Affordable Housing at Its Most Attractive
Butternut Farm – Affordable Housing in Amherst
In June of 2011, HAPHousing welcomed a crowd of well-wishers, including state and local officials and new tenants to the grand opening of Butternut Farm, a 26-unit affordable housing community in Amherst that was 10 years in the making. Butternut Farm combines newly constructed apartments and a restored farmhouse on four wooded acres off Route 116 near Hampshire College. The apartments range from one- to three-bedroom units. Butternut offers a community room, a tots’ play area, half-basketball court, and an on-site laundry room.
This new community is a testament to a strong commitment to affordable housing on the part of the Town of Amherst, as well as support from a long list of state, municipal and private partners who helped see the project to completion. Funding was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and MassHousing’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The Community Economic Development Assistance Corp., Bank of America and NeighborWorks America also provided early-stage funding.
Tenants, who were picked by lottery, were anxious to move in. Among their favorite features were the wooded landscape, close proximity to the village center and apartments with lots of light, attractive layouts and plenty of closets and storage areas. Guests took self-guided tours of the apartment buildings, which were painted red and designed to recall rambling farm buildings. At the front of the property is a lovely restored farmhouse which also houses apartments.
Church Street School Senior Housing: Historic Space with Class
HAPHousing transformed the historic Church Street School, a center of learning in Ware for 105 years, into attractive, affordable housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
This building sat empty for several years until the Town of Ware entered into a partnership with HAPHousing. To undertake this massive renovation and make the apartments affordable to lower-income seniors, HAPHousing assembled a financing package that included U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, Affordable Housing Trust, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and Community Economic Development Assistance Corp. Bank of America provided a construction loan.
The 29 apartments include efficiency, one- and two-bedroom units. All are single-story apartments and are accessible by elevator. They have new appliances, and rents include heat and hot water. The building has laundry facilities on each floor, storage for every unit, a multi-purpose community room and a health office/meeting room.
This project successfully combined historic preservation with a way to fulfill today’s pressing needs for low-cost housing. Church Street School was built in 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Ware’s Church Street Historic District. It is conveniently located near downtown Ware, Town Hall, and the Senior Center.
If you are interested in renting an apartment, please call 233-1700 or 1-800-332-9667 ext. 1700.
Olympia Oaks in Amherst – Spacious, Affordable Near UMass
Olympia Oaks opened its doors to new residents in June of 2014.
Located at 85 Olympia Drive in Amherst, Olympia Oaks is managed by HAPHousing and has 42 one, two, and three bedroom apartments, including three barrier-free apartments for the disabled. Upon vacancy, these apartments are available to income-eligible individuals and families, including those who live and/or work in Amherst. Olympia Oaks is situated on a 13-acre site just off East Pleasant Street, and is served by nearby PVTA bus routes.
The development was designed Kuhn Riddle Architects to provide quality housing at affordable rents, which include heat and hot water. Olympia Oaks has a number of attractive features, including storage sheds for each apartment; on-site parking; on-site laundry room; a Community Building including a community room and kitchenette for resident events; an outdoor playground and an area for resident gardens.
Buildings were designed with a Sustainable Design Intent to comply with requirements for Energy Star Certification as well as complying with designed EPA energy performance rating. All of the units have Energy-Star Rated Appliances. The buildings are insulated to a standard 15% better than code requirements. Boilers or furnaces exceed 90% efficiency.
To achieve the highest indoor air quality, low emitting materials were used. These materials include: adhesives, sealants and primers; field-applied paints and coatings; carpets, carpet pads and adhesives; and no added urea-formaldehyde was used. Non-paper-faced mold-resistant wallboard or cement board were installed at areas susceptible to moisture, including kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Paradise Pond Apartments: Building Better Family Futures
These 12 striking Paradise Pond apartments meet a critical need in a community with some of the highest housing costs in the western part of the state. It also represents a collaborative approach that exemplifies HAPHousing preferred development style.
Originally, this site was deeded to the Northampton Housing Authority as part of the disposition of the former Northampton State Hospital grounds. After completing planning and pre-development work, the NHA entered into an agreement with HAPHousing under which the NHA continues to own the land while HAPHousing developed the project and owns the buildings.
Paradise Pond Apartments are for low- and very low-income families with children. Four are reserved for those who have been homeless and have a household member with a disability. One is handicapped accessible. The Center for Human Development offers supportive services to families moving from shelter to their own apartments.
Financing challenges included site constraints that limited the number of units as well as high demolition and site preparation costs. HAPHousing assembled a financing package that included City of Northampton, Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, Affordable Housing Trust, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund, and Community Economic Development Assistance Corp.
HAPHousing is proud of the fact that this project has won many awards. Proximity to downtown Northampton and the new mixed-use village on the old State Hospital grounds made it an ideal “Smart Growth” location for new construction. At the same time, the site is set back from the street and contains a generous amount of open space, creating a safe play area for children. The project’s three buildings are clustered in order to promote pedestrian activity within the interior and restrict vehicles to the perimeter. The design also maximizes passive solar heat gain and shading, and features a highly energy-efficient building envelope. Wherever possible, high-durability, low-toxic building materials were used.
For information about renting an apartment, please please call 233-1700 or 1-800-332-9667 ext. 1700.
Parsons Village – Near Net Zero Apartments in Walking Distance to the Center of Easthampton
Parsons Village, located at 71 Parsons Street in Easthampton, is HAPHousing’s newest affordable rental housing development. New residents will move in September of 2015, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for September 25.
Parsons Village was developed by Valley Community Development Corporation and is managed by HAPHousing. The development consists of 38 units with a blend of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments surrounding a common green.
Rent includes air conditioning, heat and hot water. This new affordable housing community also includes off-street parking; on-site laundry facilities; a community common area; bicycle racks; and Energy Star appliances. There are two fully handicapped-accessible apartments and one apartment equipped for the sensory impaired.
Parsons Village was designed by Dietz Architects, utilizing some of the latest innovations in green building and energy efficiency building practices. In addition to the Energy Star appliances, the apartments were built to incorporate some the following energy features:
- The lighting consists of 100% CFLs or LEDs.
- Bathroom Faucets and Showerheads are WaterSense certified.
- Water Heating Equipment is Natural-Gas, On-Demand Tankless.
- Heating & Cooling Equipment uses Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps.
- Continuously operating exhaust fans provide Whole House Ventilation.
- Above Grade Walls featuring Double stud wall, 2x4 with 5" gap, Low Density Foam, resulting in R-Value= 43.2 Grade= 1.
Stevens Memorial Senior Housing – Affordable Senior Housing in Ludlow
HAPHousing served as developer for the conversion of a historic brick building into 28 rental apartments for senior citizens. HAP purchased the Stevens Memorial building from the Town of Ludlow and began construction in September of 2013. In December of 2014, after much anticipation, the apartment doors opened for 28 seniors whose names were picked from a lottery.
The Stevens Memorial building was built in 1906 by the Ludlow Manufacturing Company as a recreation facility for its employees. It was acquired by the Town of Ludlow in 1949 and operated as the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club until 2005.
HAPHousing Executive Director Peter Gagliardi said, "We are pleased to be the stewards of preservation of this wonderful building. It is gratifying to know that it will continue to serve as quality affordable housing for senior citizens for at least another hundred years."
Town of Ludlow Select Board Chair William Rooney said, "Senior housing is an ideal use for the Stevens Memorial building. Our senior center, library and a park are across the street, and it is walking distance to stores and public transportation. This project is a great fit with other health care, housing, and economic development activity at the nearby Ludlow Mills."