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Great Cove Community: Affordable Housing

Posted by Julie Wake on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 07:30 PM

Great Cove Community

The dream of creating affordable housing has become a reality for the Mashpee Housing Authority.  Since October of 2011 when Gov. Patrick announced that HAC would receive the funding needed to build additional units at the Breezy Acres family public housing development, it has been full steam ahead.  “We’re really excited to build this community for Mashpee Housing Authority and the Town of Mashpee.  It has been a wonderful and collaborative effort,” said Adrienne Danner project manager in HAC’s Housing Development Department.

HAC worked with the housing authority to develop ten new townhome rental units consisting of eight 2-bedrooms and two 3-bedrooms.  The townhomes are designed to easily integrate with six existing units, creating a sense of community with communal outdoor spaces.  The environmentally friendly design leaves a large portion of the site undisturbed to provide as much open space as possible.

“We are very pleased to be serving, once again, as the Project Architects for HAC on such an important community-housing development as Great Cove.  With each new project, we look to contribute towards the overall HAC mission of designing and building attractive, energy-efficient, and well-built housing that is truly affordable to local Cape Cod residents,” said Rick Fenuccio, president of Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects Inc.

All units will be affordable for families earning 50 percent or less of the area median income, and eight project based voucher units will be reserved for extremely low-income households (30 percent of area median income or less). 

Residents are expected to move in the beginning of May.  HAC will conduct a housing lottery for all units.  Visit HAC’s website if you would like to learn more about affordable housing lotteries.

A celebratory ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 10 a.m. on Breezy Way off Old Barnstable Rd., Mashpee.

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Affordable Development on Cape Cod, Affordable Housing Development on Cape Cod, Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects Inc.

HAC's Affordable Housing At Sachem's Path on Nantucket

Posted by Laura Reckford on Sun, Sep 15, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

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Housing Assistance Corporation’s Sachem's Path home ownership project is on its way to bringing much needed affordable housing to the island of Nantucket.

The project to construct 40 affordable single family homes in the island’s Surfside area is using local contractors who can sign up now if they are interested in working on the project.

Sachem's Path plans are  in a conceptual stage and the project is currently awaiting state approval to move forward.

The scarcity of affordable housing on the island is well-known to locals who have seen the median home prices on the island soar over $1.5 million. Local newspapers have reported that the problem has worsened as more people have bought up houses that were formerly used as rentals to be used instead as seasonal homes.

The island’s 2002 Housing Action Plan survey stated that the housing crisis on the island is the primary source of most of Nantucket’s economic, social and, even, environmental problems.

The Sachem's Path project can be seen as a step toward helping those who live year-round on Nantucket secure stable housing. “It’s a commitment to making a big dent in providing affordable home ownership on Nantucket,” Adrienne Danner, of HAC's housing development division, said.

The project, she said, is also “an opportunity to employ the trades on Nantucket.” She added, “The houses will be super energy-efficient in a well-planned neighborhood development.” 

Qualified buyers must have household incomes at less than 150% of the median income of Nantucket county. Of the 40 units, 25% will be priced for people who earn 60 to 80% of the island's median income and the remainder, 75%, will be priced for people who earn 81 to 150% of the median income.

The entire island of Nantucket is a historic district and so the development had to receive approval from the Nantucket Historic District Commission, in addition to the Nantucket Zoning Board of Appeals. Commissioners on the historic board were enthusiastic about the scale of the houses because they are not the typical "huge enormous mansions" that usually go before the board, Ms. Danner said.

These are modest homes with about 1,300 square feet of living space, she said.

She said the commission also liked the use of Nantucket vernacular elements. "They were really pleased with the attention to historic detail in porches, trim, rooflines and window styles." Also commissioners liked the diversity of the architecture--six or seven house models--within the Nantucket style.

The architecture team at Coldham & Hartman Architects from Amherst, which specializes in energy efficient homes, designed the original plans working with Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio and Raber of Yarmouth, which has expertise in designing homes that meet the needs of historic commissions.

Sachem's Path will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, located on nine acres off Surfside Road between Miacomet and South Shore roads.

All the units will be affordable and four will be built and sold by Habitat for Humanity Nantucket.

Housing Assistance Corporation was awarded the contract to develop the project by the Nantucket Housing Authority, which owns the land. The housing authority put out a request for proposals for a developer for Sachem's Path in 2010 and selected HAC, noting its extensive experience developing 400 units of housing on the Cape & Islands over more than three decades.

"It's been a really wonderful collaboration with the Nantucket Housing Authority, and Renee Ceely, the executive director, has been a pleasure to work with," Ms. Danner said.

Nantucket Town Meeting voters in 2011 approved the spending of Community Preservation Act funds towards Sachem's Path. The Nantucket Zoning Board of Appeals approved the Chapter 40B comprehensive permit for the project last fall.

Now, according to Ms. Danner, HAC is working with state housing officials who are reviewing the permit to get final approval.

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank is the construction lender bank for the project and Ms. Danner said, "We're very excited to be working with Cape Cod Five." Two final funding sources are being sought, she said, and once those are secured, construction on the homes can begin.

Cheryl Kramer, HAC's Housing Consumer Education Center Manager, said 88 potential homebuyers are on the list so far for the homes. She periodically holds "Rebuilding Your Credit" classes on the island of Nantucket "to help these folks start planning for the buying process."

Although it is too early to fill out an application for the homes, Ms. Kramer said, it is not too early to express interest and prepare to be good candidates as homebuyers, whether at Sachem's Path or somewhere else.

"I work hard to help these people start budgeting, saving, getting their credit in good standing so that when the lottery does happpen, we will have good applications and people who will be eligible to buy one of the homes," Ms. Kramer said. "We do know that due to the price point of homes on Nantucket, that there are people waiting specifically for the Sachem's Path project." 

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Affordable Development on Cape Cod, Affordable Housing Development on Cape Cod, Sachems Path

Funding Support Grows for Yarmouth Housing Project

Posted by Julie Wake on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:29 PM

The Yarmouth affordable Housing Trust awarded $190,000 to a new HAC project in West Yarmouth. Additionally, the Yarmouth board of selectmen approved the use of $625,000 in town Community Preservation Committee funding for the project; the CPC funding will go before the fall special town meeting for final approval. The 25-rental-unit Great Island project on Route 28 will include 17 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments.

HAC is working with developers Kieran and Joan Healy on the Yarmouth apartments, which will be funded in part through the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Kieran Healy designed the complex and secured permitting. HAC will secure state and federal funding and eventually take over ownership of the property and manage tenant selection.

HAC is one of the largest developers of affordable housing for rent and purchase in our region. HAC has built over 400 homes and apartments for rent or purchase on Cape Cod, adding to the housing supply for families, seniors, veterans and the disabled. Projects completed in recent years include Kimber Woods, located in the village of West Barnstable, completed in 2009 (28 family rental units); Lombard Farm, West Barnstable, 2009 (12 senior rental units); Brush Hill, Yarmouth, 2009 (6 special-needs rental units); and Homesteads, Sandwich, 2008 (16 units of affordable home ownerships).

HAC has more than 200 affordable units that will be constructed in the next few years, including those in Sandwich (62 mixed rental units), Mashpee (10 family rental units), Barnstable (8 rental units for veterans and 40 mixed rental units), Yarmouth (25 mixed rental units), Dennis (27 family rental units) and Nantucket (40 homeownership units).

Tags: housing assistance corporation, Affordable Development on Cape Cod

Clay Pond Cove Opens Its Doors

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:38 AM
Nancy Nygard is the first resident at Clay Pond Cove in Bourne, a newly completed project with 45 rental units for seniors. She was picked number one in a housing lottery and chose a third-floor unit with a great view.
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Construction began last October on Clay Pond Cove, the second phase of HAC’s Canal Bluffs three-phase project. It was developed by HAC in partnership with Boston-based Preservation of Affordable Housing and built by Callahan Construction.

“They did a beautiful job,” said Gisele Gauthier, director of HAC’s housing development department. “We’ll be leasing apartments fast and furiously in the coming months and hope to have full occupancy by year’s end.”

Over Labor Day weekend, Clay Pond Cove’s third resident, Marcia Handy, was finishing moving in to her apartment. “I can’t wait to meet the other residents,” she said. “They’re gorgeous apartments, and living here is easier on my budget than where I was.”

Phase one of Canal Bluffs (28 family rental units) opened in 2009.

Tags: Senior Housing, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod, Affordable Development on Cape Cod

CHAPA Regional Meeting Scheduled for Cape Cod

Posted by Julie Wake on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 03:37 PM

Join HAC at the September 19th CHAPA (Citizens Housing and Planning Association) community meetings:

  • Meet Brenda Clement, CHAPA’s new Executive Director!
  • Recap of the highlights of CHAPA’s 2011-2012 initiatives and key changes in state housing policy!
  • Share your ideas about local affordable housing and community development!

Each year, CHAPA staff travel across Massachusetts for a series of meetings with housing professionals and advocates, community members , elected officials, and other stakeholders that want to expand access to affordable housing.  We use this as an opportunity to share updates with members in each region of the state and more importantly, to hear what you would like us to focus on in our public policy advocacy, research, and programs.  Please take this opportunity to meet Brenda, share your thoughts and ideas, and help inform our collective agenda for the coming legislative session and year ahead.  Light refreshments will be served. Please select a meeting and register online at http://www.chapa.org/event?month=2012-09

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Housing on Cape Cod, CHAPA Regional Meeting Cape Cod, State budget, Affordable Development on Cape Cod