East End Neighborhood

South End Neighborhood

 

East End Community Initiative

 

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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State Street Homes (30 units)

 

The proposed 570 State Street development is located on the western edge of Downtown Bridgeport and is in a transitional neighborhood which is currently seeing several development proposals for residential office and commercial uses.   The development will revitalize the existing neighborhood and provide needed improvements to the neighborhood and be a cornerstone development on the western edge of Downtown Bridgeport in an area with existing well established Infrastructure.

 

This proposed development will be a truly mixed income development providing market rentals as well as affordable and supportive rentals.  The building itself consists of 30 one-bedroom units with various ancillary uses on the first floor which consist of property management offices, support services offices and counseling space, a security room, Landry facility and a community and conference room.  The building is a stately 4 story building with a mansard to create additional architectural design and hide various HVAC equipment located on the roof.  The building fronts both State and West Street and has been designed to have a dual façade on both streets with the use of brick on these elevations to exemplify its design in the urban environment.  The building will be fully sprinklered, include an elevator and have an interior and exterior camera system.

 

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

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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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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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