A lower-income neighborhood in long-struggling Springfield, Massachusetts is finally seeing a revitalized future on the horizon.
In May of 2021, MassHousing closed on $21.2 million in affordable housing financing to The Michaels Organization for the refinancing and rehabilitation of the 201-unit Bergen Circle housing community in Springfield, where affordability will also be preserved for lower- and moderate-income residents.
“We are grateful to MassHousing for their support and for their trust in Michaels to revitalize this community and for the opportunity to manage this vital affordable housing resource so that it remains a neighborhood asset for generations to come,” said Jed Henderson, Michaels Vice President who spearheaded this development deal.
Michaels, which has taken over ownership and management of Bergen Circle, plans approximately $17 million in property renovations to the eight-building housing community in the McKnight neighborhood of Springfield.
The Michaels Organization is the nation’s largest private sector owner of affordable housing in the nation, with full-service capabilities in development, management, construction, and finance.
“Bergen Circle is an important source of affordable housing for families in Springfield, but the property is in need of significant upgrades,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay.
“We were pleased to partner with Michaels not only to ensure that Bergen Circle will be modernized for the long term, but that it will continue to provide quality housing and economic opportunity for Springfield residents across a spectrum of incomes,” she added.
MassHousing is providing Michaels Development with a $13.3 million construction and permanent loan and a $7.9 million repair loan. The MassHousing financing will allow Michaels Development to undertake significant improvements to the property, including building envelope repairs and water infiltration remediation; the installation of new windows, flooring and appliances; kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC upgrades; and replacing sanitary and water risers on the midrise building.
Located at 15 Girard Ave., in Springfield, 161 of the 201 apartments at Bergen Circle are contained in a seven-story, steel-framed building, and the remaining 40 apartments are contained in seven, two-story, wood-frame townhomes. There are 89 one-bedroom apartments, 72 two-bedroom apartments, 20 three-bedroom apartments and 20 four-bedroom apartments.
Of the 201 units, 170 are supported by federal project-based housing vouchers, with 118 of the units restricted to households earning up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 52 units restricted to households earning up to 80 percent of AMI. The remaining 31 apartments are rented at market rates. The Area Median Income for Springfield is $77,200 for a household of four.
The general contractor will be Michaels Construction. The architect is Urban Practice and the management agent is Michaels Management.
MassHousing has financed 12 rental housing communities in Springfield totaling 2,564 units of housing with an overall original loan amount of $157.4 million. The Agency has also provided home mortgage loans to 4,736 homebuyers and homeowners in Springfield with an original purchase principal balance of $356.7 million.
Rendering courtesy of Urban Practice.