Advancing Affordable Housing
SV Design believes in the necessity of affordable housing in Massachusetts, especially on the North Shore. Recent changes in the real estate, and rental markets, along with the rise in the cost of living has highlighted the lack of affordable housing resources. SV Design has partnered with nonprofit developer, Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) on many projects to address this need. HCP has created hundreds of homes and has more in development to serve our community through affordable housing development, property management, resident services, advocacy, and education.
SV Design's founding principal, Thad Siemasko, stated, "We believe strongly that the richest communities are built with the contributions of people from all parts of the economic spectrum. Accordingly, providing proper housing for those most in need is an essential community responsibility. We're proud to partner with HCP and commend the cities and towns of the North Shore for their vital support of these badly needed projects." Together we work to further the mission of equitable and sustainable housing opportunities by designing functional and thoughtfully planned spaces.
Located just off Beverly's newly updated Rantoul Street, the Hardy Street affordable housing project offers six two-bedroom units, each with front-to-back layouts and spacious floor plans. Keeping with the architectural aesthetic of the surrounding residential community, the exterior includes clapboard siding with shingle accents and a flat roof to accommodate solar panels. The building is simple in nature but big on energy efficiency exceeding building insulation code requirements, utilizing triple glazed windows, and high efficiency mechanical systems with fresh air intakes. Proximity to the train station, restaurants, and the post office provide residents with virtually everything they need within walking distance.
Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director for Harborlight Community Partners, said, "Our region is a beautiful one that remains largely out of reach for people we depend on every day. These homes, communities, and developments are critical toward mitigating housing insecurity in our region. Projects like Hardy Street, as well as others that HCP and SV Design are collaborating on, such as Anchor Point I & II with The Lighthouse Center in Beverly, Beverly Village for Living & the Arts (BVLA), Maple Woods in Wenham, and Granite Street Crossing in Rockport are all coming at a time when the need for high quality, service-enriched, and affordable homes has never been more evident."