Boston Families to See Extended Affordability and Property Renovations

An apartment community wants to expand opportunities for families of all incomes seeking great schools.

Boston—New financing will extend affordability and launch significant property improvements for some Lincoln families.

The closing of $15.6 million in MassHousing financing is official for the 125-unit Lincoln Woods Apartments. The property is owned by an affiliate of The Community Builders (TCB) of Boston. TCB Lincoln-Woods_finalis using the MassHousing financing to renovate the property, which includes 72 apartments that are affordable to lower-income families. The remaining 53 apartments are rented at market rates.

The 72 affordable units will remain so for at least 30 years under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and 32 of those units will have subsidy through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.

“While Lincoln Woods is in generally good condition, this financing is going to result in a substantial renovation of the property for all the residents and extend the affordability for 72 families there for at least 30 years,” said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason. “The Community Builders was committed to keeping Lincoln Woods as a valuable affordable housing resource in Lincoln and we were pleased to work with them on achieving that.”

Lincoln Woods was built in 1976 with MassHousing financing. There are 39 one-bedroom apartments, 74 two-bedroom apartments and 12 three-bedroom apartments in 18 two-story, wood-frame buildings. The property also features a community building, playground and a wastewater treatment plant that serves the site and an adjacent commercial area.

Planned improvements include replacing all windows and exterior doors, replacement or repair of wood siding, community room renovations, the addition of a fitness area, new kitchens and bathrooms, a new boiler plant, improved ventilation, and the addition of solar panels. The number of accessible apartments will increase from two to six and the wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded to suit compliance with current requirements.

“At a time when the nation is talking about expanding ways for families of all incomes to live in high-opportunity communities with great schools, The Community Builders could not be more proud of Lincoln Woods Apartments, where 125 families with a wide range of incomes live in well-designed housing in the center of Lincoln, adjacent to grocery shopping, green space and the commuter rail,” said Bart Mitchell, TCB president and CEO. “We are delighted that this investment will keep Lincoln Woods Apartments beautiful, energy-efficient and affordable for decades to come.”

MassHousing’s financing consists of a $12.6 million construction and permanent loan and a $2.8 million bridge loan. Other financing sources for the transaction were the state Department of Housing and Community Development, the town of Lincoln and the use of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. The contractor is Delphi Construction. The architect is Tise Design Associates and the management agent is The Community Builders.