Improving and increasing affordable, in-town housing for seniors and those with disabilities is what Hanover’s Article 17 is about.
Summer Park, adjacent to the Black Community Center, is Hanover’s only affordable senior housing and is comprised of three, 1970’s-era buildings with 8 apartments each. These 24 studio and one-bedroom apartments are in need of replacement and are energy inefficient with costly electric heat. The 12 second-floor units can be accessed by stairs only, making them unsuitable by seniors or disabled residents with poor mobility.
The Town of Hanover has tasked Twin Pines Housing, the region‘s nonprofit affordable housing provider, with redeveloping Summer Park. Twin Pines Housing and the Town had previously worked together on the development of the mixed-income community at Gile Hill. If approved, Article 17 would transfer Summer Park and an adjoining property to Twin Pines Housing, which would be responsible for the redevelopment of Summer Park. The first phase would involve the construction of a new, energy-efficient, 24-apartment building. A second phase will allow for additional units to serve seniors and disabled residents.