For Immediate Release - June 19, 2017

DHCD Undersecretary Kornegay Joins Local Officials to Celebrate Completion of Island Creek Village North

Island Creek Village North brings 214 new units of housing to Duxbury

Duxbury, MA – June 19, 2017 – Today, Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Chrystal Kornegay joined state and local officials in Duxbury to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the second phase of Island Creek Village North.

The second phase is a 214-unit, mixed-income development. Funding builds on previous support for phase one completed in 2015. Together, the two phases include 94 age-restricted apartments for residents 55 and older that feature supportive resident services, and significant affordable housing opportunities, with 143 income-restricted housing units.

Undersecretary Kornegay joined Congressman Bill Keating, State Senator Patrick O’Connor, State Representative Josh Cutler, Town Manager Rene Reed, MassHousing officials and Beacon Communities to celebrate the occasion. In 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $4 million in state and local tax credits to support the second phase of the development, with additional financing provided by MassHousing and the Town of Duxbury.

“Older adults are the fastest growing segment of our population, and ensuring we create ample housing opportunities, tailored to the needs of each community, is a high-priority for us,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. “Today in Duxbury, we’re celebrating a development that provides for the varied needs of this community, with units that are affordable to families and seniors, and features services that will help our older adults age in community successfully.”

“Affordable housing in our area is always at a premium, especially for our seniors,”said Congressman Bill Keating.  “I applaud the collaborative efforts put forth by the Town of Duxbury, the Commonwealth, and our private-sector partners to provide new opportunity for those in my district who need it most.”

“The completion of more than 200 new units of mixed-income housing for senior citizens and families is exciting news for the town of Duxbury and the many residents living at Island Creek Village,” said MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan. “MassHousing has a long relationship with the development of Island Creek and we were pleased to partner again with Beacon Communities to help create this important housing resource for the community.’’

“The Town of Duxbury is very excited about the Island Creek Village North project,”said Duxbury Town Manager René Read. “We welcome all of the new residents to the community and are very pleased that Island Creek and Duxbury will be the place they call home.”

“The Island Creek Village is a clear sign of Duxbury’s commitment to providing affordable and senior housing options,” said State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “This development will serve the Town of Duxbury well while providing comfortable housing for seniors and families. This is a great example of local and state collaboration to address the housing needs of the community.”

“Island Creek Village North is an important housing resource in a wonderful town,”said Pam Goodman, CEO of Beacon Communities. “We thank the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Town of Duxbury, our lenders and investors, our development team, and the multiple local, state, and federal leaders and agencies who made this community possible.”

In April, Governor Baker filed a housing bond bill seeking $1.287 billion in additional capital authorization to advance the administration’s commitment to affordable housing. Last May, the administration unveiled a 5-year capital budget plan that includes a $1.1 billion commitment to increasing housing production, an 18 percent funding increase over previous funding levels. The $1.1 billion capital commitment provides for significant expansions in state support for mixed-income housing production, public housing modernization, and affordable housing preservation. The housing bond bill filed today provides the authorization to fully fund this capital expansion.

In addition, the administration and MassHousing have committed a separate $100 million to support the construction of 1,000 new workforce housing units.

Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has provided direct funding to create and preserve over 3,500 units of affordable housing across Massachusetts.