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O’Connell Development Group Completes Adaptive Re-use of Chapin School Property, Chicopee MA

In partnership with Soldier On, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing and support to homeless veterans, O’Connell Development Group (ODG) converting the vacant Chapin Elementary School in Chicopee, MA into 43 affordable one-bedroom apartments, three of which are wheelchair accessible. These apartments are structured as a limited equity cooperative, meaning that the veterans who occupy them will be shareholders, and thus granted long-term leases and ownership interests.

As part of the project, ODG completed all work in accordance with the National Park Service standards for historic renovation. This allows for the use of state and federal tax credits to help finance the construction. To that end, ODG applied for and was granted additional tax credits designated for low-income housing.