MassHousing closes $11.8m in loans to help repurpose Webster school as senior housing

MassHousing, the quasi-public agency charged with providing financing for affordable housing in the Commonwealth, said that it has closed $11.8 million in loans for the acquisition and adaptive reuse of the historic Sitkowski School in Webster into 66 affordable apartments for people age 55 and older.

The Sitkowski School Apartments is being developed by Neighborhood Of Affordable Housing, or NOAH, of East Boston. Built in the early 1900s and expanded in 1920, the brick building is located in downtown Webster adjacent to the Webster Town Hall and Webster Public Library. The building served as both a high school and middle school and has been vacant since 2005.

The rehabilitation of the Sitkowski School is part of a larger master plan advanced by the Webster Redevelopment Authority to revitalize downtown Webster.

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“The Sitkowski School has been vacant and unused for nearly 10 years but now it will be transformed into a valuable affordable housing resource for senior citizens and the town of Webster for decades to come,” MassHousing executive director Thomas R. Gleason said in a statement. “For many, many years this building echoed with the voices of children and young adults and now it will be home to seniors who will be able to continue to live in Webster.”