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MassHousing Closes on Financing for Wareham Development

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Wareham, MA – MassHousing has closed on $6.5 million in financing to Dakota Partners, Inc. to support the continued development of the Woodland Cove housing community in Wareham.

The MassHousing financing will allow Dakota Partners to create 24 new affordable rental homes, including 18 workforce housing units, in the third and final phase of construction at Woodland Cove. Overall, Dakota Partners is creating 150 new mixed-income apartments at an 8-acre site in Wareham.

MassHousing is providing a $4.7 million permanent loan and $1.8 million in financing from the agency’s Workforce Housing Initiative for Phase 3. The transaction also involves $480,000 in developer financing. Brookline Bank and BlueHub Capital are the construction lenders.

The 24 units will be contained in one 3-story building consisting of five one-bedroom apartments, 16 two-bedroom apartments and three three-bedroom apartments. Six of the apartments will be restricted to households earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 18 apartments will be workforce housing units restricted to households earning up to 90% of AMI. The AMI for Wareham is $120,800 for a household of four.

MassHousing provided a total of $9 million in financing to Dakota Partners to support the development of Phase 1 of Woodland Cove, which will create 63 new rental homes in three- and four-story buildings, including seven workforce housing units.

The architect is Ed Wojcik Architect, Ltd and the management agent will be Maloney Properties. Phase 1 and 3 are being developed simultaneously, with the 63-unit second phase of Woodland Cove to follow.

“Woodland Cove, which is being designed and constructed as Passive House, will fill a critical void of affordable housing in Wareham and provide safe and comfortable homes to individuals and families who might otherwise be priced out of the area,” said Dakota Partners principal, Roberto Arista.

“MassHousing’s Workforce Housing Initiative helps build stronger communities by creating new homes for moderate-income households who do not qualify for traditional affordable housing, but still struggle to find an affordable home,” said MassHousing executive director, Chrystal Kornegay. “We congratulate Dakota Partners on launching the final phase of this exciting new housing community. We are pleased to be their partner in this important work.”