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    Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc. Announces Walker School Apartments Ribbon-Cutting, October 26, 2021

    Published on October 13, 2021

    Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito among expected dignitaries present

    Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc., a nonprofit organization that owns and develops affordable rental communities, announced today that the opening of the Walker School Apartments, located at 135 Berkley Street in Taunton, will be officially celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, to be held Tuesday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m.

    Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito is expected in attendance, as are Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox, Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell , and other local and state officials.

    The brand new 40-unit apartment community is the former site of the long-vacant Walker School and is now home to seniors 62 and older and non-elderly disabled individuals.  Residents began moving in earlier last month.

    A true collaboration of funding sources and organizations came together to support the project, which included redevelopment of the vacant former school into 40 new one-bedroom apartments (16 apartments in the original school building plus an addition containing 24 apartments).

    MassHousing closed on $9.5 million in affordable housing financing to Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc., and Taunton Revitalization, Inc. – an $8.75 million construction loan and a $750,000 construction and permanent loan.

    The project also received $14.1 million in equity financing through allocations of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and federal Historic Tax Credits, as well as $3.69 million in equity financing from the allocations of state LIHTCs and state Historic Tax Credits syndicated by Boston Financial Investment Management.

    Additionally, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), which allocated the federal and state LIHTCs, also contributed $2.6 million in direct affordable housing subsidy.  The Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which MassHousing manages on behalf of DHCD, contributed $1 million to the project, and the city of Taunton provided $200,000 in financing. 

    Walker School Apartments is located near the Weir Village Riverfront Park and the Taunton River and is serviced by public transportation.  All apartment homes have income qualifications and rent restrictions to provide affordability.  Braintree-based Peabody Properties is managing the community.

     “Given the history of this building, there’s been so much interest in this project since the very beginning,” said Michael Mattos, executive director of AHSC.  “We’re thrilled to celebrate its opening and welcome the public to this wonderful new community in Taunton.”