The Life Insurance Community Investment Initiative and pre-development financing from Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. The Town of Pelham has approved Community Preservation Act funds for the project. MA Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded affordable housing resources to Home City Development for the project. Construction will begin in mid-2023 and be complete in 16 months.
Located in the former Gemini site in the South End of Springfield, this development will include 40 for-sale residential units, to be known as Gemini Town Homes. This project will expand home ownership in the South End by over 150%. This project will provide dozens of otherwise non-existent housing opportunities for people and families with low to moderate income, as well as millions of dollars of contracting opportunities for local and minority-owned businesses.
HCDI has assembled a team of experienced professionals with demonstrated success with projects like the Gemini Town Homes development.
Home City Development will create 29 affordable studio residences on the first and second floors of the former YMCA building at 275 Chestnut Street in Springfield. The space previously housed offices and programs by the YMCA. Twenty residences will be reserved for chronically homeless individuals with incomes at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI). Three residences will be reserved for clients of MA Department of Mental Health with incomes at or below 30% of AMI. Six residences will be for individuals with incomes at or below 60% of AMI. Supportive Services will be provided on-site by Mental Health Association, Inc. (MHA), and will be available to chronically homeless and others eligible for MHA’s services. Construction funding will come from the City of Springfield and MA Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding for supportive services was awarded by the Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care. Construction is expected to begin in late 2023 and be complete in 12 months.
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.
Construction was completed in March 2022. Partners included Davis Square Architects; Development Consultant Gerry Joseph; Allegrone Construction; Klein-Hornig LLP; Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C.; as well as many others.
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. Upgrades completed in 2022 included: 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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