Massachusetts Officials Announce Funding for Affordable Housing

(l-r) Adam Stein, Executive Vice President, WinnDevelopment; Lauren Canepari, Senior Project Director, WinnDevelopment; Gilbert Winn, Chief Executive Officer, WinnDevelopment; Aaron Vega, Director, Office of Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke; Tom Creed, Chair, Holyoke Redevelopment Authority; State Representative Patricia Duffy (MA - 5th Hampden); Lionel G. Romain, Director of Housing, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC); State Senator John Velis (2nd Hampden and Hampshire); Kareem Kibodya, from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office; Mike Kennealy, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Larry Curtis, President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment

Holyoke, MA –  Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) Secretary Mike Kennealy and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox joined WinnCompanies employees and Holyoke elected officials in downtown Holyoke to celebrate new funding for affordable housing in the Commonwealth.

Included among those projects is WinnDevelopment’s plan to transform part of the Farr Alpaca Mill Complex into 88 units of mixed-income, age-restricted rental housing. The amenities included are on-site laundry facilities, a leasing and management office, a fitness center, a resident lounge, and 91 parking spaces.

Of the community’s 88 apartment homes, 63 will be set aside for households earning below 60% of area median income (AMI), 11 will be set aside for extremely low-income households earning below 30% AMI, and 14 units will be rented at market rates.

Built in 1912, the mill complex consists of six buildings, totaling 168,000sf and has sat vacant since 1990. The project will preserve 86,000sf in buildings 5, 6 and part of building 4, with approvals from the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. It will be designed to meet the sustainability criteria of Enterprise Green Communities.

This year, the DHCD launched new housing tax credits and subsidies through the Rental Housing Rapid Production program. The initial allocation of this funding round, which utilizes $30 million in direct funding and nearly $30 million in state and federal tax credits, will support seven shovel-ready projects to produce or preserve 678 units, including 576 affordable units.