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2014


Holly  Street Homes: 2 Two-Family Homes


This mixed-use building is Connecticut's first Energy Star Multifamily High Rise.


The "Gateway at 570" has 30 rental units and 5,500 sq. ft. of commercial space where BNT will continue delivering homeownership counselling, healthy homes remediation and creating and developing affordable housing.


2013

• 570 State Street

Architect Paul Bailey
Clerk of the Works Housing Development Team
Co-Developer Mutual Housing of Southwestern CT
Engineer Fuller Engineering and Survey
General Contractor Enterprise Builder
Social Service Provider Operation Hope

• 540 Gregory Street


• 99 Columbia


2012

South End Community Initiative (28 units)


Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust has embarked on a deep-targeted, long-term initiative to stabilize the city’s South End. While the City of Bridgeport reports that the South End shows the most promise for marked improvement due to its proximity to Downtown, and assets such as Seaside Park and the University of Bridgeport. An area recovering from a decades-long trend of disinvestment, abandonment, crime and deterioration, the housing crisis has left this neighborhood with a declining housing stock due to foreclosure and absentee-landlords. BNT has embraced this opportunity to reinvest in the south end community by rehabilitating distressed properties and providing high-quality, affordable rental housing for low-income families.

 

 

Lafayette St. Homes (12 units)

 

The units in the Lafayette Street Homes are “railroad-style” flats, 8 of which will be 3 bedroom units and 4 of which will be 2 bedroom units.The apartments will be available for rent by families earning less than 50% of the area median income (AMI).  By using Project Based Section 8 Vouchers from the Bridgeport Housing Authority, rents will be based on tenants paying a total housing cost of 30% of their income.


BNT will partner with Fairfield 08 and Alpha Community Services to be the support service provider for this development.

 

The total development costs for the project is $2,260,000 and has been funded by the City of Bridgeport HOME funds, the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, Community Capital Fund, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program, United Illuminating, and the Public Allies Connecticut - Bridgeport Team, class of 2010.

 

Clerk of the Works

Housing Development Team

Contractor      

Brown Construction

Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises – Green Team

Abcon Environmental

Legal Counsel

Stephen L. Litchman

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Columbia Court (6 units)

 

Columbia Court homes are two three-family houses which will be rehabilitated into five 2-bedroom units and one 3-bedroom unit. Within walking distance to churches, schools, eateries, corner markets, GBTA bus lines, and within a half-mile of the Bridgeport train station, Columbia Court will provide affordable housing and support services to families in Bridgeport.

 

The apartments will be available for rent by families earning less than 50% of the area median income (AMI). These units will be self-subsidized by BNT and rents will be based on tenants paying a total housing cost of 30% of their income.

 

The total development costs for the project is $576,134 and has been funded by the City of Bridgeport Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Citizen’s Bank, HUD Lead Elimination Action Program, and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program

 

Clerk of the Works

Regional Housing Rehabilitation Institute

Contractor      

TLC Services, LLC

Camelot Development, LLC

Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises Inc. (Green Team)

CPM Environmental, LLC

Gulick Building & Development

 

Legal Counsel

Stephen L. Litchman

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2011

Holly Street Homes (2 Two-Family Homes)

 

Today the term "green house" describes more than a paint color or a plant nursery; it defines a house constructed with energy conservation and environmental conscience. Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust is proud to be developing Bridgeport's first green affordable homes. Located on Holly Street, the two new duplexes will demonstrate cost effective and replicable construction practices, such as the use of low-volatile organic compound paints, sealers, carpet, and flooring. The homes will also include Energy Star lighting packages and appliances, rain barrels, formaldehyde-free cabinets and casework, and low E/Argon-filled insulated windows. While these green features do require some upfront investment, for the environment and for the wallet, by reducing energy costs, the improvements are expected to pay for themselves within a five-year period.


Overall, these homes will conserve energy and water, reduce harmful green house gas emissions, and decrease waste sent to landfills. Compared to their less environmentally-friendly counterparts, they will have lower operating costs and increased asset value. With such green merits, the project has earned an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council. - a nationally accepted benchmark indicating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live or work.


The total development cost of this project exceeds one million dollars. BNT has secured funding from the State of Connecticut, the Department of Economic & Community Development, the City of Bridgeport, and United Illuminating.


When complete, these green homes will be sold to families that earn less than 80% of the area median income (AMI) for Bridgeport.  If you think you may qualify and would like to learn more, please contact Elizabeth Torres at Elizabeth@bntweb.org or at (203) 332-7977.

 

Architect Zared Architects

Clerk of the Works

Housing Development Team
Legal Counsel Stephen L. Litchman

Holly  Street Homes: 2 Two-Family Homes

 

Bell Street (8 units)

 

Through a gracious donation by Bridgeport Hospital in September 2011, BNT acquired a 4-unit building and vacant lot in the East End of Bridgeport. BNT is performing moderate rehab to the two 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom units and will apartments to low-income families.

 

In addition, BNT intends to build 4 units on the existing adjacent vacant lot, connecting these two properties and brightening the street with added investment. Within walking distance to churches, schools, eateries, corner markets, and GBTA bus lines, Bell Street is located conveniently near major employers in both manufacturing and health care.

 

The total development cost for Bell Street is $1,148,138.

 

Architect Zared Architects
Clerk of the Work Housing Development Team

Contractor

Camelot Development

Legal Counsel Stephen L. Litchman

 


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The Villas (10 units)

 

The Villas are a ten-unit cooperative that is fully occupied, providing 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom apartments to accommodate larger families, an underserved market Bridgeport. Located just a stone’s throw away from Columbia Court and BNT’s community garden, the Villas provide both self-subsidized and Project-Based Section 8 apartments to low-income families.

 

Managed by BNT for the past 5 years, BNT has secured funding to acquire the Villas and perform light rehab work to upgrade these occupied units. In addition, the Villas are included in BNT’s plan to provide new security lighting and professional landscaping to all its South End properties, helping to stabilize and beautify this corner of the South End.

 

The total development cost for the Villas is $495,425 and has been funded by Community Capital Fund and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Housing Tax Credit Contribution program.

 

Clerk of the Works

Regional Housing Rehabilitation Institute

Contractor      

Brown Construction

Legal Counsel

Stephen L. Litchman

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Holly  Street Homes: 2 Two-Family Homes


One of BNT’s most exciting projects is the new construction of a 30-unit, mixed use residential and commercial project in downtown Bridgeport. This project includes 10 units set aside for permanent housing for the homeless or at risk of being homeless, and will include on-site services for these tenants. The remaining 20 units will be a mix of affordable and market rate rental apartments.


Coming Soon:

515 West Avenue

Holly  Street Homes: 2 Two-Family Homes


Pequonnock Replacement Program: 60 Rental Units

 

Scattered site public housing fulfills an important function in Bridgeport: providing subsidized housing options in a neighborhood setting. As the City’s preferred developer for the Pequonnock Replacement program, BNT developed 60 new units of affordable housing for families receiving public housing assistance. The Replacement Program was initiated by CT Legal Services after the demolition of the aging complex Pequonnock Apartments left Bridgeport in need of more public housing.


In partnership with the City, the Bridgeport Housing Authority and Connecticut Legal Services, BNT is proud to announce that all 60 units of the Pequonnock replacement program have been identified, and all but 12 are complete or in construction. These units were developed in three phases.


Phase I:  This phase consisted of 23 units scattered throughout the City of Bridgeport.  Eleven units were newly constructed and twelve were rehabbed to like-new condition. The total development costs of this phase exceeded $7,000,000.  Funding was provided by the State of Connecticut, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the City of Bridgeport, and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.


Phase II:  This phase included the acquisition and subsequent turnkey of 27 units located on Hanover/Norman Street in Bridgeport, CT and was funded by the City of Bridgeport.

 

Phase III:  This phase represents the last phase of the Pequonnock Replacement Program and consists of 10 units located at 212 Maplewood Ave. and 547 Brooks St.  These units will be renovated to like new condition.  The total development cost of the phase exceeds $1,800,000 and is funded by the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, the City of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and United Illuminating.  Construction has begun and these units are expected to be complete before the end of the 2010.

 

Architect David Barbour Architects
Clerk of the Works

Housing Development Team

The Management Team

Contractor      

Daley Construction

Brown Construction

UI Roofing

Legal Counsel

Stephen L. Litchman

Stephen Mednick

 

 

2008


Barnum Avenue

 

Impressive in design and history, the Victorian Gothic Villa at 101 Barnum Avenue has endured its share of hardships. Constructed in 1853 on the banks of the Pequonnock River, the house was moved to its current location in 1890. Decades later, significant damage by fire and water left the property blighted and in dire need of rehabilitation. BNT, in collaboration with Mutual Housing Association, renovated this East side treasure into four units. Exterior renovations included restorations that replicated the original design for the porch and front entries.  The molding and trim for the exterior doors and windows were also restored - repairs that have significantly enhanced the curb appeal of the building and helped to build neighborhood stability.  The homes themselves each have an efficient, compact floor plan, plus an unfinished basement level for utilities and storage.


With a total development cost of more than $1 million, the 101 Barnum Avenue project received support from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Development, the City of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and the Connecticut CDFI Alliance. 

 

Architect Jim Evans Associates
Contractor Brown Construction

 

 

2007


35 Alex Street

Bridgeport resident Bernadette White won the lottery. Her reward - not a monetary sum - but a life changing opportunity: a chance to purchase the brand new house at 35 Alex Street and make it her own.


Built in collaboration with BNT and the Fairfield County Housing Partnership, this 3 bedroom single family house was designed to create a sense of "home." Its features include exposure to light, a street-side "formal" entrance and a rear, private "family" entrance, convenient off-street parking, a fenced-in yard, 2.5 baths, a full kitchen with oak cabinets, a laundry room, a deck and a full basement, Kohler fixtures, and Mohawk carpet.


Priced at only $180,000, a random lottery to choose the home's potential owner was held on September 10, 2007. To qualify, applicants had to be Bridgeport residents and first-time homebuyers. Additionally, applicants had to have completed a homebuyer education program, be pre-qualified for a mortgage, and have income that did not exceed 80% of the AMI. The total development cost of this home exceeded $300,000 and was supported by the City of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Housing and Investment Fund, and Community Capital Fund.

 

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1994 - 2001


BNT completed fifteen homes (22 units) for low-income families leveraging over $2M of public and private financing through its Homeownership Initiative Program (HIP). Below is a list of each property.

Address

Number of Units

Completed

201 Norman 2 3/94
841 Iranistan Ave 2 3/94
81 Fremont St 2 10/94
297 Hanover St 1 2/95
235 Hanover St 2 8/95
1044 State St 1 7/96
1052 State St 1 7/96
283 Hanover St 1 8/96
1060 State St 1 12/96
1054 State St 1 12/96
273 Hanover St 2 6/97
257 Hanover St 1 7/98
170 Black Rock Ave 2 9/98
285 Hanover Street 1 6/99
140 Black Rock Ave 2 5/01

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