Renvenido Housing

renvenidoReviviendo Family Housing created 17 new affordable apartments for Lawrence families through the renovation of three prominently located vacant historic buildings and one vacant lot in the center of the North Common neighborhood. RFH Has won both the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award and the Fannie Mae Maxwell Award for Excellence.

Site History:

Three beautiful historic buildings and a large parcel stood vacant and deteriorating for many years at 103-105 Haverhill Street, 60-62 Newbury Street, 10 Jackson Terrace and 107-113 Newbury Street until Lawrence CommunityWorks was able to secure site control and redevelop them through this project.

Organizing & Planning:

The redevelopment of these abandoned buildings were targeted as a priority in the initial organizing and planning done by CommunityWorks with residents in the Summer of 1999. Residents were actively involved in public hearings to secure the funding, site control and approvals needed to develop these properties.

Project Description:

This project resulted in the creation of 17 beautiful, large, new affordable family rental apartments that are managed by the property management division of CommunityWorks.
· 60-62 Newbury Street—Complete renovation of a six family historic brick building with four 3-bedroom apartments and two 4-bedroom apartments. Listed on the National Historic Register.
· 10 Jackson Terrace—Complete renovation of a two family wood frame historic building with two 3-bedroom apartments. Listed on the National Historic Register.
· 103-105 Haverhill Street—Complete renovation of a four unit brick historic building with two 3-bedroom apartments and two 2-bedroom apartments.
· 107-113 Newbury Street—New modular construction of three 2-bedroom. town house units and two 2bd flats, one of which is completely wheelchair accessible.
All 17 units were built with environmentally friendly, durable materials and have high energy-efficient heating systems. They will not only be very healthy for the occupants but also will be very affordable to maintain.

Project Status:

Completed and occupied in January 2004.

Project Partners

City of Lawrence, CEDAC, Department of Housing and Community Development Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Federal Home Loan Bank Board Affordable Housing Program, Lawrence Savings Bank, The Life Initiative, MassHousing, Massachusetts Housing and Investment Corporation, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Armand Hyatt (LCW Counsel), and Lisa Kozol (Director of Real Estate Development).