Abby's House Renovations Underway

April 11, 2018

Abby's House

Time to get to work! Our team will modernize the Abby's House High Street facility, to increase the number of housing units and make improvements long needed to the nearly 100-year-old building.

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WORCESTER - An $8.2 million tax-exempt bond will allow Abby’s House to modernize its High Street facility, increasing the number of housing units and making improvements long needed to the nearly 100-year-old building.

The total cost of renovations to the safe and supportive housing for women at 52 High St. will be $16.2 million. A little more than half the cost will be paid by a bond issued through MassDevelopment. There is also capital fund campaign underway to raise another $2 million. The rest will be paid through various sources.

Abby’s House provides safe housing for women in need of financial and emotional support. It operates seven two-bedroom apartments and 70 single-room units in four buildings in the city, including 53 units in the building on High Street. “It’s wonderful,” said Stephanie Page, executive director of Abby’s House. “This has been a dream since 2001.”

Ms. Page said Abby’s House bought the building in 2001 from the Sisters of Mercy, which had operated the facility since the 1920s. She said at the time they were aware the building would need major renovations. With the funding from the state, donations and other sources, the project is already underway.

“We are thrilled to be able to do this,” she said.

The building is not handicapped accessible. The renovations will include installation of an elevator and reconfiguring the entrance to make it more accessible. The project will increase the number of units to 55, update heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and security systems, and improve office space and the thrift shop in the basement of the building.

[Source: Telegram.com]

 

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