Bellingham Hill Family Homes

Bellingham Hill Family Homes (BHFH) is The Neighborhood Developers’ first supportive housing project and will be built for the benefit of formerly homeless families. This project specifically targets families living in shelters, families who have lost their homes and are in other temporary housing, or families in imminent risk of losing their housing.  Working with Housing Families, Inc. out of Malden, MA, BHFH will provide supportive case management to help the support the families living at BHFH. BHFH offers a deep level of affordability in the community, offering Project Based Section 8 Vouchers all seven units.

BHFH consists of projects at two locations in the North Bellingham Hill neighborhood: 55 Library Street 158-164 Shawmut Street. Prior to TND’s purchase of 55 Library St. and 158-160 Shawmut St., these properties had a history of tax delinquency and were taken by the City of Chelsea through the tax title process. TND acquired these properties from the City at public auction. 162-164 Shawmut St., the site adjacent to 158-160 Shawmut St., was formerly TND’s office. TND occupied the office from the early 1980’s through 2006 when we moved into our current location in the Box District.55 Library Street is a masonry triple-decker that will be moderately rehabbed. At Library St., new mechanical systems, kitchens, and bathrooms will be installed. Masonry cleaning and repointing will be done to ensure structural stability and restore the beautiful façade of the building. At 158-164 Shawmut St., modular construction will be used to construct four new units. Modular construction means that most of the building is constructed off-site in a factory, and is then delivered to the site in boxes which are stacked to create a final product. Because modular construction takes place in a controlled environment and uses pre-cut, engineered construction materials, modular buildings are inherently more energy efficient and produce less construction waste.

Construction began on this project in March 2014, and is expected to be complete in early August 2014.

Date Completed: 2014
Total Development Cost: $2.4 million
Number of Units: Four 2-bedroom units, Three 3-bedroom units
Affordability: 7 units for < 30% AMI
Development Consultant: Daniel Violi
Owner’s Representative: Matthew Munkenbeck
Architect (55 Library Street): Horne +Johnson Architects
General Contractor (55 Library Street): Northeast Interiors, Inc.
Design Builder (158-164 Shawmut): Northeast Interiors, Inc.
Permanent Debt: Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Home Funders
Subordinate Debt: Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Stabilazation Fund, CEDAC Housing Innovation Fund, City of Chelsea CDBG
Pre-Development Loan: Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund
Additional Funds: NeighborWorks America, The Neighborhood Developers, Inc.
Construction Loan: Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund