Completed Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Communities
In September 2017, Soldier On opened 51 permanent housing units in the newly renovated former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy at 702 S. Westfield Street in Feeding Hills, MA. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave oven, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. In 2009, State Representative Rosemary Sandlin and Senator Stephen Buoniconti filed legislations to allow Soldier On to acquire the site for the development of affordable housing. The property was transferred to Soldier On in July 2010. The project is financed through state funding and includes low income housing tax credits.Click here to download the Application for Agawam
O’Connell Construction renovated the former Chapin School at 40 Meadow Street in Chicopee, MA into 43 units of veterans housing run by Soldier On. The project was completed in August 2016. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave oven, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Click here to download the Application for Chicopee
Northampton “Leeds”, MA
Soldier On built 44 permanent ownership units on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds, MA. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs on this project and utilization of financing through the VA’s VAi2 Innovation Initiative. The project features highly effective modular construction and are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a stove top, a convention microwave open, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Occupancy of the 44-unit cooperative began in August 2016. Click here to download Application for Leeds
Soldier On built, the first-of-its-kind, award winning Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community is a national model for providing homeownership to veterans. Each unit contains a kitchen equipped with a oven stove, and refrigerator with a living area and separate bedroom. Occupancy of the 39-unit cooperative began in October 2010. Click here to download Application for Pittsfield
Permanent Housing Projects in Development
The project site is located at the Former Ann Lee Nursing Home site, 820 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, New York. Albany County has leased an area of approximately 12.6 acres to Soldier On for the purpose of developing a residential campus providing permanent housing, training and supportive services to Veterans.
The overall complex design is based on a village concept to be developed in three phases. When complete the project will include five new buildings with one hundred twenty-five single bedroom apartment units and the renovation of the existing Ann Lee Nursing Home with seventy-five single bedroom apartment units. Additionally, the Ann Lee Home will provide support service spaces, a common dining area and a full service kitchen.
The building design is intended to be respectful of the existing historic Ann Lee Nursing Home built in the late 1920’s without mimicking the building exactly. The building configuration is conceived to develop a walkable village atmosphere that provides a residential feel to the outdoor spaces and promotes a true sense of community. Soldier On encourages the interaction of its residents by including outdoor gathering areas, park like settings and articulated building designs.
The new buildings will be wood framed with a combination of fiber reinforced cement siding, masonry veneer and cellular pvc trim. Single hung windows will provide both an abundance of natural light as well as opportunities for natural ventilation. The sloped roofs will be clad in an architectural asphalt roof shingle.
Phase one will include the construction of two buildings, modifications to the existing paved areas to provide parking, regrading to raise the site, construction of walking paths with outdoor grill areas and the creation of an area of reflection with a columbarium for on-site veteran’s memorials. Building A will be a three story, 37,634 square foot building with forty-six single bedroom apartment units, community space, interior bike storage, laundry room, trash room and mechanical spaces. Building B will be a two (2) story 11,878 square foot building with fourteen (14) single bedroom apartment units, a laundry room, trash room and mechanical spaces.
Tinton Falls, NJ
The project site is located on along Essex Road in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The property is near Seabrook Village, a large retirement community on Essex Road. After looking at many places that weren’t quite right, Tinton Falls Mayor Gerry Turning, Council President Gary Baldwin and their municipal colleagues found the 12.59-acre site close to Seabrook Village. It needed to have enough land and a welcoming setting while having access to resources for residents. This is the perfect setting for a first-class facility to provide the high-quality services our veterans need and deserve.
Soldier On is preparing a site design for 70 units of permanent housing for homeless Veterans on 12.59 acres of land. The lease to the land was signed in 2016. Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning said the land was donated to the borough for $1.
Operational History Based on the review of historical material and municipal records, the Site was utilized as unimproved wooded land with no indicated development or clearing until the early 1950s. The lower portion of the Site was cleared of vegetation and trees and two structures and concrete pad were constructed during the early 1950s. T&M and the Borough of Tinton Falls have not determined the tenancy or operation at the structures or the use of the surrounding cleared areas. Based on the proximity to the adjoining agricultural fields to the south, the former structures may have been utilized as “farmstead” structures (dwellings, barns or greenhouse) in support of the off-Site agricultural operations. However, the City Directory for 1974 reviewed for this PA lists an eating establishment named “Electric Char-B-Que” for the address of 371 Essex Road which may represent the Site location and one or all of the former structures. The address of the adjoining radio station transmitting tower is 375 Essex Road. There does not appear to have been any agricultural cropfield or orchard activity at the formerly cleared portion of the Site. The above ground portions of the former structures were removed during the 1970s and the formerly cleared portion has returned to vegetated, forested land.
The property address is 402 West Housatonic street, Pittsfield, MA. The property includes 1.6-acres of land located on the north side of west Housatonic St., just west of the driveway to the Soldier On Veteran’s Village residential housing project.
The project calls for demolition of the existing house, shed and garage and construction of a new 2-story, 14-unit residential building for women Veterans. The building will be constructed in the same general location as the existing house. The new building will feature the following:
- Fourteen (14) one bedroom units ranging in size from 450 – 495 square feet
- Two-story building with accessible lift to the second floor
- Ground Floor units with individual access from the exterior
- Common Laundry Room with internal access
- Visitor Toilet Room
- Total Building Area 8,850 square feet
A new sidewalk will connect the project with the adjacent Veteran’s village project located at 360 West Housatonic Street.
Support services will be provided by current Soldier On staff.
The proposed building is intended to be a two-story structure with a sloped roof. The overall building height and roof slopes are like the structures located on the adjacent Gordon Mansfield Veterans Village. Offsets in the building footprint and changes in projections from the first to second floor provides both visual interest as well an opportunity for distinct covered entrance locations. Exterior materials were selected for compatibility with the adjacent property and long-term durability. The materials generally include architectural asphalt roof shingles, fiber cement plank siding, vinyl windows and composite Trim.