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Central Annex/Union Court

333 North Street
Pittsfield, MA
  • Central Annex Exterior and grounds
  • Canal Bluffs close up of central annex entrance
  • central annex close up of architectural details, windows
  • interior skylight
  • building exterior and commercial space
  • interior hallway
  • exterior windows and details
  • unit living room
Deal Type: 
Acquisition/Rehab
Year Built: 
1896
Acquisition Date: 
2007
Last Renovation: 
2015
Number of Units: 
101
Tenancy: 
Senior/Family

The Central Annex and Union Court buildings, originally built as a high school and a hotel respectively, were combined to create 101 subsidized housing units for families, seniors, and disabled residents in 1980. The two sites are located a half mile from each other within walking distance to downtown Pittsfield, shopping, city offices and other amenities.

In 2013, POAH undertook a refinancing, working closely with MassHousing to develop a transfer protocol with terms friendly to a non-profit purchaser, while extending the deep affordability at the property for the long-term. All of the units are covered by a project- based Section 8 contract, which POAH worked with HUD to extend for nearly 30 years. POAH’s financing package allowed significant and necessary improvements to both properties, including accessibility improvements, a complete domestic water piping replacement, new roofs, common area improvements, a new fully accessible management office and notably, a glass skylight system to help protect the courtyard at Central Annex.

The Union Court Apartments on North Street, just a few minutes from Central Annex includes 39 apartments and 5 storefront retail spaces that are occupied by POAH’s property management company and local businesses.

Videos

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Project Partners

  • MassHousing
  • Prudential Social Investment Fund
  • Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Mercy Loan Fund
  • Guzman Prufer Architects Inc
  • Keith Construction, Inc