Framingham, MA Members of multi-market general contractor Delphi Construction gathered with representatives from Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), MassHousing, city, and state government officials and members of the community for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Tribune Apartments Renovations.
Tribune Apartments are a 53-unit, affordable housing development. The units are housed in what was two separate buildings, The Tribune Building, and the Victory Building. The Tribune building was originally built in 1890 and housed the Framingham Tribune Newspaper. While the Victory building was not built until the early 1900s. In 1982, both buildings were converted into their current use of affordable housing for disabled adults and senior citizens. POAH acquired the property in 2013, with plans to make significant repairs and renovations, and invited Delphi to complete the rehabilitation.
Delphi Construction chief operating officer, Keith Shaw said, “We appreciated the opportunity to work once again with our client, POAH. We are pleased that our team was able to play a role in delivering a final product that was meet with such enthusiasm and one which will bring benefit to the residents and the larger community of Framingham.”
The scope of work completed by Delphi on Tribune Apartments includes the full renovation of 53 units, interior common areas, exterior repairs, and site work. Tribune Apartments vary in size from studio units to 2 bedroom apartments. Included in the total number of units are 3 handicapped accessible units. All units and common areas received electrical upgrades, as well as a new fire alarm and fire suppression systems. In the common areas, new compliant handrails in the stairwells have been installed.
Exterior renovations include new windows, masonry repair, roof replacement and entry doors. The site work consists of new ADA ramp, sidewalks, curbing and asphalt patching.
Project owner, POAH organized the ribbon cutting ceremony. Charlie Dirac project manager for POAH orchestrated the program. Excitement for the community and the completion of the project was shared by Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO of POAH; Wade Blackman from the office of congresswoman Katherine Clark; senator Karen Spilka; representative Jack Lewis; Tom Lyons, acting executive director of MassHousing; Roger Herzog, executive director of Community Economic Development Assistance Corp.; Joe Flatley, president and CEO of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp.; mayor elect of the city, Yvonne Spicer; and resident of Tribune Apartments Samuel Salguero.