Ribbon cut from Trinity Financial host to mark completion of courthouse lofts: NEREJ
Worcester, MA Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and a host of city and state officials joined Trinity Financial in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the completion of the mixed-income housing development of Courthouse Lofts. The event also celebrated the opening to the public of the Marshall “Major” Taylor Museum, which honors the life of the first black cycling world champion, who resided in the city for 35 years.
Courthouse Lofts is the certified historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the old 214,000 s / f Worcester County Courthouse, originally built in 1845, in a new mixed-income multi-family residential community. Located at 2 Main Street, the courthouse redevelopment is part of a larger revitalization of the city’s historic Lincoln Square. district. The 1700 s / f Museum dedicated to Major Taylor showcases vintage photographs, memorabilia and an active cycling experience depicting the life of the ‘Worcester Whirlwind’.
âKudos to everyone for helping make this happen,â said Lt. Governor Polito, who spoke at the inauguration ceremony. “It took an incredible amount of collaboration, hard work, being dedicated and focused on it with a great amount of intention every day.” Lt. Gov. Polito also recalled his early experience in the building’s courtrooms, including the Development Community Hall, which was previously the Superior Court.
Courthouse Lofts includes 118 new accommodation units in studio, one, two and three bedroom configurations. Community and resident amenities of Courthouse Lofts include on-site maintenance and management, media and games room, club room ideal for remote work and study, fitness center, backyard beautifully appointed, pet spa, children’s playroom, and outdoor play area and on-site makerspace.
âThis is a special time for the city of Worcester. This project is a big part of the revitalization of the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Worcester, “said City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr.” It accomplishes so much in one fell swoop by providing a wide variety of housing options for people. from all areas of the city. while offering the general public the chance to experience one of Worcester’s most influential residents. The Courthouse Lofts and the âMajorâ Taylor Museum are a testament to the power of partnerships, and I thank and congratulate everyone involved. “
Mayor Joseph Petty said: âThe Courthouse Lofts have been an ongoing project for over a decade now and they have it all: historic preservation, affordable housing and the adaptive reuse of a very beautiful building. . Getting to this day has required the coordination of so many parties pulling in the same direction and towards the same goal. Thank you to Trinity Financial for being committed to the future of the City of Worcester and to everyone who made this project a reality.
Other state, city and community leaders who participated in the ribbon cutting included the state senator. Harriette Chandler; District Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson; Timothy Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce; Christine Vincenti, Senior Investment Manager at Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp. ; Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of MassHousing; and Helen Oliver, vice president of State Street Corp.
âI am absolutely delighted to be part of the dedication ceremony for the Major Taylor Museum today,â said Karen Brown Donovan, Major Taylor’s great-granddaughter, at the opening. “This museum is so important because it represents the cornerstones of all that was important to [Major Taylor and his daughter Sydney Taylor Brown] – excellence, education, achievement and history. I think Major would have been particularly honored today if he could have been here, to know that Worcester continues to honor its legacy with a museum so close to the Major Taylor statue and the library.
Courthouse Lofts’ vibrant lifestyle experience, the project’s unique approach to historic preservation, and the enthusiasm and interest around a revitalized Worcester town center have combined to produce great success for Trinity Financial and Trinity Management in leasing matters. As of October 1, the community’s 118 apartment houses, including 31 labor housing units, were fully occupied.
âCourthouse Lofts is a truly unique place to live,â said Michael Lozano, vice president of development, Trinity Financial. âWe have an amazing community within the building and our apartments and amenities are perfect for today’s lifestyle and work needs.â
Apartments have dishwashers and washer / dryers, electric ranges with range hoods and microwaves, quartz countertops, tiled tubs, custom light fixtures, and a generous natural light from oversized windows, stainless steel appliances and a high efficiency HVAC system. Each unit is unique with incredible historical details and features. Project architects and interior designers from The Architectural Team Inc. (TAT) created comfortable, character-rich apartments at Courthouse Lofts while preserving the building’s most impressive public spaces.
âCourthouse Lofts is one of the most extraordinary adaptive reuse projects our company has undertaken, and we are delighted to see this project open,â said Phil Renzi, Senior Project Manager at TAT. âOur design team took on the challenge of restoring and combining several historic structures from different centuries into one community, and the result is truly exceptional. This community combines the best of modern living with monumental and extremely detailed historic architecture in a one-of-a-kind property.
Courthouse Lofts has been funded by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, MassHousing, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and State Street Corp, among others.
“MHIC would like to congratulate Trinity Financial for implementing its bold vision of transforming the vast and vacant historic courthouse into a contemporary residential community serving households of all income levels,” said Christine Vincenti of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp. âWe were delighted to provide a complete financial package that included low income equity and historic tax credits as well as acquisition and construction financing.
State Street is proud to have partnered with Trinity Financial, City of Worcester, MHIC, MassHousing, DHCD and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to preserve this historic courthouse and create 118 new homes in the heart of Worcester State Street Corporation’s Helen Oliver said at today’s event. âThe redevelopment of the Worcester Courthouse realizes several public priorities that State Street has long supported, including historic preservation, responsible environmental stewardship, construction and management employment, and mixed-income housing.
âOn behalf of MassHousing, I would like to congratulate and thank everyone at Trinity Financial for your vision, your hard work and most importantly your persistence is creating this incredible development for 118 families and the community of Worcester,â said Cynthia Lacasse de MassHousing at the inauguration ceremony.
With its property management division, Trinity Management, Trinity has a total of 300 employees with decades of experience developing and managing transformative real estate projects. Commitment to diversity is also a core value for Trinity. In October 2020, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Trinity Financial as a ‘game changer’ for contributing to a more diverse workforce and creating opportunities for people of color through the Courthouse Lofts project.