Baker-Polito Administration Announces $35 Million to Support Affordable Housing Development
Funding and state and federal tax credits will support creation of more than 500 rental units in Massachusetts, including 348 affordable units
The Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $20 million in subsidy funds, and allocated more than $15 million in State and Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to support six new affordable housing projects in Massachusetts. The projects represents 511 new rental units, including 348 affordable units, with 55 reserved for extremely low-income residents, and families transitioning out of homelessness. Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has provided direct funding to create and preserve over 5,700 units of affordable housing across Massachusetts.
“Providing safe, affordable and quality housing to residents and families is a priority for our administration, and today’s announcement builds on our goal of creating 135,000 new housing units by 2025,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “A second round of affordable rental housing awards this year helps ensure a strong pipeline of new, mixed-income construction across the Commonwealth.”
The administration is awarding more than $20 million in housing subsidy funds, and more than $15 million in State and Federal LIHTC, which will generate approximately $77 million in equity to support these projects. Each awarded project leverages substantial local funding commitments, including Community Preservation Act funds and municipal contributions.
“Today’s announcement supports six mixed-income housing opportunities from across the Commonwealth that have received significant community support,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to working with our partners in the legislature and local leaders to help ensure our diverse population has access to the housing they need.”
“Access to housing that is affordable to residents across the income spectrum is critical to the success of the cities and towns that make up our Commonwealth,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. “The projects awarded today are the result of strong collaboration between municipal leaders, developers and communities committed to providing more housing options to our residents and families in Massachusetts.”
“Library Commons is an exciting project for Holyoke the housing delivered is a product of hard work by developers, and cooperation between state and local government,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Baker-Polito Administration to build new housing, improve the community, and make Holyoke a better place to live and work.”
“I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their ongoing support of community efforts to provide affordable housing in Western Massachusetts,” said Senator Don Humason. “This funding will assist the City of Holyoke’s continued economic development and revitalization.”
“We are thankful for the state support for this project here in Holyoke and across the Commonwealth,” said Representative Aaron Vega. “Without the state support and tax credits, projects like this cannot happen, and it’s projects like this that help our seniors, our working families and young people trying to build their lives here.”
This award round builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to increasing housing production across Massachusetts. Earlier this month, Governor Baker announced a new, ambitious Housing Choice Initiative to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025. In April, Governor Baker filed a housing bond bill seeking $1.287 billion in additional capital authorization to advance the administration’s commitment to affordable housing and we have increased funding for affordable housing by 19% and is on course to invest $1.1 billion over five years in affordable housing.
The highly effective MassWorks Infrastructure Program continues to be a key catalyst for housing production, supporting the creation of more than 3,000 housing units. The Open for Business Initiative will drive the production of more than 2,200 units of housing on state land. MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative has advanced the development of 1809 housing units across a range of incomes, including 510 workforce housing units. And, through An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development, the administration reformed the Housing Development Incentive Program, which is on track to facilitate 630 new units in Gateway Cities, and renewed our commitment to the 40R Smart Growth Zoning Program.
Affordable Rental Housing Awards:
North Square at the Mill District, Amherst is a 130-unit new construction mixed-income project for families sponsored by Beacon Communities. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The Town of Amherst will support the project with Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds as well as a tax agreement. The completed project will offer 26 affordable rental units, including eight units restricted for families earning less than 30% of Area Median Income (AMI). The North Square project also will feature 104 mixed-income units in a rental market that is highly-stressed by the thousands of students living in Amherst and nearby communities.
Concord Highlands, Cambridge is a 98-unit new construction mixed-income project for families. The sponsor is the non-profit Homeowners Rehab, Inc. DHCD will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The City of Cambridge will support the project with more than $11 million in city housing funds. The completed project will offer 81 affordable units, including 10 units restricted for families earning less than 30% of AMI. Thirty eight units at Concord Highlands will be available at workforce rental rates. The project will be built within walking distance of Fresh Pond and the Alewife Station on the MBTA’s Red Line.
Campbell-Purcell, Eastham is a 65-unit new construction mixed-income project for families. The sponsor is Penrose Properties. DHCD will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The Town of Eastham will provide more than $700,000 in CPA funds to support the project. When completed, Campbell-Purcell will offer 50 affordable rental units, with 11 units restricted for families earning less than 30% of AMI. The project also will offer 15 units at workforce rental rates.
Library Commons, Holyoke is a 47-unit new construction and rehabilitation project for families. DHCD will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The City of Holyoke also will support the project with its own housing funds. When completed, Library Commons will offer 39 affordable rental units, including 12 units restricted for families earning less than 30% of AMI. The completed project also will offer eight units available at market rental rates. Library Commons is a scattered site project that will help revitalize a neighborhood near downtown Holyoke.
Van Brodie I and II, Lawrence is a two-phase project that will result in 102 total rental units. The sponsor is Trinity Financial. DHCD will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The sponsor and the City of Lawrence together will provide additional funds to the project and to three deteriorated multi-family buildings located near the project. When completed, Van Brodie I and II will offer 83 affordable rental units, including seven units restricted for families earning less than 30% of AMI. Nineteen units in the completed project will be made available at workforce rental rates.
Yarmouth Green, Yarmouth is a 69-unit new construction project. The sponsor is Dakota Properties. DHCD will support the project with federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds. The Town of Yarmouth will support the project with over $2 million in Community Preservation Act funds. When completed, Yarmouth Green will offer 69 affordable units, including seven units restricted for families earning less than 30% of AMI.
Lt. Governor Polito Celebrates Groundbreaking of $3 Million Maritime Center in Marshfield
7,000 square foot facility will enhance infrastructure for visitors and commercial fishermen in one of Massachusetts’ busiest working-harbors
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Marshfield Maritime Center Project. The 7,000 square foot center will provide new facilities for commercial fishermen and recreational boaters while connecting Marshfield’s Town Pier and Green Harbor to the Brant Rock business district. In 2015 the Seaport Economic Council approved a $1 million award for this project, which will leverage a $1 million commitment from the Town of Marshfield.
“The Marshfield Maritime Center will provide vital support to the working waterfront and help unlock new opportunities for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our coastal communities have unique assets, and we are committed to helping cities and towns make targeted investments to generate economic activity and support their working waterfronts and harbors.”
The Seaport Economic Council award will support the construction of a 7,000 square foot Maritime Center in Green Harbor, which will house the Marshfield Harbormaster’s office and also include a conference room, boat storage, public restrooms, showers and welcoming areas for visitors and commercial fishermen. The facility will feature ADA compliant decks, ramps and viewing and picnic areas for the public. The Harbormaster’s office, which is staffed year-round, supports the local commercial fishing fleet and, with no regional US Coast Guard assets in the area, provides daily public safety assistance.
“The Seaport Economic Council is pleased to work closely with communities to pursue projects, like Marshfield’s new Maritime Center, that leverage important regional strengths,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “We are thrilled to support this long-awaited addition to Marshfield’s working waterfront, which features one of the busiest boat ramps in the Commonwealth.”
In addition to improving Green Harbor’s tourism and recreational opportunities, the new center will benefit nearby investments in Marshfield’s waterfront. The center will complement the adjacent Harbor Park and the Esplanade to the Brant Rock business district, projects which will further integrate Green Harbor with nearby businesses. Together, Harbor Park and the Esplanade represent more than $1.5 million in investments.
“Through our work with the Seaport Economic Council, we have invested more than $24 million in our coastal communities since 2015,” said Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, Vice-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “These investments will help cities and towns ensure their working waterfronts are prepared for long-term success, by supporting the construction of resilient infrastructure and creating new opportunities for economic activity.”
"The citizens of Marshfield told us on three separate occasions that they know the importance of this project,” said Marshfield Town Administrator Michael A. Maresco. “This Maritime center will serve us and our children well."
“This project is a direct result of tireless efforts by Marshfield’s Harbormaster Mike DiMeo and other town officials. Their partnership with the Seaport Economic Council is a great example of the things that can be accomplished through cooperation between state and municipal levels of government.” said Senator Patrick O’Connor. “The groundbreaking of this maritime center is a major step forward for the Marshfield community and will allow them to take advantage of the many opportunities that the South Shore’s coastlines have to offer.”
“I am so grateful for the commitment of the Baker-Polito Administration and the Seaport Economic Council to bring this project to fruition. The building will enhance public safety, support community education, and promote recreational and economic activities in Green Harbor,” said Representative Jim Cantwell. “This project’s dream would not have been envisioned or realized without local champions, especially Marshfield Harbormaster Michael DiMeo who has been the key advocate for so many local and regional coastal needs.”
The Seaport Economic Council, chaired by the Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth and administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development with support from the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, challenges the 78 coastal communities of Massachusetts to leverage their unique geographic advantages in order to grow jobs and the economy as well as prepare for the future as we confront the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $24 million in 56 projects across 32 communities.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Award to Support $11 Million Mashpee Wampanoag Village
Collaboration with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will produce 42 units of affordable housing and provide supportive services to families and residents
The Baker-Polito Administration announced a $1 million award and state and federal tax credits to support the construction of Mashpee Wampanoag Village in Mashpee on land owned by the Wampanoag Tribe. The funding will catalyze a new affordable housing development, featuring 42 rental units, including 13 units reserved for very low-income families and individuals.
“We recently introduced the Housing Choice Initiative to help more communities committed to increasing affordable, quality housing options, like the Mashpee Wampanoag,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to the 42 new housing units this project will produce and continuing our work to support impactful housing projects that benefit families, seniors, individuals with disabilities and our growing workforce."
The Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) that will create nearly $11 million in equity in support of the project. This support follows the completion of necessary infrastructure projects by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, including a new wastewater treatment plant and access roads. The Mashpee Wampanoag Village will create housing for families, seniors and individuals with disabilities, and will also provide supportive and social services to special needs households.
"This is the first time we have partnered with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and we are pleased to be supporting this important project," said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. "I want to congratulate the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on their efforts to bring this development to fruition, including completing the construction of infrastructure critical to the project's viability. We look forward to celebrating the future milestones of the Mashpee Wampanoag Village."
"This a welcomed and happy opportunity to build much needed housing for our people in the heart of our ancestral homelands. I could not have asked for a more joyous Christmas gift,” said Chairman Cedric Cromwell, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “I want to personally thank our Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Department Director Michelle Tobey and the Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Commission for the vision and determination to see this through. Now we can deliver on one of our primary goals: providing affordable housing for our Tribal Citizens."
"A lack of diverse price point housing is among the greatest challenges facing the Cape & Islands. As the first Cape Codders, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are vital members of our community,” said Senator Julian Cyr. “This project is a meaningful step in helping tribal members to make a life on Cape Cod.”
The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to increasing housing production across Massachusetts. Earlier this month, Governor Baker announced a new, ambitious Housing Choice Initiative to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025. In April, Governor Baker filed a housing bond bill seeking $1.287 billion in additional capital authorization to advance the administration’s commitment to affordable housing, has increased funding for affordable housing by 19 percent and is on course to invest $1.1 billion over five years in affordable housing.
The highly effective MassWorks Infrastructure Program continues to be a key catalyst for housing production, supporting the creation of more than 3,000 housing units. The Open for Business Initiative will drive the production of more than 2,200 units of housing on state land. MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative has advanced the development of 1,809 housing units across a range of incomes, including 510 workforce housing units. And, through An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development, the administration reformed the Housing Development Incentive Program, which is on track to facilitate 630 new units in Gateway Cities, and renewed its commitment to the 40R Smart Growth Zoning Program.
Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has provided direct funding to create and preserve more than 5,700 units of affordable housing across Massachusetts.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3.9 Million Grant to Expand Research into Advanced Fibers & Fabrics for Defense Sector
The Second Award from Mass. Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) Grows Partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory & U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
The Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced a $3.9 million grant to support the second phase of research & development at the Defense Fabric Discovery Center, a cutting-edge research hub which opened in October. This award follows an initial $2.2 million dollar grant announced in May 2017 by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to support the opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center and brings the Commonwealth’s investment to the partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to $6.1 million. Funding will support research & development into revolutionary fibers and fabrics with applications in the defense sector.
The grant was announced by Housing & Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and was made as part of the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), which provides a vehicle for the state to match federal investments made in the Manufacturing USA institutes, including the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).
“By supporting important projects and organizations like this, the Commonwealth’s M2I2 program helps ensure Massachusetts continues to lead in innovation and advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The research and development of these revolutionary materials will have a direct impact on everyday safety of our brave service men and women.”
The Center is a collaboration between AFFOA, MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, and the U.S. Army’s Natick Solider Research Development and Engineering Center. The new award will help the Center expand research into how to apply emerging advanced fiber and fabric technologies for defense applications, including equipment that will allow for end-to-end prototyping including computer-aided design (CAD) of functional fabrics, fiber and yarn device fabrication, textile system and assemblies, and system integration to develop smart uniforms, emergency medical supplies and portable shelters.
“Today’s M2I2 grants will continue to support the development of cutting-edge technologies and advanced textiles here in Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased to leverage the Commonwealth’s strengths in innovation and manufacturing to bolster a partnership designed to support the challenges faced by the country’s national security teams and our troops on the front lines,”
“A key part of our economic development strategy is to build on our world-class R&D organizations across the Commonwealth,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Across the M2I2 spectrum, we’re funding collaborative projects that build on our core strengths, investing in critical infrastructure and increasing access to the cutting-edge tools that small manufacturing companies need to pilot next-gen technologies.”
In April 2016, the Department of Defense joined local leaders to announced the establishment of AFFOA in Massachusetts, a $317 million public-private partnership to enable a domestic manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked products and systems. The Defense Fabric Discovery Center, part of a network of AFFOA fabric discovery centers, specifically addresses challenges faced by the Department of Defense through innovations in advanced fiber and fabric technology. The Commonwealth’s initial M2I2 award supported the Center’s official opening in October 2017.
“The Commonwealth’s investment in the Defense Fabric Discovery Center creates a significant, new research and development capability at MIT Lincoln Laboratory,” said Eric Evans, Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “We are looking forward to working with others in the community to develop new fiber and fabric technology breakthroughs.”
“The funding for the Defense Fabric Discovery Center announced today underscores the deep commitment of the Baker Administration and Secretary Ash to Advanced Fabric investments in support of national security and the U.S. Army,” said Yoel Fink, CEO of AFFOA. “We are deeply appreciative of this support.”
“Massachusetts has been a leader in manufacturing for centuries and the investment made today under the M2I2 program is another step to ensure that our research institutions, companies, and workers get the support that will allow them to lead throughout the 21st Century,” said Tim Connelly, Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
“The Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center has a long history of data-driven innovation to support our troops,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka. “This partnership will leverage our state’s manufacturing, technology and science talent for continued product development to serve soldiers across the country.”
“The center houses some of the top researchers in defense technology. I am pleased to see the Baker-Polito administration investing funds to support the second phase of research & development at this cutting-edge research hub,” said Senator Richard J. Ross. “This will improve the lives of our nations troops with products designed and manufactured right here in Natick.”
“The research coming out of U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center continues to help protect those who serve our country,” said Representative David Linsky. “It is great to see such innovative research coming out of the Natick Soldiers System.”
The Baker-Polito Administration has committed more than $100 million in funding over five years to the M2I2 effort, which provides a vehicle for the Commonwealth to invest in the national Manufacturing USA initiative, helping advance innovation and job growth by spurring cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other academic and training institutions. The Manufacturing USA initiative seeks to spur research into cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to advanced manufacturing processes. The federal awards are leveraged several times over through a series of state and industry matches.
In addition to being the headquarters of the national effort to develop revolutionary fibers and textiles, overseen by AFFOA, Massachusetts is also a participant in regional manufacturing innovation institute nodes focused on robotics, photonics, flexible hybrid electronics, and biopharma manufacturing. In October, Governor Baker announced $7 million in M2I2 awards at UMass Amherst and the Baker-Polito Administration also announced $11.3 million in grants for UMass-Lowell, including $10 million for a separate Fabric Discovery Center based in Lowell, also supported by the AFFOA institute. M2I2 investments are co-managed by the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development and the public economic development agency, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech).
More than 10% of the Commonwealth’s total economic output is tied to manufacturing and in 2016, $26 billion in manufactured goods were exported from the Commonwealth. Approximately 250,000 employees work in the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, comprising 7.8% of the total workforce in the state. Massachusetts manufacturers interested in applying for grants through the M2I2 program can visit http://m2i2.masstech.org to learn more about the process.
Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2016, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and provides the Commonwealth to invest in the Manufacturing USA program. The Administration has committed $100 million-plus in funding over five years to support M2I2 projects across the Commonwealth, investments which are managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Through the creation of sector-specific Manufacturing USA Centers, M2I2 will advance innovations and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators and other academic and training institutions. For more information visit http://m2i2.masstech.org.