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Preservation of Affordable Housing, Sandwich Housing Authority, residents and partners cut ribbon at Sandwich affordable housing

November 18, 2021


Sandwich, MA – State Senator Susan Moran and State Representative Steven Xiaros joined nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Sandwich Housing Authority leadership, Sandwich Select Board members, partners and residents to cut the ribbon at Terrapin Ridge Apartments off Quaker Meetinghouse Road in Sandwich Thursday morning.

Terrapin Ridge Apartments is a new construction affordable senior and family housing community comprising 30 townhouses with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments. The 8 buildings that make up the site surround a central common, providing accessible outdoor green space to residents and each apartment has a patio or balcony. The 6-acre site was originally owned by the Sandwich Housing Authority.

"This project is the result of a partnership between state and local leaders with a common goal to provide affordable housing in the Cape. I am happy to join the Town of Sandwich for today's ribbon cutting and will continue to work on state funding to create more opportunities for affordable housing for families, seniors and young adults to work and live in the Plymouth and Barnstable district," said State Senator Susan L. Moran. 

POAH acquired Terrapin Ridge just prior to construction completion, avoiding costly delays and spearheaded the lease-up effort. The development is fully occupied.

“This affordable housing development, which was designed to reflect Cape Cod’s unique architecture and sense of community, will offer a very important housing option for present and future Sandwich residents,” said Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO of Preservation of Affordable Housing.

Located 1 mile from Route 6 and nearby public transit, Terrapin Ridge is close to shopping centers, recreation, and outdoor activities. On-site amenities include a community garden, playground, community building and laundry facilities.

“It's been a long road to get here, but we're so excited to see 30 new, beautiful affordable units added to Sandwich's housing inventory, said Sandwich Housing Authority Executive Director Paula Schnepp.  “We can't thank the town enough for the support they have given this project - administering grants, overseeing the development of the road and wastewater infrastructure, and most importantly, financial support through a very generous CPA grant.”

Project Partners

  • Town of Sandwich
  • Sandwich Housing Authority
  • Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation 
  • RBC Community Investments
  • Eastern Bank
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
  • Barnstable County HOME Consortium
  • Cape Cod 5
  • Dellbrook JKS
  • Catalyst Architects