TILL wins 2009 J. Timothy Anderson Award

Boston, MA, November 3, 2009-
The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) recently presented its 2009 J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation to ten outstanding historic rehabilitation projects throughout the United States. The Toward Independent Living & Learning (TILL) Building in Chelsea, MA was awarded first place in the Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Large category. The “Timmy Awards” were created to honor outstanding real estate projects that involve rehabilitation of old, historic buildings using the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.

The TILL Building in Chelsea is a successful model of a cooperative design and development process. The historic adaptive reuse transformed an abandoned furniture warehouse, built shortly after the Chelsea Fire of 1908, into an attractive integration of residential, community and retail space. The space includes 23-units of much needed affordable housing, two of which are fully handicapped accessible, a catering service, a storefront café and a fitness and rehabilitation center.

Scoring for the “Timmy Awards” was based on design, quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, financial and market success, and impact on the community. The TILL building represents not only a successful collaboration of the design and development team and the neighborhood, but also a successful restoration to usefulness of a former commercial building which had long outlived its usefulness.