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Lyman Terrace Wins Edson Award for HUD Preservation

Lyman Terrace Housing Development has been recognized with a 2021 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Preservation category. These Edson Awards recognize outstanding affordable housing developments and the organizations that have used the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) in an impactful way.

Lyman Terrace is a federal public housing development that was originally built in 1939 just blocks from the City Hall of Holyoke, MA. The 18 building, 167-unit housing development needed to undergo an upgrade including building renovations, site redevelopment, and public infrastructure upgrades. In 2014, developer The Community Builders was selected by the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) board to develop the new Lyman Terrace housing. As part of their on-call contract with HHA, Tighe & Bond provided assessment, design, permitting, and construction phase services associated with the redevelopment.

This work included the design of road improvements, new sidewalks, landscaping, and utility improvements for the project. Full-time construction observation services were provided throughout the completion of the infrastructure upgrades. In addition, Tighe & Bond assisted with the environmental assessment and review process associated with the demolition of the housing development. Since HHA utilized HUD funding for the demolition project, our environmental consulting experts prepared all documents needed for an environmental review record (ERR) under 24 CFR Part 58.

According to the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the effect of the housing redevelopment goes beyond the brick and mortar improvements. Residents can participate in programs such as a food pantry, job training, after-school education, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Lyman Terrace has also struck up partnerships with city organizations like the Parks and Recreation Department, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, and One Holyoke CDC.