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Concord senior housing to get $6.7m makeover

Dorm-like units to be eliminated

By Betsy Levinson
Globe Correspondent / March 18, 2012
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A $6.7 million renovation is underway at the Peter Bulkeley Terrace in Concord, a complex for low-income seniors run by the Concord Housing Authority.

The original congregate housing at Peter Bulkeley did not attract enough tenants with its dorm-like arrangement of bedrooms off common living areas on each of three floors. The former school, built in 1912, had also fallen into disrepair.

The modernized Peter Bulkeley Terrace will have one studio and 23 one-bedroom apartments, said Mary Johnson, chairwoman of the Housing Authority’s board. It will include four handicapped-accessible units.

Housing Authority director Judi Lincicum said the project is receiving $3 million from the state Department of Housing and Community Development; $1 million each from the Community Preservation Act and the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Trust Fund; $1.5 million from the sale of Belknap House, a former housing facility for the elderly and disabled on Main Street that was bought by Concord Academy; and donations from the Concord Housing Development Corporation and the Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

“This public-private partnership using both state and local funding is at the heart of what we, as housing providers, find most rewarding about our work,’’ said Lincicum.

The project kicked off last month at the Stow Street site and will be finished late this year, Lincicum said.

Arthur Jemison, assistant undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development, said he was glad to lend the support of the Patrick administration to the project.

He said the “dorm-like’’ configuration was not popular enough to maintain. “It became tough to occupy,’’ he said.

But the funding for the redevelopment pulled together by the town’s housing agency, he said, “shows a lasting commitment.’’

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

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