TCB Celebrates Grand Reopening of Casa Maria

BOSTON, MA - December 15, 2008: Casa Maria Apartments, located at 130 Endicott Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood, celebrated its grand re-opening on December 15th with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke at the program on the importance of preserving affordable housing in the community.

Casa Maria Apartments, an 85-unit affordable housing complex, was built by The Community Builders (TCB) in 1979 to meet the needs of low-income seniors in the North End. Earlier this year, as part of its commitment to preserve and improve the quality of affordable housing in the North End, TCB, which operates the property, began a substantial renovation with the help of MassHousing and Low Income Housing Tax Credits provided by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), as well as limited partner investors Red Capital Group and Nationwide Insurance Company. The financing closed in February 2008 and the rehabilitation of the building was completed this month.

Casa Maria Ribbon Cutting Left to right: TCB Senior Vice President Willie Jones, MassHousing Executive Director Tom Gleason, Casa Maria residents, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

"Access to affordable housing is a cornerstone of every vibrant neighborhood in our city," said Mayor Menino. "The Community Builders, MassHousing, and Speaker DiMasi should be commended for their efforts to revitalize the Casa Maria Apartments, which serve an important need for senior and disabled residents in the North End. The renovated housing complex will help ensure that low-income seniors in the neighborhood have a place to call home for years to come."

The rehabilitation work on the six-story, steel-frame brick building included the renovation of an existing community kitchen, the addition of a second community kitchen, stand-up walk-in showers in the bathrooms, new energy-efficient appliances, lobby expansion, new windows and heating systems, elevators, a new community room, and a handicap-accessible sixth floor roof deck. A concrete backyard was also transformed with the addition of grass and trees. All of the units are subsidized by a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments contract regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

"The Casa Maria Apartments is a shining example of how important it is to preserve quality affordable housing, particularly for our senior citizens and residents with special needs,” said Tom Gleason, Executive Director at MassHousing. “MassHousing was very pleased to work with The Community Builders, Speaker DiMasi, Mayor Menino and our other state and city partners to renovate and revitalize this very important community of affordable housing in the North End."

Click here for further information on the Casa Maria Apartments affordable senior housing development.

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