On Monday, when I reported that 356 Union Street was for sale, I wondered if the apartments in that building were among the affordable units the Galvan Foundation had, in the past, committed to creating. It turns out they were. In March 2018, as reported by the Register-Star, Galvan factotum Jason O'Toole announced that Galvan was developing 29 affordable dwelling units in ten of its properties. Here's the list of buildings and the number of units in each that appears in the Strategic Housing Action Plan:
On March 21, 2018, Gossips did a post about those properties. A year later, on July 2, 2019, Gossips did a progress report on the same ten buildings. Yesterday, unable to stay focused on much of anything, I decided to revisit the ten properties again to see how things were coming along. We'll start with 356 Union Street, which is now for sale.
356 Union Street
In March 2018, the building was still boarded up, as it had been for almost two decades. Today, the restoration is complete, and the three apartments in the building and the commercial space are all occupied.
In July 2019, Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation, said work would begin on the house "in the fall." It was announced that the building would have one two-bedroom apartment and three one-bedroom apartments.
Today, there is no evidence that any work has been done on the building.
340 State Street
In March 2018, it wasn't clear if this building was occupied or not. Today, it appears that the two three-bedroom apartments in this building are occupied, but no work has been done on the exterior of the building.
In March 2018, the house appeared not to be occupied. Today, it seems to be. There are no visible changes to the house, although the panes of colored glass in the front door, which were a distinctive feature of the doors once found on all the houses in this row, are now missing.
The building seemed to be occupied in 2017, and it still appears to be occupied. No exterior improvements appear to have been made on the building, except for the removal of the aluminum storm door and the disappearance of a satellite dish on the roof.
Nothing has changed with this house since March 2018. The two apartments in the house--one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom--were reportedly occupied then and are apparently occupied now.
In March 2018, this house was vacant. In July 2019, Dan Kent reported that work on the house would soon be completed. Today, the house is occupied, but it was one of the three houses Galvan intended to demolish in order to build the 77-unit building proposed for 75 North Seventh Street.
The work on the house was completed, without review or a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission, in the summer of 2018. Since then, the four apartments in house--one studio, two one-bedroom, and one two-bedroom--have been occupied.
Of the 29 dwelling units Galvan said were "being developed" in 2018, twelve have actually been developed, six continue to be rented in the same state they were in then, four still await development, two were never created, and five are on the market, likely to be sold to someone with no commitment to offering them at anything other than market rate.
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