Military veterans will soon have a place of their own in Beverly, according to the efforts behind a state initiative and subsequent action from a Manchester-based developer.
Construction on the Pleasant Street Apartments project began last month, with an expected completion date of June 2013, according to the complex’s builder, Windover Construction.
Last May, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced a measure to convert the former Beverly Self-Storage building at 60 Pleasant Street into a 33-unit complex called the Pleasant Street Apartments, in order to provide housing for displaced or homeless military veterans. The site will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and managed by Peabody Properties, Inc., who will also provide mental healthcare, on-site counseling and job training for all residents.
Massachusetts contributed $2.5 million to the initiative, with an additional $275,000 for the project coming from federal low-income tax credits. The apartment complex in Beverly is just a segment of a major initiative to build 36 such facilities in a total of 28 communities throughout the state, at a total cost of $105 million. The apartments will be available for residence to any veterans of the U.S. military.
“Locally, the Pleasant Street Apartments will create permanent, supportive housing for veterans in downtown Beverly,” said Hannah Ginley of Windover.
Windover President Lee Dellicker said that the time has come for veterans to stop being overlooked.
“Our nation’s veterans are an important, and all too often underserved, part of our population,” said Dellicker. “Their personal sacrifices have kept our country safe and secure. The least we can give them in return is a safe, secure place to live. Windover is pleased to be part of these important initiatives.”