Housing Rehabilitation & Development
Hope Street HousingMillville, Massachusetts
COG had been working as the Town of Millville’s CDBG consultant for several years when the opportunity arose to develop affordable housing on Town-owned land. The Town had taken the property due to unpaid taxes and it included an abandoned, partially constructed six-unit dwelling. A small town in the Blackstone Valley, Millville had very little affordable housing and no public water or sewer systems.
We worked with Millville from project inception to completion. First, we secured pre-development funds from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) to assess the feasibility of reusing the existing structure, given its long period of abandonment. A construction consultant determined that the structure had deteriorated beyond repair, and it was razed. We helped the Town identify a suitable and capable developer and secured construction funds through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Housing Development Support Program (HDSP).
COG coordinated the conveyance of the property from the Town to the developer and prepared the Affordable Housing Restriction. We also assisted the Town and developer through a comprehensive permit process under the Local Initiative Program (LIP), a first for Millville. Finally, COG managed the lottery process for the initial rent-up of the six two-bedroom apartments, reviewing tenant household incomes for compliance with the affordability restriction.