Historic South End Apartments (HSEA), Boston, MA

Historic South End Apartments (HSEA), Boston, MA

Scope
Renovation
32 buildings

In 2013, an extensive rehabilitation was needed for the HSEA buildings as they were approaching the 150-year mark. This involved bringing the 32 buildings up to modern standards while retaining their original historic character and integrity, as well as ensuring affordability for the 146 families that are long-term residents.

The rehabilitation included new kitchens, bathrooms and finishes for all units and common areas, extensive masonry restoration; updated HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and life safety systems, new roofing, and the replacement of over 850 windows with new historic wood sashes. The scope also entailed handicap accessibility and code requirements. Several components of the renovation were subject to design approval processes with committees such as National Park Services, Massachusetts Historical Society, and the South End Landmark District Commission.

The project was financed by 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit and State and Federal Historic Tax Credit equity provided by the National Affordable Housing Trust and XL Insurance Group. Working closely in tandem with residents and neighbors, we were able to successfully phase construction on all 32 buildings, causing the least amount of disruption to the families living in the units.