Hyacinth Place Grand Opening
Hyacinth Place provides 37 efficiency, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments to people making 50% and 60% of the area median income. The project includes the adaptive reuse of the former St. Hyacinth school and convent, as well as the construction of a new building that includes a community room for use by both residents of Hyacinth and the adjacent Steeple Square, as well as outside community organizations.
As part of the renovation, Avesta also revitalized the adjacent green space, adding a jogging path, benches, new swings and soccer goals. The field is also being considered for Little League games and community gardens.
Housing is often found to be an ideal way to adaptively reuse historical buildings, and affordable housing in particular is highly viable because it brings together various available financing mechanisms such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and state and federal historic tax credits.
The reuse of St. Hyacinth provides several key public benefits: