January 27, 2014
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As a condition of the MassHousing financing, Tecumseh Holdings LLC, the property owner, will extended the HUD Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract and the affordability on 124 apartments for 20 years when the current HAP contract expires March 1. One of the building's apartments is occupied by a resident superintendent.
Tecumseh Mill, originally a steam-powered cotton mill, was built in 1866. It was converted in 1984 for its current use as an affordable apartment community under the HUD Section 8 Program. The property was refinanced through MassHousing's Section 8 Proactive Preservation Program, which seeks to extend affordability at MassHousing-financed developments where MassHousing mortgages are due to mature and Section 8 HAP contracts are due to expire. The original MassHousing loan matures on March 1.
"Tecumseh Mill is a well maintained and operated housing community and this loan closing will extend the affordability at Tecumseh Mill for the senior citizens who live there for many years to come," said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason.
Of the 125 apartments, 6 are studios, 114 are one-bedroom units and 5 are two-bedroom units. The property, located at 164 Hartwell St., consists of two interconnected buildings.
"We are so pleased that MassHousing approached us with their Proactive Preservation Program. It was the perfect solution to keep this beautifully renovated historic mill building in tip top shape, and available to residents at affordable rents. We could not have asked for a better result,” said Paul Clayton, General Partner of Tecumseh Holdings LLC.
About the MassHousing Section 8 Proactive Preservation Program
The Section 8 Proactive Preservation Program targets a group of affordable rental developments that were originally financed by MassHousing and are eligible to convert to market rates when those mortgages mature. Each of these developments receives a subsidy from HUD that is used to help pay the tenants' rents each month. However, if the mortgage is paid off, there are no more affordability restrictions or any incentives from HUD to keep the properties affordable unless the owner agrees to renew the Section 8 contract. Through this program, MassHousing now provides those incentives.