A Senior Housing Project & The Centerpiece to Revitalizing a Distressed Neighborhood

* Notre Dame received the 2015 New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Achievement award.

In December 2014, AHEAD celebrated the completion of Notre Dame Apartments, a 33 unit low income housing project for seniors in Berlin, NH, culminating a community-driven effort to rehabilitate the historic Notre Dame School.

AHEAD is proud of this effort, which is important not only as a senior housing project, but also as the centerpiece to revitalizing a distressed neighborhood. A group of Notre Dame alumni formed the “Project Rescue” group in 2003 to save the building, which had been vacant for many years and suffered damage from arson. The City of Berlin, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, spent more than $800,000 to remove hazardous materials from the site prior to the building’s restoration.

AHEAD took over development of the project in January 2013. The project’s $7.8 million fund package included 9% tax credits, a federal historic tax credit, grants from CDBG, Neighborworks, HOME, NH Housing Greener Homes, AHP, as well as financing from Bank of NH.

The facility is Energy Star certified. It is heated and cooled using air-source heat pumps powered by 4 Okofen wood pellet boilers.