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Cardinal Cushing Centers Repurposed

The Kennedy Building

NEI and TAT team up

Hanover, MA – A new development in Hanover has transformed the Cardinal Cushing Center’s campus into a community now known as Bethany Apartments. The campus had supported children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment training, residential care, and other services since the late 1940s

NEI of Randolph and The Architectural Team (TAT) of Chelsea were responsible for the $9.9 million adaptive reuse of the former dormitory at the Cardinal Cushing Centers into much-needed affordable housing for the community.

Interior view of Bethany Apartment

The Kennedy Building has been converted into 37 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and the four lowest-income have been rented with a preference for state Department of Mental Health clients. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems have been incorporated to ensure long-term functionality of the building.

The design has preserved the historic envelope of the three-story H-shaped brick building and maintained the existing structure, while interior historic features also underwent careful restoration.

Its chapel was converted into an open community room for residents featuring 15-foot ceilings. Other shared spaces on the property include a fitness center and a quiet reading room.

Bethany Apartments is now fully occupied, fulfilling the Planning Office for Urban Affairs’ mission to help create true communities where people with a wide range of incomes and abilities can live together with dignity and respect.