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Canal Bluffs

100 Harmony Hill Road
Bourne, MA 02532
  • Canal Bluffs outside seating area
  • Canal Bluffs building entrance
  • Canal Bluffs garden and seating area
  • Canal Bluffs bedroom
  • Canal Bluffs unit kitchen
  • Canal Bluffs community room and library
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New Construction
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Canal Bluffs was the first phase of a multi-phased residential community containing 28 units affordable to residents who earn 60% of the median area income.   Located within 1 mile of the Bourne Bridge, the property has easy access to commercial areas, shopping, employment centers and transportation.

In 2007, a Cape Cod-based nonprofit, Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), received a comprehensive permit to construct a three-phased residential community on the 17 acre parcel of land that had been slated for a high tech startup company.  After purchasing the site, the nonprofit was faced with an environmental hurdle; the parcel of land was now deemed an environmentally sensitive area due to its proximity to the Phinney Harbor watershed.

POAH acting in the capacity of co-developer with HAC, secured a Title V permit for the construction and operation of the first phase of the development called The Residences at Canal Bluffs.  The project was made possible by $ 4.8 million in 9% low income housing tax credit equity from the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and a first mortgage from MassHousing.

The completion of Canal Bluffs paved the way for a second phase, Clay Pond Cove which included the completion of the wastewater treatment plant that serves the whole Canal Bluffs residential community and the abutting retail shopping center.


Project Partners

  • MassHousing
  • Affordable Housing Trust
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Barnstable County HOME Consortium
  • Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Callahan, Inc

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