Completed Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Communities
In September 2017, Soldier On opened 51 permanent housing units in the newly renovated former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy at 702 S. Westfield Street in Feeding Hills, MA. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave oven, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. In 2009, State Representative Rosemary Sandlin and Senator Stephen Buoniconti filed legislations to allow Soldier On to acquire the site for the development of affordable housing. The property was transferred to Soldier On in July 2010. The project is financed through state funding and includes low income housing tax credits.Click here to download the Application for Agawam
O’Connell Construction renovated the former Chapin School at 40 Meadow Street in Chicopee, MA into 43 units of veterans housing run by Soldier On. The project was completed in August 2016. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave oven, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Click here to download the Application for Chicopee
Northampton “Leeds”, MA
Soldier On built 44 permanent ownership units on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds, MA. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs on this project and utilization of financing through the VA’s VAi2 Innovation Initiative. The project features highly effective modular construction and are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave open, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Occupancy of the 44-unit cooperative began in August 2016. Click here to download Application for Leeds
Soldier On built, the first-of-its-kind, award winning Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community is a national model for providing homeownership to veterans. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a oven stove, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Occupancy of the 39-unit cooperative began in October 2010. Click here to download Application for Pittsfield
Permanent Housing Projects in Development
Soldier On and Beacon Cmmmunities are working together on developing a 68-unit project in Albany County, New York. The project which will house both men and women veterans, was recently changed from 70 to 68 units to accommodate the site layout. Beacon Communities is working closely with the Village to ensure the design and site plan will meet development approvals. Beacon Communities has also applied for tax credits in the Spring/Summer 2020 Affordable Housing funding round through New York State’s Home and Community Renewal.
Tinton Falls, NJ
The project site is located on along Essex Road in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The property is near Seabrook Village, a large retirement community on Essex Road. Soldier On, along with development partner WinnCompanies and Bank of America are preparing the funding closing with New Jersey Housing and Finance. The single-structure, 4-story design will provide housing for 70 men and women at-risk veteran.
After looking at many places that weren’t quite right, Tinton Falls Mayor Gerry Turning, Council President Gary Baldwin and their municipal colleagues found the 12.59-acre site close to Seabrook Village. It needed to have enough land and a welcoming setting while having access to resources for residents. This is the perfect setting for a first-class facility to provide the high-quality services our veterans need and deserve. The lease to the land was signed in 2016. Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning said the land was donated to the borough for $1.
In addition, the Borough of Tinton Falls recently assigned the property an address of 275 Essex Road. Site work is scheduled to begin August 2020.
The property address is 402 West Housatonic street, Pittsfield, MA. The property includes 1.6-acres of land located on the north side of west Housatonic St., just west of the driveway to the Soldier On Veteran’s Village residential housing project.
The project calls for demolition of the existing house, shed and garage and construction of a new 2-story, 14-unit residential building for women Veterans. The building will be constructed in the same general location as the existing house. The new building will feature the following:
- Fourteen (14) one bedroom units ranging in size from 450 – 495 square feet
- Two-story building with accessible lift to the second floor
- Ground Floor units with individual access from the exterior
- Common Laundry Room with internal access
- Visitor Toilet Room
- Total Building Area 8,850 square feet
A new sidewalk will connect the project with the adjacent Veteran’s village project located at 360 West Housatonic Street.
Support services will be provided by current Soldier On staff.
The proposed building is intended to be a two-story structure with a sloped roof. The overall building height and roof slopes are like the structures located on the adjacent Gordon Mansfield Veterans Village. Offsets in the building footprint and changes in projections from the first to second floor provides both visual interest as well an opportunity for distinct covered entrance locations. Exterior materials were selected for compatibility with the adjacent property and long-term durability. The materials generally include architectural asphalt roof shingles, fiber cement plank siding, vinyl windows and composite Trim.