New Bedford contributes last financial piece of the puzzle

NEW BEDFORD — The destiny of the historic Hillman Firehouse has been secured with its transformation into reasonably priced housing envisioned to start out by the stop of the year.

A $1.05 million grant from New Bedford’s Housing Enlargement Initiative fills the gap in funding that will enable the Waterfront Place Historic League, or WHALE, to go ahead with its programs for 8 affordable housing units in the former fireplace station originally designed in 1892.

Government Director Teri Bernert mentioned they have looked at the 130-12 months-previous building for some time for reuse for the reason that it is so traditionally significant but have not experienced the capacity until eventually now to make the changeover from previous hearth station and then civil protection headquarters to very affordable housing.

“It’s in a community in which the historic cloth is even now intact and if the creating bought demolished it would definitely produce in a gap in that group,” she explained. “A lot of the residents around ended up thrilled that we are preserving it. There are a whole lot of memories connected with the building, and even though it doesn’t search like it is, it is structurally sound.”

Bernert said there’s a massive want for very affordable housing in the town and adaptive reuse of aged hearth homes would make perception with all the areas inside of, the ceiling top and the beams and brick. The Hillman station is laid out properly for 8 units of housing, she explained. Component of one of the units is inside the fireplace tower.

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The venture was one particular of five very affordable housing initiatives awarded a complete of $11.2 million in federal cash New Bedford acquired underneath the American Rescue Prepare Act and the Property Investment decision Partnerships Program administered by the Business office of Housing and Group Development.

Hillman Street Fire Station in New Bedford was built in 1892 and decommissioned in 1950 when it was turned over to the Civil Defense Department. It has been vacant since 1994.

The $3.5 million restoration venture contains $3 million in building charges. WHALE has also been awarded historic tax credits and Neighborhood Preservation Act funding for the venture. The creating was slated for demolition till WHALE and the city stepped in to rescue it.

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Advancement Supervisor Ga McDonald shared that the undertaking is exceptional in that it is a deep power retrofit, meaning that the constructing envelope will be extremely insulated and the mechanical programs exceptionally energy successful.