Originally built in 1977, Related Companies have invested $50 million in renovation of the 489-unit housing complex to help revitalize and preserve the old Chestnut Park. The new Skyview Downtown will serve as a mix-use space for our community.
Related Companies has partnered and joined with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Springfield, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and MassHousing today to announce and unveil the full rehabilitation of the Skyview Downtown facility. Located in Downtown Springfield, the affordable community is comprised of 489 affordable apartments including 77 new workforce housing units, 22,000 square feet of commercial space, and 6,000 square feet of amenity space.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “I want to thank Related Companies Vice Chairman Jeff Brodsky and Related Affordable President Matthew Finkle and their respective teams for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield. This $50 million renovation of the former Chestnut Park into a mix-used space of renovated housing units, and commercial and amenity space will greatly benefit our residents and help enhance my Administrations efforts as we continue to build upon the economic development projects and initiatives that have already taken place and those projects still in the works. This is all about a good four letter word – ‘JOBS’! This public and private partnership continues my Administrations commitment of investing and strengthening not only our local housing stock but also building upon our economic development initiatives that further enhance the renaissance of our downtown. The rehabilitation and renovation of the Skyview project compliments the enhancements and improvements the City has already made in support of this development project. From the Springfield Police Department substation, the $3.5 million renovation of our Pynchon Plaza, the beautiful murals adding color and vibrancy to our buildings and future planned projects such as the old Civic Center garage and now this Skyview project will all collectively bring together our MassMutual Center, our world-class Springfield Museums and the rest of our renovated downtown. I want to thank Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay, and our local state delegation for their continued leadership on making this project a reality. Special thanks to Congressman Richard Neal for his continued leadership for our City and his ongoing efforts helping to secure these vital tax credits, once a mayor always a mayor. Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Parks Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan and I are looking forward to the bright future this new development project will have for our residents and business community.”
The two year, comprehensive $50 Million renovation to the Skyview Downtown residences included interior upgrades to all units including new kitchens, baths and flooring, redecorated hallways, and lobbies, new window facade, HVAC systems, plumbing risers and, elevators, as well as ADA accessibility upgrades, enhanced security and access control, and free Wi-Fi for all apartments. Updated amenities include a new floor equipped with a fitness center, resident lounge, workforce development center (Compass Working Capital, a non-profit will provide a Family Self-Sufficiency program for our residents), as well as a computer room, laundry room, children’s playroom, and a new on-site management office.
"We are excited about the completion of the Skyview Downtown project, which will bring new workforce housing opportunities to Springfield," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration was glad to support this project through MassHousing and the Department of Housing and Community Development, and we look forward to continuing to encourage housing production across the Commonwealth."
A key component of the revitalization plan included the City of Springfield’s $3.5 Million renovation of Pynchon Plaza located at the center of Skyview Downtown’s four buildings and Related’s nearly $1 Million build-out of the Springfield Police Department Metro Substation adjacent to the park. Related worked closely with the City to engage with The Architectural Team and Copley Wolff, a Boston-based landscape architect, to help reimagine the park.
Executive Director of PBRM Patrick Sullivan stated, “The Springfield Park Department is grateful to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums, the Planning and Economic Development Department, the Department of Capital Asset Construction, and Related Properties for their roles in ensuring the successful restoration of Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield. This plaza, which was reopened in November of 2020, is safe and an attractive connection for our beloved Springfield Museums with the metro area. The renovations of the housing units at Skyview Downtown by Related Properties will add to the walkability of our downtown.”
The renovation of Skyview Downtown in concert with the new Pynchon Plaza now provides a seamless link between Downtown and Springfield’s world-class museum district. In partnership with the Springfield Museums, the Springfield Cultural Partnership, and Commonwealth Murals, the neighborhood offers cultural programs for the community and public art installations that celebrate the City’s history, diversity and optimistic future.
Congressman Neal said, “The rehabilitation of Skyview Downtown is a great example of our local, state, and federal partners working together to provide much needed upgrades to one of downtown Springfield’s tallest buildings. The low income housing tax credit has proven once again to be a critical tool for revitalization that has a real, positive, lasting impact on our communities. I am proud to champion and protect them in my role as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.”
“As one of the largest private developers of affordable housing in the United States, Related has remained committed to providing and preserving quality housing for nearly five decades,” said Matthew Finkle, President of Related Affordable. “We are particularly proud of the extensive scope of work completed at Skyview Downtown and look forward to delivering long term, quality affordable homes to residents of Springfield.
“Congratulations to Related Companies, the city of Springfield, and the residents of Skyview Downtown on the completion of renovations, which have reinvigorated this important housing community with substantial capital improvements and greater income diversity amongst the residents,” said Chrystal Kornegay, MassHousing Executive Director. “This renovated property has brought new life to Springfield’s downtown, and will offer the families who call Skyview Downton home quality affordable housing and economic opportunity long into the future.”
“Since Related Beal purchased the building at 10 Chestnut Street we have had a successful working relationship with their ownership and management. Our Metro Unit Substation is located in close proximity to the renovated Skyview and the cooperation with the on-site staff and ownership has helped to not only decrease the calls for service to the apartments, but also increase the quality of life for their residents and the surrounding business community,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
In collaboration with MassHousing, DHCD and the City of Springfield, Skyview Downtown now includes 77 workforce housing units with income bands at 61-85% area median income (AMI) with rents set at approximately 70% AMI level. Additionally, 412 units were kept as LIHTC units at or below 60% AMI with a new 45-year extended use period and approximately 230 units were converted to a new 20-year project based rental assistance contract.