Grand opening held for 70-unit apartment building in Northampton

Hampshire County

More affordable housing units are coming to the City of Northampton.  

LIVE 155 is a 70-unit apartment building, that’s a part of the Pleasant Street revitalization project. 

Wayfinders, formerly HapHousing, held a grand opening for its new $19.2 million affordable housing project. 

The development will house 23 market rate studio apartments at $900 a month and 47 affordable units; utilities included. 

The building is powered by solar panels. It provides residents with a laundry facility, a meeting room and 2600 square feet of retail space on the lower level.

Northampton received more than $3 million in state funding to improve crosswalks, intersections, and curb extensions.

“Right over you, down the street, another example the Lumber Yard that we have financing in,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. “And look just to our left, the infrastructure that’s being done. We’re directing more and more resources out here because we see more and more opportunity.”

All of the 43 people who lived at the former Northampton Lodging building were welcomed back, according to Way Finders President and CEO Peter Gagliardi. But only 10 are returning. 

Forty-three affordable units have already been claimed. 

Wayfinders hopes to start moving people in mid-May 1.

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