Multi Residential

Renovation Completed at 201-unit Bergen Circle Housing Community in Springfield

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic Sarno, The Michaels Organization, and MassHousing recently celebrated the completion of extensive renovations at the 201-unit Bergan Circle housing community in Springfield.

Michaels, which had taken over ownership and management of the Bergen Circle Apartments in 2021, embarked on approximately $17 million in property renovations to the eight-building community in the McKnight neighborhood.

“I want to thank MassHousing, especially CEO Chrystal Kornegay, who we have worked so well with on a number of housing initiatives, and The Michaels Organization for the significant improvements to the Bergen Circle property and for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield. My administration is committed to utilizing any and all means to boost our community’s housing stock. This development checks every mark for our low- and moderate-income residents and market-rate housing,” said Mayor Sarno.

“We are grateful to MassHousing for entrusting the modernization of Bergen Circle Apartments to us and we are proud to provide our residents with high quality, sustainable affordable housing,” said Michaels’ vice president, Jed Henderson, who served as lead developer on the transformation.

MassHousing provided Michaels with a $13.3 million construction and permanent loan and a $7.9 million repair loan. The improvements at Bergen Circle included building envelope repairs and water infiltration remediation; the installation of new windows, flooring and appliances, kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC upgrades; and replacing sanitary and water risers on the midrise building.

Located at 15 Girard Ave., 161 of the 201 apartments at Bergen Circle are contained in a 7-story, steel-framed building, and the remaining 40 apartments are in seven, 2-story, wood-frame townhomes. There are 89 one-bedroom apartments, 72 two-bedroom apartments, 20 three-bedroom apartments and 20 four-bedroom apartments.

Of the 201 units, 170 are supported by federal project-based housing vouchers, with 118 of the units restricted to households earning up to 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 52 units restricted to households earning up to 80% of AMI. The remaining 31 apartments are rented at market rates.

The general contractor was Michaels Construction. The architect was Urban Practice and the management agent is Michaels Management.