Hearth at Four Corners

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Ground Breaking for Hearth at four corners

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Hearth hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for Hearth at Four Corners. Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Hearth President and CEO Mark Hinderlie, D.F. Pray President, Scott Pray, the Hearth Board of Directors, local elected officials, and residents of Four Corners community to celebrate the construction of the 54-unit building.

The $19 million project will create 54 units of supportive, affordable housing for older adults, and will be located on a previously vacant city-owned lot at 16 Ronald Street in Dorchester. Today's groundbreaking ceremony builds on the City of Boston's commitment to creating more affordable housing, especially for older residents. We are creating 52 affordable one-bedroom units, and two studio apartments. All residents at the new 48,867 square foot building will have 24/7 access to on-site concierge services and a Resident Service Coordinator. Additional wellness services will also be available once construction is complete. The new housing development will serve individuals age 62 or older who have either low or middle-income housing needs. In addition, eight units will be set aside to house formerly homeless individuals and eleven units are for clients of the Department of Mental Health.

The community had a vision for Hearth at Four Corners and to make it a reality it involved almost three dozen partners and agencies. This project truly shows the power of a process that is collaborative and supportive of one another. Hearth owes a debt of gratitude to all these partners, but a few have had a particularly powerful role in driving the process to such a swift and successful conclusion. First among these from Hearth’s perspective is Peter Roche, our development consultant. The name of his company, Development Synergies, perfectly captures the critical success factors. Besides leading Hearth through the intricate maze of affordable housing development, Peter engaged critical stakeholders and created a kind of positive urgency. In a similar way, Beverley Johnson of Bevco Associates provided leadership in our engagement with the community to ensure our project fit with their vision. Throughout this process, our long-time banking allies, Eastern Bank and Citizens, supported us through the entire process, and our investor in the low-income housing tax credits, Hudson Housing Capital, brought the process home with the financing brilliance of MassDevelopment. And we owe special thanks to May Shields, Hearth's COO, whose love for this building and its sister building Hearth at Olmsted Green has infused these projects with the warmth and comfort that we sought to convey by calling ourselves Hearth - a place where the heart feels at home.

We also have the incredibly good fortune to have a governor and mayor who are much more than good managers. Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh not only hire and oversee the best people, but act with the heart of philanthropists, seeing our community’s desperate need for more affordable housing and marshaling real resources to make more housing happen. At a time when many of us are profoundly worried about our government, we’ve just seen and still experience government at its best right here at Four Corners.

Thank you to the following agencies and partners for making Hearth at Four Corners a reality.

Public Officials:

Governor Charlie Baker

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Representative Russell Holmes

Boston City Council President, Andrea Campbell

Funders:

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), HOME Program through the Department of Housing & Community Development

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Housing Stabilization Fund Program administered by the Housing Partnership Fund Board (MHP)

The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Trust Fund, administered by the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

The Facilities Consolidation Fund of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts administrated through the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC)

The City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Citizens Bank, Construction and Perm Finance lender

Eastern Bank, co-Construction lender

Hudson Housing Capital, Equity Investor

Farnsworth

Development Team:

Architects: The Architectural Team and The DREAM Collaborative

General Contractor: D.F. Pray, Inc.

Owner’s Representative: WaypointKLA, Inc.

Property Management: Peabody Properties

Civil Engineer: Samiotes Consultants

Legal: Nixon Peabody LLP

Env/Geotech Engineer: McPhail Associates LLC

Peter Roche, President Development Synergies LLC

Beverley Johnson, Bevco Associates Inc

Supporters/Partners:

MassDevelopment

Sheila Dillon, Cabinet Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development