Featured Properties:
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.

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.