Chicopee’s Kendall Building converted into affordable housing units


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Newly renovated affordable housing units will soon be available for rent in downtown Chicopee.

The Valley Opportunity Council took over the Kendall Building on Springfield Street from HAPHousing last year. The building was home to Quicky’s, a longtime wings and ribs restaurant, which closed its doors in August 2016 to make room for the affordable housing units.

The three-story building was gutted and now boasts 40 studio-style apartments, which will be available for rent in August.

“This is for folks who are down on their luck, who need a place to stay to get back on their feet. Or people who need a living residence, affordable residence,” said Steve Huntley, the executive director of the Valley Opportunity Council.

The Valley Opportunity Council already owns or manages 250 units of affordable housing in Holyoke and Chicopee. The Kendall Building is their most ambitious project yet.

The renovation project was state and federally funded.Related: 

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