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Coleman House Renovation

A comprehensive rehabilitation and preservation of 2Life’s Coleman House I and II

Coleman House I and II provide affordable housing and supportive services to 144 low income older adult households in Newton Ma.  Coleman I was built in 1984 under the HUD 202 program and has 99 1-bedroom apartments with Section 8 contracts for seniors at or below 50% of the area median income and one rent free 2-bedroom manager unit. Coleman II was built in 1998 as an addition under the HUD 202 Capital Advance Program and with a $200,000 CDBG grant. Coleman II has 45 1-bedroom apartments supported by Section 8 PRAC contracts for seniors at or below 50% of the area median income and one rent free 1-bedroom manager unit.

The proposed comprehensive rehabilitation and preservation of 2Life’s Coleman House I and II will be the fourth major modernization of 2Life’s older 202 portfolio in the past five years which gives us a depth of experience and strong track record in successful occupied rehabilitation and preservation projects. 

Coleman I was refinanced in 2018 and 2Life set aside funds for rehabilitation and preservation. As a non-profit, 2Life is investing these funds back into the property not just for capital improvements but also, as the long-term operators, to meet the highest possible sustainability standards and redesign the apartments for enhanced adaptability, above and beyond what is typical in the rehabilitation of 30+ year old brick buildings.

The scope will include:

  • Reconfiguring the apartments to meet 2Life’s adaptable design standards and accessibility requirements
  • Life-cycle investment to preserve building systems (masonry, roof, windows, HVAC, electrical and plumbing)
  • Redesign of the program spaces to serve as a village center for residents
  • Enterprise Green Communities sustainability standards

The project has a high level of readiness to proceed. Perkins Eastman has been selected as the architect and construction drawings are projected to be complete in Winter 2021. Dellbrook JKS has been selected as the contractor and HOU has been selected as the relocation specialist. The project is anticipated to start construction in Spring 2021 and with an estimated 18 month duration will conclude in the Fall of 2022.