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NORTHAMPTON — Plans to redevelop a former nursing home on Bridge Road into 60 affordable apartments cleared two significant milestones in recent weeks, when Valley Community Development won approval from the city’s Planning Board to move ahead with the $27 million project and the state agreed to send $830,000 to remove asbestos from the old building.
Clearing these hurdles will enable the Northampton nonprofit to hire a company to begin removing a “very significant amount of material with asbestos” from the former Northampton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 737 Bridge Road, while at the same time seeking other financing from the state for the multimillion dollar project, said Laura Baker, real estate development director at Valley CDC.
At the height of Covid-19, the need for social distancing threatened the congregate model of shelter housing, requiring an emergency solution to house those most impacted by the health crisis. Hotel and motel properties have long been the fallback for crowded shelters, but during the pandemic, the idea of adaptive reuse projects to convert vacant and underused motel properties into dignified housing solutions was born.
These motel conversions — from the urban core in Brockton to rural Hampshire and Berkshire Counties — now are becoming an important long-term solution for people facing homelessness who need supportive services where they live. That’s a welcome development by all those who work collaboratively to provide safe housing for at-risk populations across Massachusetts.