658 Union Avenue
Laconia Area Community Land Trust is an experienced and accomplished non-profit developer of permanently affordable family housing. We were named 2010 NH Business of the Decade in the Construction/Real Estate/Engineering category by Business NH Magazine and received a Business Excellence Award in 2006 from NH Business Review.
We have developed or co-developed 236 rental units in Belmont, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton, Sandwich and Wolfeboro and two permanently affordable home-ownership homes: one in Tilton and one in Laconia. (Click here for a complete list). We recently partnered with the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition in the construction of 24 rental units in Wolfeboro. We have invested over $59.2 million in neighborhood revitalization projects. These projects yield tremendous impact for the community and local tax base. As part of our commitment to the community, we pay real estate taxes on all our properties.
Over the next several years, we completely renovated 24 homes scattered throughout Laconia as well as the former Batchelder Street School building to create 65 additional units of safe, decent, permanently affordable family housing. The following photos are before and after pictures of one of those renovated units.
In 2004, we redeveloped the abandoned Vernitron factory site in Laconia. The factory building, which had become an eyesore at the gateway to downtown Laconia, was demolished and replaced with five attractive, Colonial-style buildings containing 18 new apartments for low and moderate income families. This property has received awards and recognition including The Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award from the National Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition – Honorable Mention in the Rural Housing Category (2006); Award for Excellence in Urban Redevelopment by the Laconia Planning Board (2006); and Greater Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce Golden Hammer Award (2006).
The following photos are of the Millview development.
In the fall of 2006, we completed renovation of the Mechanic School building in Lakeport (pictured below). This building, like our Batchelder Street School building, offers four one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units.
The Mechanic School is an Energy Star® certified building. A six-panel solar electric system provides electricity for the building's common areas. The Mechanic School was recognized with a Plan NH Merit Award (2007) and a Greater Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce Golden Trowel Award (2007).
In the Fall of 2009, we completed the development of Pinecrest Apartments and Frances Court Manufactured Housing Park in Meredith.
The development of Pinecrest Apartments and Frances Court Manufactured Housing Park is another success in our work to create permanently affordable housing for working families, improve streetscapes, and revitalize neighborhoods. The project was completed in three phases:
Phase 1 was the road work. Sewer and water were brought down Boynton Road, sidewalks were installed, and the road was paved.
Phase 2 involved the relocation and upgrade of the former Crestview Manufactured Housing Park to make room for the new construction. The park has been renamed Frances Court Manufactured Housing Park. It is our hope that in the future the residents of Frances Court, who have formed a co-op, will take ownership of the park. Until that time, the park will remain owned and operated by the Land Trust.
Phase 3 was the construction of Pinecrest Apartments - 32 units in 4 buildings.
Pinecrest is LEED certified
and incorporates green building features and energy efficiencies
including solar hot water systems for each building. Its 32 permanently affordable apartments range in size from
one to three bedrooms. Most rents are based on 30% of the household’s annual adjusted gross
income. Income restrictions apply.
Our work in Meredith was recognized with New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority’s inaugural Bringing You Home Award (2010) and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce's 1st Community Vision Award (2010).
In Late 2010, we completed the development of Lochmere
Meadows Apartments on Route 3 in Tilton. The development consists of
a total of 28 two-bedroom units in four buildings. Rents
are based on 30% of the household’s annual adjusted gross income. Income restrictions apply.