MassHousing Provides $2.1M Construction Loan for Workforce Housing Community in Boston

A rendering of 233 Hancock in Dorchester

BOSTON — MassHousing has provided $2.1 million in affordable housing financing from the agency’s Workforce Housing Initiative to support the development of 233 Hancock, a five-story, 36-unit workforce housing community being developed by Arx Urban in Dorchester. The financing will help transform two former automobile repair shops into 36 units of new mixed-income homes, including 21 units of workforce housing. Of the 36 new apartments, 10 will be affordable for working households earning up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 11 apartments will be affordable for working households earning up to 100 percent of AMI. The remaining 15 units will be rented at market rates. The AMI for Boston is $107,800 for a family of four. Additional financing for the project is being provided by the Property and Casualty Initiative, which is providing $9.4 million in construction and permanent financing. Other sources include $3.2 million of private equity and $500,000 in Community Preservation funding from the City of Boston. Haycon is serving as general contractor on the project. The architect is RODE Architects Inc.

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