23 Oct

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Nov. 14-16

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn all about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Gardner, Mass.

When: Nov. 14, 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Gardner Chamber of Commerce, 29 Parker St., Gardner, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

27 Sep

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Oct. 17-19

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Fitchburg, Mass.

When: Oct. 17, 18 and 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: NewVue Communities, 470 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

22 Aug

Grant gives NewVue new life for turning former Leominster school into housing

Reprinted from the Sentinel and Enterprise

By Peter Jasinski

pjasinski@sentinelandenterprise.com

LEOMINSTER — With a new state grant promised, NewVue Communities hopes to be able to move forward soon with its long-planned conversion of the former Carter Junior High School on West Street into affordable-housing units.

“It’s very exciting and we’re very fortunate to get this,” NewVue Executive Director Marc Dohan said. “We’ll be taking a school that’s no longer in use, that a lot of people have memories tied to, and putting it back into use. This is a critical day for us to get this funding.”

Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Tuesday that $72 million in grants had been awarded to projects throughout the state to rehabilitate and preserve nearly 2,000 housing units. The plan to create 39 units of housing in Leominster is among those listed, though no mention was made of how much money NewVue communities was awarded.

Dohan said Wednesday that he hasn’t yet been told the exact amount of money, but he’s confident it’s enough to cover the rest of the costs for the project.

He estimated that between $10 million and $11 million will come from the state.

He said the total cost of the project is about $16 million, and that NewVue has already raised between $5 million and $6 million already.

“We have some that we’re borrowing and some from other grants as well,” Dohan said.

The project has been in development for about five years, and NewVue communities has been waiting more than a year to have enough funding before being able to begin construction.

Plans for the renovation have already been completed and approved by all pertinent city departments.Once completed, the former Carter School will feature 39 affordable family housing units, 16 of which will be designated for households earning less than 30 percent the area median income. The building’s remaining units are expected to house only tenants with annual incomes between $25,000 and $50,000.

Empty since the mid-1990s, the school has experienced significant deterioration of its interior, including fire damage, a breached roof and a collapsed stairwell.

The renovation is expected to take about a year, but Dohan was unable to say when a start date might be scheduled.

“We’re trying to go over everything as quickly as we can, but we don’t have a date at this time,” he said.

Dohan said NewVue will continue to seek additional money as it considers possible upgrades to the current plan.

When reached for comment Wednesday, Ward 5 City Councilor Richard Marchand, who represents the neighborhood in which the housing units are being built, said he’s happy to hear the project is moving forward.

“The Carter building has been a contentious item in this city for decades, and I’m glad to see this proposal come to fruition,” Marchand said. “The concerns of the neighborhood have always been on the table, and I think we’re all pleased with this.”

Marchand added that he hopes rehabilitation of the property will also help alleviate current traffic problems at Hall and West streets, located at the corner of the Carter School property.

21 Aug

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Sept. 19-21

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Fitchburg, Mass.

When: Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: NewVue Communities, 470 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

19 Jul

First-time homebuyer classes August 22-24 in Leominster

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Leominster, Mass.

When: August 22, 23 and 24, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Watermill Apartments, 142 Water St, Leominster, Mass.
Pre-registration and payment is required.
 To learn more, click here. 
26 Jun

Join Us for National Night Out Aug. 1

Join us for National Night Out – August 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What: National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

When: August 1, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lowe Park, on Elm Street in Fitchburg

What:

  • Music
  • Food
  • Fun
  • Prizes
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Meet Your Neighbors
  • Resources

If you have questions,

Meredith Geraghty

Director of Community Organizing

978-342-9561 Ext. 120
978-400-0162
mgeraghty@nvcomm.org

19 Jun

First-time homebuyer classes July 18-20 in Gardner

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting first-time homebuyer classes in Gardner, Mass.

When: July 18, 19 and 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, 29 Parker St, Gardner, Mass.
 To learn more, click here. 
23 May

Homebuyer classes June 20-22 in Fitchburg

NewVue Communities is hosting first-time homebuyer classes June 20-22 in Fitchburg, Mass.

If you are interested in buying a home, learn more through one of our first-time homebuyer classes. 

When: June 20-22, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: NewVue Communities, 470 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass. 
 To learn more, click here. 
15 May

Fitchburg given a facelift

Reprinted from the Sentinel and Enterprise

By Elizabeth Dobbins

edobbins@sentinelandenterprise.com

FITCHBURG — Buildings were painted, facades were replaced and gardens were prepped during the community clean-up led by Crossroads Church, NewVue Communities, ReImagine North of Main and the city Saturday.

“We want to be a force in the community for good,” said Adrian Gates, media director for Crossroads Church on 839 Ashby State Road.

Gates said the outreach event has been put on annually since 2011 and drew about 300 volunteers to 25 projects around the city.

Among them was the replacement the decaying wood on the outside of the empty building on the corner of Main and Oliver Street.

“It was just all nasty looking,” volunteer and Gardner resident Glenn Wallace said. “Rotten,” Westminster resident Kevin Fuller said, pointing to a pile of wood that they had pulled off the building.

By early afternoon, the new siding was almost completely replaced.

Across the street, several volunteers were painting the formerly beige outside of Gallery Sitka (West) red and blue.

“Artists don’t typically like the color beige,” Tricia Pistone said, laughing.

Pistone, project director for ReImagine North of Main, said the organizations involved in the clean-up and residents collaborated to come up with project ideas such as clearing the brush in Lowe Park, painting the gazebo in the Upper Common and planting flowers around the police station.

Gates said the renovation of the library at Reingold Elementary School is the largest of the many projects that were in progress Saturday.

“It’s something special when you get to do it for the kids,” he said.

Pistone said this is not the first time the church has lent a hand to give downtown a facelift. In 2015, among other projects, Crossroads Community Church and partners removed the rust stains from the building where The Local Spot is currently located.

“We really want to do things that can transform an area,” Gates said.

8 May

May 16-18, first-time homebuyer classes in Gardner

NewVue Communities is hosting first-time homebuyer classes May 16, 17, 18 in Gardner, Mass.

If you are interested in buying a home, learn more through one of our first-time homebuyer classes. 

When: May 16 – 18, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, 29 Parker St, Gardner, Mass.
 To learn more, click here.