TAUNTON —The Taunton Housing Authority was awarded a $22 million grant on Monday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish Fairfax Gardens and replace it with “mixed-income” rental units.
The Taunton Housing Authority (THA) plans to use the HOPE VI grant for a $71 million project, utilizing the grant in combination with leveraging $41 million in low income housing tax credits and investments from the private sector. The redevelopment project consists of demolishing the 150 barracks-style units that make up the Fairfax Gardens development, constructing 88 townhouse-style units in their place and also creating 72 mixed-income rental units at a separate location in downtown Taunton.
“Once these developments are complete, you will see some attractive housing units befitting this city,” said Colleen Doherty, who has been executive director of the THA for 13 years. “More importantly, you will see lives being transformed through a variety of HOPE VI service programs. This is an opportunity for Fairfax Gardens’ residents to reach their goals of self-sufficiency.”
Hope or dependency?