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MassHousing to Provide $21 Million in Financing for New, Mixed-Income and Workforce Housing Community in Shrewsbury
WinnCompanies will develop the 93-unit The Point at Hills Farm for residents with a range of incomes
January 04, 2024

BOSTON – January 4, 2024 – MassHousing will provide approximately $21 million in affordable housing financing to WinnCompanies for the development of The Pointe at Hills Farm, which will feature 93 new apartment homes for residents with a range of incomes in Shrewsbury.

The 93 new apartment homes will be constructed in two, three-story buildings on a partially vacant parcel at 526 Hartford Turnpike in Shrewsbury, in proximity to state Routes 140 and 9, Interstate Routes 90 and 290, and two miles from an MBTA Commuter Rail Station.

"MassHousing is pleased to be a partner with WinnCompanies in this effort to transform an underutilized parcel into an exciting new housing community in Shrewsbury that will provide residents of different incomes with housing stability and economic opportunity," said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay.

"MassHousing’s support has been crucial to moving this development forward, allowing us to create much-needed, mixed-income apartment homes for the working families who are fueling economic growth in greater Worcester and greater Boston," said WinnDevelopment Executive Vice President Adam Stein. "This financing keeps us on track to open the community late this year."

MassHousing is providing WinnCompanies with $10.3 million in permanent financing, $7.9 million in tax credit equity bridge loan financing, and $2.8 million from the Agency's Workforce Housing Initiative.

Other project financing includes a total of $28 million in state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity. The tax credits were allocated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) and tax credit equity will be provided by Bank of America. Bank of America is also providing approximately $31 million in construction financing. EOHLC is providing approximately $3 million in direct support as well as $7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) financing. The project is also receiving $4.1 million in ARPA financing through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which MassHousing manages on behalf of EOHLC, and $265,000 in financing from the Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDAC).

One of the new buildings will contain 63 new apartment homes and the other will have 30. Residents of both buildings will have access to the amenities at the 63-unit building, which will include a club lounge with a community kitchen, work and gathering space, a conference room, fitness center, two work-from-home rooms, a package room, mail area, and an onsite management office. There will also be outdoor amenity space connecting the buildings with an outdoor kitchen/family area with grills, a lawn space for activities, a fire pit, walking trails, a tot lot, and a dog park.

Of the 93 apartments, 13 will be restricted to households earning up to 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and will be supported by state MRVP (5) and federal Section 8 (8) housing vouchers, 43 apartments will be restricted to households earning up to 60 percent of AMI. There will be 21 workforce apartments for households earning up to 110 percent of AMI and 16 apartments will be unrestricted.

The development will feature three studio apartments, 44 one-bedroom apartments, 36 two-bedroom apartments, and 10 three-bedroom apartments. Construction is expected to be completed in 18 months.

The general contractor will be Dellbrook JKS, the architect is Cube 3 Architects, and the property manager will be WinnCompanies.

About WinnCompanies

WinnCompanies is an award-winning, national owner, developer and manager of high-impact affordable, middle income, mixed-income, market rate and military housing communities. Founded in Boston in 1971 and supported by 4,000 team members in 24 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, WinnCompanies is one of the nation’s largest multi-family housing managers with 105,600 residential and military apartment homes under management. It is a leading manager of affordable housing and privatized U.S. military housing in the United States. The company also owns 125 apartment communities in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

About MassHousing

MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $30 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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