Taylor Street Condominium
In early 1990, the Land Trust bought its first building, a duplex on Taylor Street in
Gloucester. Dormers were added to increase the living space.
On March 19, 1991, unit 1 was sold to David and Sherri Fanning and their sons David and
Jeremy, creating the first permanently affordable housing on Cape Ann. On January
15, 1992, the second Taylor Street unit was sold to Bernard and Serafina Cranston, the
parents of Sherri Fanning, who had bought the first unit almost a year earlier!
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Alper Road Condominium
Meanwhile, work on the second project began: the rehabilitation of an abandoned 3 unit
building on what was then known as Alper Road - Gloucester's most troubled neighborhood.
The 43 congregations of the Essex Association of the United Church of Christ raised
$60,000 to support the project -- much of it through bake sales, coffee houses and
bike-a-thons. They also organized hundreds of volunteers to help with demolition
(including removing a three-story chimney brick by brick), insulation, and painting.
architect Tim Thurman developed the design, and local contractors -- The Ellis Company,
Ellis Electric, L.W. Holton Company and Patey Plumbing converted the plans into reality.
By year's end three buyers were chosen, and financing was negotiated with Gloucester Bank
and Trust -- permanent financing for two of the families, and a rent-to-buy plan for the
The sales closed, and in May the new owners moved in. By June the entire
neighborhood was treated to a flower show in the lovely perennial garden planted by the
Five years have passed since these units were occupied and the condominium association is
working well. One owner has served on the Land Trust's board of directors for the
past two years.
Since the very first building was developed, the dream of the Land Trust has been to
transform the entire neighborhood into a fine place to live. It is a dream of great
proportion for a small independent non-profit, and it has taken these five years to gather
the financial resources necessary. Today that big dream is being converted into
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In 1993, the Land Trust purchased these two adjacent buildings in Gloucester. One
was a once beautiful 10-unit Victorian row house which had fallen into decay, the other a
newer 6-unit building also badly in need of repair. Now the only rental property
owned by the Land Trust, we hope to convert these 2 buildings to 14 permanently affordable
condominium units by 1998.
the Land Trust acquired the property, all units have been deleaded, the ancient and unsafe
heating system was replaced with the highest quality fuel-efficient gas system, all new
windows were installed, and new kitchens put in place. Carpentry, plumbing, and
electrical repairs were made where needed, units were painted, new carpet was laid, a new
laundry added, a dilapidated old garage removed, and a driveway was graded to make ample
room for off-street parking -- all with no increase in rents.
the Land Trust is exploring funding sources for the construction needed prior to
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Forbes School Condominium
In March 1995, the Land Trust purchased this charming brick school house on Washington
Street, Gloucester from the City of Gloucester. With a grant from the HOME program
of the Executive Office of Communities and Development, it was converted into eight
beautiful condo units. Designer Tim Thurman cleverly maintained all the
architectural beauty of this 1920 Arts and Crafts masterpiece -- high ceilings, huge
windows, and even the old blackboards. The attic was converted into two charming
units with magnificent views, and the basement -- formerly the school cafeteria -- was
converted into two handicapped accessible units.
the work on the top floor was done by volunteers. The newly formed Cape Ann Habitat
for Humanity collaborated with the Land Trust in organizing volunteers.
The Land Trust is grateful to the many local businesses and contractors
who helped to make the Forbes School a reality -- among them, The Ellis Company, Ellis
Electric, Unis Plumbing, Lemire Construction, Tom O'Brien, Cape Ann Flooring, Classic Wood
Floors, Doyon's Appliances, Precision Roofing, The Hagstrom Company, Shoreline Painting,
Ben's Wallpaper & Paint, B-Dry Systems, Jones Boys Insulation, HH
Enterprises, Triangle Pacific, the Building Center, Coastal Insulation, J.K. Security,
Grand Banks, Town and Country Masonry, Total Waste Management, and Waste Management of
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