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$470,000 CDBG grant awarded to Riverside Park rehab project

Over $1 million also approved for Notre Dame project

September 11, 2013
BERLIN — A $470,000 federal grant was awarded to Cos County at Wednesday meeting of Governor and Council in Durham to support energy and weatherization improvements to the 120-unit family apartment complex, Brookside Park Apartments, on behalf of Liberty Gardens Associates, a limited partnership.

The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) granted the award under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. All of the households living in these units qualify as low- to moderate-income and are approved for Section 8 housing vouchers. The project cost totals $714,921, with Tri-County CAP's weatherization funds providing $194,921 as a match, plus $50,000 from Brookside Park Apartment reserves.

Twenty thousand dollars of the total is earmarked to cover administrative costs.

The family-oriented Brookside Park was built in the late 1970s and includes 13 buildings: 14 one-bedroom units; 76 two-bedroom units; and 30 three-bedroom units.

HallKeen Management, a company that oversees 6,000 affordable units, manages the complex.

Weatherization and energy-saving activities will include adding insulation, air-sealing building envelopes, installing low-flow showerheads, replacing incandescent lighting with fluorescent fixtures, replacing bathroom exhaust fans and replacing doors and windows with modern energy-efficient alternatives.

These activities are designed to improve tenant safety and comfort, increase energy efficiencies, lower operating costs and improve the long-term physical condition of the complex.

Right-Trak Design of Weare completed a capital needs assessment that was used to determine the project's priorities.

The City also received other good news on its affordable housing stock last week: New Hampshire Housing's Board of Directors approved over $1 million for the Notre Dame Senior Affordable Housing project.

The Littleton-based Affordable Housing, Education, and Development (AHEAD) will use the funds to renovate the historic Notre Dame high school into over 30 units of affordable housing for seniors.

The Notre Dame high school has sat empty for a number of years, and the project is expected to revitalize the entire neighborhood.

Renovations will include lead abatement and the installation of an elevator and an energy-efficient wood chip boiler.

Residents will pay a fixed percentage of their income toward rent and have access to supportive services, if needed.

Construction is planned to begin in October.

"This funding award was a critical component of AHEAD's ability to move forward with the Senior Living at Notre Dame project," said AHEAD executive Mike Claflin in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled that the New Hampshire Housing Board recognizes the significance of this project as it not only provides additional housing options for low-income seniors, but it is also helping to revitalize a distressed neighborhood and rehabilitate a property that is of great historic significance to the Berlin community."

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