The development at 30 Haven St. in Reading officially opened last week. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki celebrated the opening with state and local officials on Oct. 11. The development has 53 smart-housing units, underground parking and a Zinga Frozen Yogurt shop right on the property. According to the Reading Community Services Office, a Portland Pie Company will soon open in the development as well.
Construction on the property started back in August of 2011. The development was originally scheduled to open earlier this summer, both a June and Aug. 1 opening date were mentioned, but it was still not officially open until last week.
In addition to housing, the development includes underground parking for about 78 cars and 22,000 square feet of retail space. Zinga frozen yogurt is open there already and Portland Pie Company is coming soon.
According to a press release from the Patrick-Murray administration "the transit-oriented housing was supported with more than $500,000 in state resources from the Patrick-Murray Administration and includes 11 affordable units."
30 Haven St. was supported with $509,000 in Chapter 40R funding, $200,000 in Affordable Housing Trust Funds and $18 million in private investment, according to the release.
“Creating new, well-planned housing is vital to our continued economic recovery and retaining young, innovative talent, and is a central goal in the Administration’s long-term economic development plan,” said Secretary Bialecki in a press release from the Patrick-Murray administration. “This project at 30 Haven St. is a model example of how state investments in new housing through the Chapter 40R program can work best, and over the next year the Patrick-Murray Administration will put a priority on partnering with communities to encourage new housing construction related to Chapter 40R permits.”