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MassHousing Closes on $2.8 Million in Financing for New Workforce Housing in Northampton

Published on April 29, 2020 by MassHousing
MassHousing Closes on $2.8 Million in Financing for New Workforce Housing in Northampton

The 12-unit 35 Village Hill Road is being developed by The Community Builders and Valley Community Development Corporation as part of the redevelopment of the former Northampton State Hospital site 

BOSTON, MA – MassHousing has closed on $2.8 million in affordable workforce housing financing to The Community Builders for the ongoing construction of the 12-unit 35 Village Hill Road in Northampton. Valley Community Development Corporation is the project co-sponsor.

The new housing, which is being developed on the site of the former Northampton State Hospital, will feature 10 workforce housing apartments for moderate-income households and two deeply affordable units for clients of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).

“MassHousing is pleased to support The Community Builders and Valley Community Development in their transformation of a vacant lot into new homes for working households and residents in need,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. “We’re happy that these new homes will serve working and disabled households for many years into the future.”

“The Community Builders is excited to once again be expanding housing opportunities  at Village Hill in Northampton. Our organization is committed to building strong communities where all people can thrive. We are grateful to MassHousing and our other state and local partners who help us make this work possible” said TCB Director of Development Rachana Crowley.

“Valley Community Development is proud to be part of increasing the economic diversity of housing options at Village Hill,” said Valley’s Executive Director Joanne Campbell.

The 12 new apartments will be contained in one building, which will also have first-floor commercial space. Ten of the apartments at 35 Village Hill Road will be workforce housing units affordable to moderate-income households. Six of the workforce housing units will be deed-restricted for households earning at or below 120 percent of the Area Media Income (AMI), and four will be workforce units for households earning at or below 80 percent of AMI. Additionally, two units will be deeply affordable for DMH clients and will be supported by federal Section 8 project-based vouchers. The AMI for Northampton is $76,000 for a household of four.

There will be two studio apartments, six one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. Construction is expected to be completed in September.

MassHousing is providing TCB with $1.4 million in permanent financing, and $1.4 million in workforce housing funding from the Agency’s Workforce Housing Initiative.

In addition to the MassHousing financing, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is providing the project-based vouchers and $1.5 million in direct support. The project also received $1.3 million in funding through the Community Scale Housing Initiative (CSHI), a joint initiative of DHCD and MassHousing that funds smaller-scale affordable rental developments.

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is providing $360,000 in financing, the City of Northampton contributed $200,000 in local Community Preservation Act funding and Citizens Bank is providing $2.5 million in construction financing.

35 Village Hill Road advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s goal of creating up to 1,000 new workforce housing units affordable to middle-income households through MassHousing’s Workforce Housing Initiative. Since the inception of the initiative in 2016, MassHousing has committed or closed workforce housing financing totaling $98.2 million, to 45 projects, located in 21 cities and towns. To date, the Workforce Housing Initiative has advanced the development of 4,030 housing units across a range of incomes, including 1,096 workforce housing units.

The general contractor is Western Builders. The architect is Davis Square Architects and the management agent is TCB.

MassHousing has financed five rental housing communities in Northampton totaling 642 units of housing with an overall original loan amount of $33.4 million and the Agency has also provided home mortgage loans to 427 homebuyers and homeowners with an original purchase principal balance of $31.2 million.

About The Community Builders
The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is one of the largest and most accomplished nonprofit housing development organizations in the nation. They started in 1964 as South End Community Development by renovating abandoned apartments in Boston’s South End. With properties in the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, TCB has grown to over 500 employees across 14 states and the District of Columbia. TCB is passionate about facilitating thriving neighborhoods and resident success. Their deeply rooted values drive the projects they pursue and the solutions they recommend. They also inform their philosophy about design and their focus on corralling resources and partnering with others to support. Since 1964, The Community Builders has constructed or preserved hundreds of affordable and mixed-income residential communities and pioneered the Community Life (CL) model for resident success. Today, anchored by offices in Boston, Chicago, Columbus, New York and Washington, D.C. they own or manage 12,000 apartment homes. For more information about TCB please visit www.tcbinc.org.

About Valley Community Development Corporation
Valley Community Development is a non-profit corporation formed in 1988 by Casa Latina, a local non-profit agency, to address the growing needs of low- and moderate-income people through developing and preserving affordable rental and ownership housing, cultivating economic self-sufficiency and fostering community leadership. The impetus for forming Valley Community Development was to address the shortage of affordable housing and the shrinkage of blue-collar jobs in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Since 1988, Valley Community Development has developed over 279 units of affordable rental and ownership housing; provided business technical assistance to well over 1,500 entrepreneurs; assisted over 8,000 homebuyers and homeowners in the region; and helped low-income homeowners correct health and safety code violations in their homes. For more information about Valley Community Development Corporation please visit www.valleycdc.com.

About MassHousing
MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $25 billion for affordable housing. For more information, visit the MassHousing website at www.masshousing.com, follow us on Twitter @MassHousing, subscribe to our blog, watch us on YouTube and Like us on Facebook.