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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!taylor.bmp (391662 bytes)


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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.

Alpercon.bmp (392550 bytes)Local 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 third.

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 new owners.

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 reality.

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Granite Street

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.

Granite1.bmp (365958 bytes)Since 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.

Granite2.bmp (376650 bytes)Currently the Land Trust is exploring funding sources for the construction needed prior to condominium conversion.

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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.

Forbes1.bmp (275238 bytes)Much of 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, HHForbes2.bmp (391662 bytes) Enterprises, Triangle Pacific, the Building Center, Coastal Insulation, J.K. Security, Grand Banks, Town and Country Masonry, Total Waste Management, and Waste Management of Gloucester.

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