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Banker & Tradesman Coverage: Why Boston Needs Workforce Housing

Banker & Tradesman Coverage: Why Boston Needs Workforce Housing

As Boston’s economy and population have grown, so has the rate of construction and development. So what’s the issue? Trinity Financial’s managing director Kenan Bigby shares his thoughts concerning the lack of workforce housing for Boston’s middle class and why it’s so crucial that the city create more to sustain economic growth.

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Oct 19, 2016
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Cutting the Ribbon on Trinity’s Newest Market Rate Development at One Canal

By Abby Goldenfarb, Vice President – Development

In the thick of the Big Dig’s complications and delays, Bostonians nearly lost sight of what it was this massive urban facelift was gearing up to accomplish. But nine years after its completion, residents and visitors alike can be seen enjoying the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the summer and conveniently strolling and holiday shopping from the North End to Government Center in the winter.  The Big Dig opened up the city to be connected in a vital way and also opened the door to the development of much needed housing in a centrally located and highly desirable part of the city.

One-Canal-2Enter One Canal. Nestled in the heart of the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the new market rate, mixed-use building is now open, serving as a visual representation of the transformation of the area and significant investment into the neighborhood. One Canal, a joint venture between both Trinity Financial and Aimco, is downtown luxury at its finest. Consisting of 310 rental residential apartments, including 20 affordable units and 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail, One Canal stands within walking distance to live events at TD Garden, multiple MBTA lines, the action of Government Center, boating along the Boston Harbor, and cannolis in the North End.

aed_0196On July 13, local and state dignitaries, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, joined Trinity Financial and Aimco for the official ribbon cutting at One Canal. It was a perfect day for One Canal to show off its expansive list of amenities and all that it has to offer. Above the 12 stories on the finished roof deck, attendees at the event took in the picturesque 360-degree view of the Boston skyline while checking out the heated pool, outdoor cinema and fire-pit. And the amenities don’t stop outside. Inside, residents can enjoy a 2,000-square-foot fitness center and the Canal Club resident lounge. If you’re worried about finding a spot in the densely populated West End for your car, with a 147-space resident garage, parking is no issue. Ground retail tenants will include Boston’s first City Winery, a specialty culinary destination set to open in

For information on One Canal visit the website or follow on Twitter at @OneCanalApts. For more information visit Trinity Financial follow us on Twitter at @Trinity_RE.






Sep 19, 2016
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The Future of a Mixed-Use Boston

By Kenan Bigby, Managing Director

From Boston’s urban core to its outer neighborhoods, mixed use developments are helping to shape the future of the city. On August 11, I spoke on a panel for Bisnow’s Boston Major Projects event, joining Samuels & Associates’ Joel Sklar, AEW Capital Management’s Robert Plumb, Sam Park of Sam Park Companies, and HubSpot’s Ken Papa to discuss how the way people live, work and play is impacting mixed-use developments, as well as the nuances around financing mixed-use projects depending on their uses.

A building’s mix of uses is fundamental to the success of a project. The process for programming a successful project in one of Boston’s outer neighborhoods can be very different from downtown and the suburbs, as we experienced with developing One Canal in Bulfinch Triangle versus developing Treadmark (Dorchester) and Boston East (East Boston). For instance, in developing Treadmark and Boston East, we needed to focus on providing neighborhood-centric retail in non-core locations, which can be a challenge.  While the retail uses themselves may be similar to those in more traditional locations, locally-owned, smaller proprietors aren’t going to be as well capitalized, which requires a whole different process for underwriting and creative ways to make the deal feasible. Attracting the right retailers to our projects matters and we seek to bring in businesses that identify with each of our buildings’ unique identities. At Trinity, we take creating projects that reflect the neighborhoods they are in, and meeting the needs of those neighborhoods, seriously.

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I also had the opportunity to emphasize a few of Trinity’s projects that are transit-oriented, where we are creating vibrant, mixed-use projects outside of downtown.  Two recent groundbreakings — Treadmark, in Dorchester’s Ashmont neighborhood, and Boston East — showcase the viability of mixed-use developments in the neighborhoods of Boston.  Housing on public transportation is not a new phenomenon, but it can still be tricky to finance.  Although these projects are often more complicated, we have a proven-track record of creative, private-public partnerships, and we believe tackling development that are harder to do, bring the greatest reward.

As Boston looks to maintain its identity as the home of innovation – and a sought after destination for companies like GE – it also needs to remain affordable to the very people responsible for making Boston such a desirable destination. Earlier this year, the City of Boston released a report detailing how Boston should guide positive physical change over the next 15 years, which included middle-income workforce housing as a top priority. Of the 53,000 unit housing production goal delineated in the report, 20,000 are slotted to be middle-income workforce housing. To help those units come to fruition and promote economic growth and housing for the middle class, we need to be willing and able to create buildings that will help create a lasting legacy of a diverse, inclusive and sustainable Boston for years to come.

Thanks again to Bisnow for hosting a great panel!

Have you connected with Trinity on LinkedIn and Twitter yet? You can also learn more about our approach to development here.


Aug 19, 2016
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The New Face of Providence’s Imperial Knife Factory

One of Olneyville’s historic mills is getting a major renovation! This May, Rhode Island Housing’s Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary financing package for Trinity Financial’s plans to redevelop the former mill into 60 apartments. Located at 60 King Street in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood, the mill was built in 1923 and was originally the site of the Rochambeau Worsted Company. In the 1950s the mill was sold to the Imperial Knife Company, which operated in the building until at least 1988. After a series of multiple tenants occupied the building during the 1990s and early 2000s,  it has remained vacant since 2007.

What are the new plans for the old mill? Working with ONE Neighborhood Builders, a local community development corporation, Trinity is planning to rehabilitate and redevelop the site to include 54 affordable apartment units and 6 market-rate apartment units. Trinity’s proposal is part of an ongoing revitalization effort, the “Build Olneyville Plan,” which is focused on improving the Olneyville neighborhood and the nearby Manton Heights Public Housing development. Like many of Trinity’s other projects, 60 King Street was designed to provide quality affordable housing while fortifying a neighborhood through thoughtful and impactful development.

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As Dan Drazen, one of our project managers who is deeply involved in the project, explained, “Not only will this project activate a vacant building into 60 units of mixed-income housing, but it will also remediate a contaminated Brownfields site, save a historic asset, and strengthen the property’s connection to the rest of the Olneyville neighborhood.”

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60 King is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018. For more updates from Trinity Financial, connect with us via Twitter and LinkedIn.


Aug 04, 2016
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Looking Back: Recapping Boston East’s Groundbreaking

On Thursday, May 19, East Boston residents and government officials alike joined Trinity Financial to break ground at the new Boston East development on Border Street in East Boston. This was more than just a groundbreaking. Boston East is representative of the development renaissance taking place in East Boston, bringing the waterfront to life in the neighborhood with a 400-foot public boardwalk that includes a kayak launch, a community art gallery, an acre of open space and beautiful views of the city.

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Located centrally between Central Square and the Maverick T Station, Boston East will create 200 units of rental housing, 26 of which will be affordable housing, including six artist live/work/sell units on the ground floor.  As Governor Baker noted, “not only will [Boston East] bring new housing opportunities to East Boston, but it will open up the waterfront to the entire community, transforming a former industrial site into an asset for the neighborhood as a whole.”

Mayor Walsh also spoke at the groundbreaking, highlighting more of the benefits Boston East will provide for the entire East Boston community through increased access to the Boston Harbor, expanded open space, and space to celebrate art and culture. Other speakers at the groundbreaking included State Representative Adrian Madaro, City Councillor Sal LaMattina, East Boston Community Development Corporation Executive Director Al Caldarelli, and Trinity’s own Vice President of Development, Abby Goldenfarb. As construction continues, we’re thrilled to witness the positive impact Boston East has on the neighborhood and on future development in the area.

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Boston East is expected to open in fall 2017. For more information about Boston East, visit For more updates from Trinity Financial, connect with us via Twitter and LinkedIn.


Jul 19, 2016
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