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Soundview Landing – A New Beginning for Washington Village

By Eva Erlich, Vice President, and Michael Lozano, Senior Project Manager

1Washington Village is the oldest public housing site in Connecticut and experienced significant damage and flooding during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Over the past few years, Trinity and the Norwalk Housing Authority have worked with the residents and local and state agencies to develop a plan to replace the housing on site with a design for the new buildings that pairs style with sustainability and flood resiliency. When completed, this revitalization will replace the existing Washington Village with 273 new, safe, modern apartments, including a one-for-one replacement of the 136 public housing units that existed there at the start of construction.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 24, we gathered with dozens of our partners, community members and elected officials, including Gov. Dan Malloy, U.S. Representative Jim Himes and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, to celebrate an important milestone in our redevelopment of Norwalk’s Washington Village – the completion of Phase One and the start of Phase Two! Now at the close of Phase One, there are 80 new thoughtfully modern apartment homes at 13 and 20 Day Street.

The revitalization of this community started with the search for a new name. We worked with the NHA and polled the Washington Village residents to select a name, and when the votes were tallied, the winner was clear: Soundview Landing. This name pays homage to the City of Norwalk’s maritime history and the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound.

2At the ribbon cutting, Governor Malloy told the crowd, “Housing is fundamental to who we are and how we raise our children. We need a broader brush of affordable housing through our state.” At Trinity, we could not agree more. We are proud to now be able to share Phase One with the South Norwalk community, and also look forward to the completion of the whole project!
Phase One is now complete and leasing and the entire site will be complete in 2022. Check out the new website to learn more about Soundview Landing!

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Dec 14, 2018
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Marking a Major Milestone at Orient Heights

By Eva Erlich, Vice President

Photo 1At the core of all Trinity projects are the community, its residents, and a belief that having access to high-quality housing results in a stronger urban fabric. To see a clear example of this, one needs to look no further than East Boston’s Overlook Terrace at Orient Heights.

This summer, we marked an exciting milestone at the Orient Heights development. Joined with residents, the Local Tenant Organization and elected officials, we celebrated the completion of the first phase of redevelopment, which brought 120 units of newly constructed, modern, LEED Platinum Certifiable affordable rental housing to the East Boston community.

Photo 2Orient Heights, a public housing development, was originally built in 1951 and has been owned and managed by the Boston Housing Authority. The dated property sorely needed improvements to provide residents with quality housing within a healthier, more vibrant living environment. We were selected, along with the East Boston CDC, to bring this transformation to life. To help determine what this transformation would consist of, we met with the residents and the broader neighborhood to understand the needs and desires of the community.

Photo 3As we cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of this first phase, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay reminded us all that, “We always remember what we do this for – at the end of the day it’s about the residents and we all know that and keep our eyes on the prize.” This is something we take to heart at Trinity, as we always work to develop communities that enhance the quality of life for residents and the surrounding neighborhood.

Photo 4Like most of our projects, the Overlook Terrace at Orient Heights revitalization is a collaborative effort between both public and private partners, and we were proud to stand alongside many of them at the ribbon cutting. Phase Two of construction is now underway, and will consist of 88 rental units in a combination of townhouse and mid-rise buildings, as well as new and improved open spaces. We’re hoping for a smooth construction phase and are as eager as the residents to fulfill the vision of a renewed community in this Orient Heights neighborhood!

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Dec 11, 2018
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The Evolution of East Boston

By Abby Goldenfarb and Eva Erlich

Few areas in Boston have experienced rapid growth quite the way that East Boston has. In the past few years alone, cranes have sprouted up across the neighborhood, reflecting the demand for housing and development close to downtown Boston and accessibility to Boston public transit. The cranes have been accompanied by a ripple effect of new restaurants, businesses and cultural destinations headed to Eastie, including an announcement from the ICA earlier this spring that they will open a new outpost on the East Boston waterfront. There’s no doubt about it – Eastie is hot! But years before other developers began visiting East Boston in droves, Trinity was already there, committed to creating transformative projects that would play a pivotal role in the evolution of Eastie.

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Trinity Financial’s work in East Boston began over a decade ago with Maverick Landing. In 2001, the Boston Housing Authority was awarded a $35 million HOPE VI award for the complete renovation of Maverick Gardens, a deteriorating public housing complex on the Eastie waterfront. With the partnership of the East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC), we transformed the site, demolishing all 413 units and replacing them with 396 units in newly constructed buildings including 20 townhouses, six six-story mid-rise buildings, and a community center. The final result? A new, mixed-income community called Maverick Landing, designed to provide a new corridor to Boston Harbor and reconnect Maverick to the rest of the East Boston community. Located conveniently near the Maverick MBTA stop, residents also have easy access to downtown Boston and the surrounding areas.

A short distance away from Maverick Landing on the Eastie waterfront sits Boston East, our newest development in the neighborhood. In 2006, Trinity and the EBCDC were designated developer by the City of Boston on this blighted parcel of land on Border Street. After years of working through complicated design challenges, complex waterfront permitting hurdles and the turbulence of the 2008 recession, Trinity was able to begin construction on the project in 2015.

2Located between the Central Square and Maverick MBTA stations, we were able to transform what was once an industrial site into 200 breathtaking rental apartments, including six artist live-work apartments. Residents will be able to benefit from unique amenities like a kayak and paddle board launch; a yard with grills and a fire pit, a dog spa, a Hubway dock and Zipcar spots on-site.

Additionally, there is a dedicated space for artists, an open gallery space celebrating the neighborhood’s arts and culture providing ample opportunities for the community to come together for art exhibitions and community events. Currently leasing, we can’t wait for Boston East to open in early 2018 so the community can experience all that it has to offer.

3Trinity’s presence in East Boston extends beyond the waterfront, too. Just last year we broke ground with the Boston Housing Authority and EBCDC at the Boston Housing Authority’s Orient Heights development, located in the hills of East Boston’s Orient Heights neighborhood. Built in 1951, Orient Heights is a 15-acre site comprised of 331 units of state-funded public housing, a community center and a central boiler plant, all terraced into a steep hillside and in great need of maintenance and modernization. Through multiple phases, this project will redevelop the entire Orient Heights development, yielding 373 units of new, beautiful housing, 331 of which will be replacement units.

At Trinity Financial, we’re proud to have been part of the East Boston landscape for years. While development in Eastie shows no signs of slowing down, we’re committed to continuing to look for sites- as we did in Maverick, Boston East and Orient Heights – where we can introduce transformative development that reflects the wants and needs of the community so that East Boston can thrive.

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Dec 06, 2017
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35@EightSixty Block Party Brings Together Lower Roxbury & South End Communities

By Eva Erlich, vice president

On Saturday, September 23, hundreds of residents and neighbors of the Northampton Square Campus, which bridges the Lower Roxbury and South End communities, joined together for a community block party to celebrate the newly renovated 35@EightSixty. With Northampton Street blocked off to car traffic for the day, community members, families and children of all ages enjoyed music, dancing, live art from Artists for Humanity and other artists, games and free food.

1 The Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, and Hope House were also on-hand, providing information and resources for members of the community.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh was among the crowd of community members who attended the block party, stopping to talk with residents and neighbors and learn more about the renovation work done at 35@EightSixty.

2Built between 1969 and 1973 to house the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, the City of Boston and Boston Public Health Commission procured our team in 2010 to modernize components of the Campus that were in desperate need of capital repairs.

The residential apartments at the Campus were suffering from decades of deferred maintenance, and the physical condition was jeopardizing the ability to continue providing this important housing resource in this neighborhood.  Renovations to the two towers, which began in 2013 and completed in 2016, included upgraded kitchens, renovated bathrooms, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient windows with new blinds in all units – and all of this work was completed while residents continued to live in their apartments.

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The modernization project also included new mechanical and electrical systems, façade repairs and improvements, a new roof, elevator upgrades, new laundry rooms, and improved security systems.  As a part of our work at this development, the 347 apartments in the two residential towers, 35 Northampton and 860 Harrison, are now deed-restricted affordable apartments.

It was a beautiful day surrounded by our friends and the community at 35@EightSixty.

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