Boston – MassHousing has closed on $8.9 million in affordable housing financing to an affiliate of Mount Holyoke Management, LLC, to make property improvements at the 127-unit S.C. Hamilton Apartments and extend affordability restrictions at the property for at least 40 years.
The S.C. Hamilton Apartments are in four low-rise, brick buildings on adjacent streets in Holyoke. The buildings were originally built as housing for the employees of the many paper and textile mills operating in Holyoke before the turn of the 20th century. They were first renovated under HUD’s Section 236 program in 1975 and again renovated in 1994.
MassHousing is providing Mount Holyoke Management with a $6.6 million tax-exempt construction and permanent mortgage and $2.3 million in tax credit equity bridge financing. The MassHousing mortgage generated $5.2 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity funding for the project. Other financing sources for the transaction include a $466,750 seller cash loan, and $650,000 in cash flow during construction.
Mount Holyoke Management will make extensive property improvements, including roof, door and window replacement, masonry repairs, elevator modernization, electrical and HVAC upgrades, apartment and common area upgrades and accessibility improvements. Construction is expected to be completed in January 2021.
The S. C. Hamilton Apartments consist of eight studio apartments, 45 one-bedroom apartments, 38 two-bedroom apartments, 25 three-bedroom apartments, 7 four-bedroom apartments and 4 five-bedroom apartments. Of the 127 units, 76 are supported by federal Section 8 project-based vouchers, 42 units are supported by Section 8 enhanced vouchers, and nine units are supported through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.
The general contractor is River Valley Properties, Inc. The architect is Roy Brown and the management agent is Mount Holyoke Management.