November 01, 2012
MassHousing announced $33.4 million in construction loan closings today for Phase Two A and Phase Two B of the Old Colony public housing redevelopment in South Boston.
Beacon Communities of Boston and the Boston Housing Authority are redeveloping the 845-unit Old Colony development in multiple phases over the next 10-12 years. The construction loan financing for Phases Two A and B involves the demolition of 223 existing units and the construction of 95 new apartments in two mid-rise buildings and the construction of 34 new townhomes.
MassHousing provided $26.7 million in construction financing for Phase One of the project, which replaced seven distressed and blighted apartment buildings with 116 new apartments in one mid-rise building and four clusters of town homes. Phase One also included the construction of a new 10,000-square-foot community center.
"This is another important milestone in redeveloping Old Colony into modern, energy efficient housing for its residents," said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason. "Beacon Communities and the BHA did an incredible job in completing Phase One of the project and we expect they will be equally as successful in completing Phase Two."
The developer is designing and constructing the Old colony redevelopment in accordance with Enterprise Green Building Criteria, LEED criteria, the EPA's Energy Star and HUD Healthy Homes Guidelines. The BHA has a goal of creating as close to a Net Zero Energy Community as possible at Old Colony.
Originally constructed in 1940, Old Colony is one of the oldest federal public housing developments in the country and is currently the most distressed property in the BHA's federal portfolio.
"Beacon is very pleased to be continuing our work with MassHousing and the BHA on the redevelopment of Old Colony. We are extremely proud that Phase One has been met with such a positive response from the residents of Old Colony and the South Boston Community," said Beacon Communities President Pamela Goodman.
The contractor is Suffolk Construction of Boston, the architect is the Architectural Team, Inc. of Chelsea in collaboration with Beacon Concepts, and the management agent is Beacon Residential Management of Boston.