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POUA Dedicates Harbor Place in Haverhill with Ribbon Cutting

POUA recently held a ribbon cutting in Haverhill for Harbor Place, which includes 80 units of mixed-income housing, a 5-story commercial building, a new public plaza, and a grand boardwalk that allows pedestrian access to the Merrimack River from the downtown for the first time in over 80 years. The commercial building houses HC Media, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Pentucket Bank’s corporate headquarters, and office space for rent at the penthouse level. The Planning Office and its partner on Harbor Place, The Greater Haverhill Foundation, were joined by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley O.F.M. Cap., Secretary Jay Ash of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Mayor James Fiorentini, and Brian S. Dempsey, Former Chair of House Committee on Ways and Means. Click here to watch video from the event.... read more here.


POUA Celebrates Groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments in Hanover

POUA recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments on the grounds of the Cardinal Cushing Centers Community in Hanover, along with Cardinal Seán O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. The development converts a former dormitory building into 37 units of mixed-income housing, serving a range of residents, from low-income households with special needs to moderate-income families.... read more here.


Women of the Church Discuss Social Justice

Deirdre Houtmeyers, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Lisa Alberghini, POUA President, Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ, Coordinator of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Debbie Rambo, President of Catholic Charities Boston, and Ann Carter, Moderator, discuss social justice in anticipation of the Archdiocesan Justice Convocation. Watch video from the Facebook stream here!

For more information on social justice and the Convocation click here.... read more here.


POUA & CICD’s Cote Village Receives Funding

We are so thankful for the support of Governor Charlie Baker, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Mayor Marty Walsh for their support and funding for Cote Village in Mattapan, our development with Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD). Thank you to Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and MA delegation for their support of this project and affordable housing across the state. Click here for more information on all projects that received funding.... read more here.


Update: Kennedy Apartments in Hanover

POUA began construction on Kennedy Apartments, which includes 37 units of Special Needs and Affordable Housing in Hanover. We are partnering with Cardinal Cushing Center on the project, converting a building on their campus into housing.... read more here.


POUA Honors Anne Finucane at Spring Celebration

Thank you to all of our supporters for making our Spring Celebration, honoring Anne Finucane, a wonderful and successful event. The event included remarks from Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman of Bank of America; Father J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Social Service and Health Care for the Archdiocese; Vicar General Bishop Peter J. Uglietto; and POUA President Lisa Alberghini. Thank you to all those who participated in the program, to the choir at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton for starting off the evening, to our guests, to our sponsors (found here), and to our event committee, who worked to hard to make the celebration a success: Maria Barry, Mike Binette, Paul Bouton, Karen Fish-Will, Melissa Fish-Crane, Mike Fish, Kevin Leary, Gene Miller, and Joe Rettman. We were especially pleased to have Monsignor Michael F. Groden in attendance, who founded the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, and has done such great work in the name of social justice.

To watch video footage from the event, click here. All event photos can be found here. Video & photo credit: George Martell. ... read more here.


Uphams Crossing Wins 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award

POUA was thrilled to receive the 2017 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award from Preservation Massachusetts at their annual Paul and Niki Tsongas Awards Dinner on May 10th. It is such an honor to receive this award for a project Mayor Menino was a huge part of. See video on Uphams Crossing from the event, below.


Photo credit: Albie Colantonio Photography for Preservation Massachusetts ... read more here.


Harbor Place Helps Transform Downtown Haverhill

The Banker & Tradesman recently published an article on the transformation of downtown Haverhill, due in part to POUA and Greater Haverhill Foundation's work on Harbor Place, a development at the site of the vacant former Woolworth building. The project includes market rate housing, a new headquarters for Pentucket Bank, and a satellite campus for UMass Lowell, with the support of Chairman Brian Dempsey, who helped garner $45 million in state funding for the project. Read the full article here.... read more here.


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