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Ribbon Cutting at St. Joseph Hall Held on December 5

Front Row, l-r:  Jennifer Van Campen, Executive Director Metro West CD; Roger Herzog of CEDAC (Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation); Watertown Town Manager Mike Driscoll; Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary of the MA Department of Housi
Front Row, l-r: Jennifer Van Campen, Executive Director Metro West CD; Roger Herzog of CEDAC (Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation); Watertown Town Manager Mike Driscoll; Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary of the MA Department of Housi

WATERTOWN, December, 2013— Thanks in part to a $3.2 million bond purchase by Watertown Savings Bank (WSB), the non-profit Metro West Collaborative Development has purchased and is renovating St. Joseph Hall, a senior housing community located at 2 Rosary Drive, Watertown.  The project began in August, 2013, and is slated to be completed by December 31, 2013.  A ribbon-cutting took place on December 5th. 

In an effort to keep the property safe and comfortable for occupants, Metro West CD (formerly Watertown Community Housing) is upgrading the 25 affordable senior housing units by adding new kitchens, historically accurate windows, and more handicap-accessible features such as walk-in showers.

Metro West CD Executive Director Jennifer Van Campen explains that the Dominican Sisters of Peace decided to sell the building, which they had developed into senior housing in the late 1980s.  The Metro West CD saw this facility as an important resource to the town of Watertown and decided to get involved and become the project sponsor.

“There are 25 units; we work on six apartments for three weeks at a time.  The current tenants are relocated during that time either in local hotels or with family or friends.  Once they return, they have a beautifully, remodeled unit,” says Van Campen.  “The Bank was able to utilize tax exempt bonds from Mass Development to provide the capital for the project.  Without WSB’s involvement this project may not have been possible.  The bond will be paid back through a combination of government grants and the rental income.”

“The Bank is thrilled to partner with Metro West CD on this project,” says Torey Dean, WSB Senior Vice President.  It was a unique opportunity to help renovate and preserve 25 affordable units within the community.”

The project’s architects are Elton & Hampton Architects and the development work is being completed by Curtis Construction.  St. Joseph Hall is the site of the former Rosary Academy High School, and most recently, the Rosary Academy pre-school (and now Pe-tits Bouts French preschool).  Part of the same complex is the Siena Village townhouses. 

For more information, please contact Robyn at Metro West CD at 617-923-3505 x5.  




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