Beulah Land Development Corporation, HELP USA, and Spiritos Properties Break Ground on Cornerstone Revitalization Project in Dixwell Section of New Haven that is among the First Tax Credit Projects in the USA to Use Mass Timber
(August 4, 2022) New Haven, Connecticut – Beulah Land Development Corporation, national housing nonprofit HELP USA, and mass timber developer Spiritos Properties will break ground on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 on a new housing development that will transform the prominent intersection at Dixwell and Orchard Streets in New Haven into quality, affordable homes. When construction is completed in the Spring of 2023, the four-story building will comprise 69 units; 55 will be for low-to-moderate income families, 20 which will be reserved for those experiencing homelessness.
“Dixwell is one of Connecticut’s largest and oldest African American neighborhoods. These new homes will be a cornerstone to our revitalization of this area and stand as a testament to our principles of investing and reinvesting in projects that cultivate Black generational sustainable wealth,” said Darrell Brooks, Chief Operating Officer at Beulah Land Development Corporation. “At Beulah, we keep the values of the community at the forefront and are committed to opening doors to homeownership, creating job opportunities, and fostering economic development. This project does all of that.”
The project is the culmination of years of planning with the support of the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut. Once completed, the mix-used complex will offer much-needed quality housing at deeply affordable rates and street-level retail space to anchor economic development.
“This will be a landmark day for HELP USA as we begin construction on our first project in New Haven,” said David Cleghorn, Chief Housing Officer at HELP USA. “The first shovel in the ground is a celebration of a ten-year collaboration between public-private partners committed to building better lives for the people most in need of assistance.”
The mixed-use complex will integrate Mass Timber structural systems, speeding construction, improving longevity, reducing waste, and offering overall energy efficiency. Mass Timber construction is a process that eschews traditional concrete and steel in favor of cross-laminated wood. Walls and floors are prefabricated from layers of wood in a factory and then shipped to the site. These panels provide the
the structural component of the building as well as the interior finishes.
Jeff Spiritos, Principal at Spiritos Properties, said, “Our firm is excited to be part of the development team for 340+ Dixwell and build the first LIHTC project in the country using Mass Timber Construction. Mass Timber is an ideal structural system for affordable housing, and it promises more durable homes using renewable resources; leading to a less-expensive, longer lasting, greener housing future.”
The project will employ Passive House design principles, achieving thermal comfort to a maximum extent through measures such as insulation, heat recovery, and the use of internal heat sources. It will incorporate natural materials throughout the building interior, reduce its embodied and operational carbon footprint, and serve as a model to broaden the social, health, and economic potential of affordable housing construction. This development is Zero Energy Building (ZEB) ready and will significantly reduce its primary energy usage.
Funding partners for this project include TD Bank, National Equity Fund, Community Preservation Corporation, Connecticut Department of Housing, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, City of New Haven (Livable Cities Initiative, LCI), and Department of Economic and Community Development.
The project development team includes Beulah Land Development Corp, HELP USA, Spiritos Properties, Schadler Selnau Associates, Gray Organschi Architecture, and LaRosa Building Group, LLC.
About Beulah Land Development Corporation
Established in 1994, Beulah Land Development Corporation is a Faith-Based nonprofit organization created to develop affordable housing for low-to-moderate-income individuals in the city of New Haven. To learn more, visit us at www.beulahlanddevcorp.org.
About HELP USA
HELP USA is one of the nation’s largest homeless service providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations, including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. HELP USA currently serves more than 8,000 people every day at over 50 programs and residences across five states.
Since its founding in 1986, HELP USA has served more than 500,000 men, women, and children and developed more than 2,500 units of housing. www.helpusa.org