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Celebrating the Bright Artistic Future of East Boston

By Abby Goldenfarb and Aaron Horne

 

Last month we celebrated Youth Art Month with a new exhibit opening, Celebrating Local Student Artists!, at our Boston East Community Art Gallery to showcase 31 original works from local middle and high school students. The evening was abuzz with excitement as 30 students from Revere High School, Chelsea High School, Excel Academy Middle School (East Boston), Excel Academy High School (East Boston), and Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy gathered with family and friends to view their incredible pieces. The opening is the first of a two part series with the second opening on April 23rd which will feature students from Winthrop High School and Garfield Middle School (Revere). For each show, students were asked to submit vibrant, dynamic pieces that they felt represented the best of their work.

BostonEastBlog2The exhibit coincided with the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) annual conference, held this year in Boston. The conference is a gathering of thousands of visual art educators from all over the world dedicated to the education of young artists. We thought there would be no better way to celebrate this tremendous organization gathering in Boston than to offer them a chance to see some of the local talent in our city.

When we opened the gallery in the summer of last year to be part of our larger Boston East building project, we envisioned a space that would continue East Boston’s long standing tradition of nurturing and supporting local artists. For support, we partnered with the Atlantic Works Gallery and June Krinsky-Rudder from the East Boston Artists Group to help us create exhibits that will highlight this area to the general public. Local art is the visual and creative BostonEastBlog3expression of a community by reflecting what makes any given area unique. Encouraging local art, however, means providing the necessary space and support to help future and emerging artists showcase their work. Displaying the works of middle and high school students reflects our commitment to this community. We love the community of East Boston and hope to continue to show the vibrancy of this community through the amazing local talents of its artists. 

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Apr 08, 2019
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An Old Mill is Now Providing New Homes to the Community of Olneyville

By Dan Drazen

60KingSt_037More than three years after its inception by Trinity, the former Imperial Knife Company building in Olneyville is seeing a new life through the opening of our 60 King project. The redevelopment of 60 King is the second housing project contemplated in the Build Olneyville Plan, a holistic, community-based vision for improving the Olneyville neighborhood and the nearby Manton Heights public housing development.
60 King includes 54 affordable rental units at 30% and 60% of area median income, as well as six market-rate apartments.

On October 30th, a sunny and crisp fall day, we were joined by Governor Raimondo, U.S. Senator Reed, Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline, Mayor Elorza, and our partners at RIHousing, ONE Neighborhood Builders, SWAP, and Citizens Bank to celebrate bringing modern and mixed-income housing to this neighborhood of Providence. The ribbon cutting ceremony was filled with excitement and enthusiasm as this project, which began construction in the spring of 2017, was finally completed. 60 King is Trinity’s first project in Providence.60KingSt_073

The successful opening of this new development was made possible by the partnership and support of government officials and stakeholders from the federal, state, and local levels. As Barbara Fields, executive director of RIHousing said at the groundbreaking, “This is what happens when partners work together to turn the worst corner of the city into a showcase – the results are homes for families, recreational activities and a better quality of life.”

Starting in the 1950s, the 60 King building was home to the Imperial Knife Company, founded by brothers Felix and Michael Mirando, and financially backed and managed by their friend, Domenic Fazzano. One of the country’s largest manufacturers of pocket knives at the time, the Imperial Knife factory provided thousands of jobs in the area for many decades. We were honored to have members of the Fazzano family join us for this celebration. The redevelopment of 60 King is a testament to how repurposing a historic space that once provided jobs can now provide safe and affordable homes to the community.

The large windows and high ceilings in the units provide views to the Woonasquatucket bike path and walking trail adjacent to the building. Open floor plans and amenity spaces, such as the children’s indoor playroom and fitness center, offer opportunities for creating a sense of community. We look forward to seeing the families of 60 King make use of this adaptively reused space and add new vibrancy to this corner of Providence. Check out all that 60 King has to offer its new residents here.

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Dec 18, 2018
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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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Celebrating innovation in Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts has a proud history as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and is looking to continue its legacy as a critical innovation district. Nowhere is this juxtaposition of old and new innovation more apparent than our latest project in Lowell’s Hamilton Canal District.

We worked to redevelop 110 Canal Street, a former mill building, into a 55,000-square-foot spec office and commercial property. This certified historic rehabilitation project is an integral part of the broader mission to revitalize this district, and follows the completion of our redevelopment of Appleton Mills, the largest affordable artist housing development in the state.

110 Canal Street is now fully leased, and is home to a number of tenants that will continue the innovative spirit of Lowell. Some of the major tenants include:

  • UMass Lowell’s NERVE Center and Fabric Discovery Center, which offers a location for companies and university faculty to work together to design and test advanced manufacturing.  
  • The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, which fosters entrepreneurship, economic development and job creation by linking the region’s technology startups and entrepreneurs to resources that facilitate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of their respective innovations. The hub hosts technology-focused startup companies based on university technology, as well as innovations and concepts developed in the larger, entrepreneurial community.
  • M2D2, a business incubator which provides space for early-stage medical device and biotech businesses.

110 Canal InteriorWe recently had the opportunity to come together to celebrate the official opening of this building with Governor Charlie Baker, leaders from UMass Lowell, national manufacturing institutes and the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing community. As Lowell continues to be a hub for innovation, we know that 110 Canal Street will be an important part of this story. We look forward to seeing the entrepreneurial and creative spirit that has revitalized this former mill building and hope it will extend beyond the building itself and into the entire city.

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Oct 15, 2018
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A New Dawn for a Historic Mill in Lawrence

©Allan Dines.7796.0086On the morning of June 6th, we gathered in Lawrence with elected officials and our partners to break ground on our newest redevelopment: Van Brodie Mill. This adaptive reuse of a former mill that was originally built in 1919 is our first project in Lawrence, and will preserve an historic  structure while remediating a brownfields site, ultimately bringing 102 units of mixed-income housing to the Arlington Mills Historic District.

The groundbreaking featured an array of speakers, including Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan; Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera; State Representative Frank Moran; and MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay, a nod to the collaboration amongst our partners at the state and local level in transforming this historic property into much-needed housing.

©Allan Dines.7796.0175Van Brodie Mill will be built on four adjacent land parcels within the city’s 34-acre Arlington Mills Smart Growth Overlay District, containing two interconnected mill buildings with 100 units; a small, former incinerator building with two units; a water pump house, and a parking lot. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-bedroom apartments, 56 two-bedroom apartments and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

AED_0224 (1)While Van Brodie Mill may be Trinity’s first project in Lawrence, it is not our first foray into brownfield remediation, a process which we are also undertaking in the redevelopment of our 60 King building in Providence, which was once the site of the Imperial Knife Factory.

Construction started in January 2018 and is estimated to take approximately 18 months. We’re looking forward to opening our doors to the Lawrence community in the fall of 2019!

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Celebrating the topping off of Treadmark 2.0

By the Treadmark Team

On April 23, 2018, we joined together with partners, friends and the Ashmont/Peabody Square community to celebrate the topping-off of Treadmark 2.0. The milestone event, held across the street from the building at Tavolo Ristorante, celebrated the rebuild of the structure and roof just 10 months after a fire destroyed the original construction.

On hand at Tavolo were about 90 supporters of the project, including architects, builders, local retailers, neighbors, and future residents, who all signed a beam and raised a glass together to mark the halfway point of construction on the transit-oriented development in Ashmont/Peabody Square. In total, Treadmark will bring 83 new units of housing and ground floor retail with space for American Provisions, a locally-run artisanal grocer which will provide delicious options and new jobs for the Dorchester community.

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Jim Keefe, our principal, took time to thank Treadmark’s supporters and those committed to seeing the project rebuilt, saying that “as we rise from the ashes, people I don’t know tell me on the street how happy they are to see this building rising again. We’re not done yet, but we are celebrating today because it looks like a real building. The next part of our job is turning this building into people’s homes.” From Jim and our whole team at Trinity, we were, and are, so grateful to take the next step towards completing Treadmark 2.0, and we’re looking forward to November 2018 when construction is expected to be finished.

Take a look at the thoughtful column that ran on the event, written by the Dorchester Reporter’s Bill Forry.

And for more about Treadmark, check out www.livetreadmark.com

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May 15, 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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Randolph Houses receives 27th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award

By Thomas Brown – Development Manager, NYC

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This year, Phase 1 of Randolph Houses will receive the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award, an award that recognizes projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation or adaptive reuse of historic buildings. The awards are named for Lucy G. Moses, a New Yorker whose generosity benefited the city for more than 50 years. The Lucy G. Moses Awards are the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation honoring projects that “provide jobs, promote tourism, maintain beloved institutions, and protect the character of the City.”

The first phase of the Randolph Houses project successfully rehabilitated 22 of the 36 five story Old Law tenement buildings that make up the development. Once slated for demolition due to its deteriorating state, Trinity took on the Randolph Houses project, along with partners West Harlem Group Assistance and NYCHA, to execute on the historic rehabilitation of the existing structures into two sets of interconnected and fully handicap-accessible buildings. The building facades have been restored and now feature repaired brownstone, limestone and brick, as well as new cast-iron window surrounds, new windows and doors. The interiors of the buildings have been completely demolished and rehabilitated into 168 units of affordable and public housing, along with community spaces. The reconfigured 168 units are a mix of studio, one-, two-, three- and four bedroom apartments designed to accommodate family living. The rehabilitated buildings contain community space, computer lab, fitness room and storage for residents. There are also site improvements which include two children’s play areas for different age groups and active and passive outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy.

We strongly believe in preserving the architectural integrity of the neighborhoods we work in while creating a positive change for all residents. Trinity, along with our partners from West Harlem Group Assistance and NYCHA, is honored to receive this award. Thank you, New York Landmarks Conservancy, for including Randolph Houses among your 2017 winners!

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May 09, 2017
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