OFF TO A FAST START IN 2022

The last few months of 2021 and the start of 2022 have been incredibly busy with the completion of four projects in four different states – Huntington Village in Newport News, VA; Friars Court in Hudson; NH; Depot Village in Hanson, MA; and Brookside Terrace in East Greenwich, RI.

All of these communities were built to ensure high energy-efficiency throughout the year. Huntington Village is Earthcraft gold certified, which addresses a wide range of sustainability considerations, including environmental performance, indoor air quality, building durability, comfort and affordability.

Friars Court, Depot Village and Brookside Terrace were all designed as Passive House projects. There are several benefits that residents will enjoy from living in a Passive House development, including savings in monthly utility bills from reduced energy use, high indoor air quality due to excellent ventilation, and a sound-proof home from air tightness and super insulation. An early adopter, Dakota is one of the nation’s most active Passive House developers of affordable housing with close to a dozen projects currently under construction or in development.
EXPANDING OUR FOOTPRINT
HUNTINGTON VILLAGE
Establishing a presence in the Mid-Atlantic market, our team completed construction on Huntington Village, Dakota’s first development project in Virginia. The completion of Huntington Village supports important revitalization efforts in Newport News and offers much needed affordable housing for the growing population. Interest in the community has been extremely high; the first building was fully leased in less than a month and we expect all 96 units will be filled by the end of January.

“It has been a pleasure working with Dakota Partners to facilitate the development of this quality housing in Newport News, Virginia,” said Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director, Karen Wilds. “The property brings stylish, modern housing to expand affordable housing choices in Newport News.”

Located steps from public transportation, residents have easy access to area shopping, entertainment and amenities. The development also features a community building with shared spaces including a gathering area, fitness center, on-site laundry facilities and a playground.
FILLING THE VOID
FRIARS COURT
With the completion of the first phase of Friars Court, Dakota has filled a void of affordable housing in Hudson, NH. Located in the state’s largest county where affordable housing is scarce and waiting lists for units can stretch years, Friars Court brings tremendous value to the community where the demand for quality, safe, and sustainable housing is high. 

"These new units will provide much-needed homes for our state's workforce, which is especially needed given the low inventory of apartments and higher rent in the southern tier of New Hampshire,” said Jim Menihane, Director of Multi-Family Business Development at New Hampshire Housing.

The new development is nestled on an 11-acre site just a mile from Hudson’s busy central business district and within walking distance of grocery stores, banks, retail stores, post offices, and pharmacies. Commuters will enjoy direct access to State Route 3A and excellent access to public transportation; downtown Nashua’s robust shopping and entertainment area is a short three-mile drive away.
DELIVERING THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
DEPOT VILLAGE
Construction on Depot Village in Hanson, Massachusetts is complete, delivering the first family-affordable housing development to this area. On average, the wait list for Section 8 housing in the Hanson area is eight years; as such, Depot Village will provide necessary, quality housing for an underserved and growing population whose household income is typically between 60% and 100% of the median area income.

"MassHousing was pleased to be part of bringing 48 new affordable rental homes to Hanson, which will offer quality housing and economic opportunity to the individuals and families who will live there," said MassHousing Executive Director, Chrystal Kornegay. "Congratulations to Dakota Partners and the town of Hanson on creating this new affordable housing resource for residents in the community."  

Like many Dakota communities, Depot Village is transit-oriented – located just steps from the MBTA commuter rail stop, which is Hanson’s only available form of public transportation. The station is accessible via a lighted path and a new 25 foot footbridge built by Dakota. The community features 48 affordable rental units in one large building within walking distance from several small retail and service amenities along Route 27.  
MEETING THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS
BROOKSIDE TERRACE
Phase 1 of Brookside Terrace in East Greenwich, RI is complete. Prior to this project, there was virtually no affordable housing in East Greenwich – the wealthiest municipality in Rhode Island with a median household income of $130,000. Brookside Terrace will now provide safe and comfortable homes to individuals and families who might otherwise be priced out of this neighborhood.

The need and demand for rental housing options is strong in East Greenwich, where less than 5% of the town’s housing stock is considered ‘affordable,’” said Carol Ventura, Executive Director of RIHousing. “We’re excited to see Phase 1 of Brookside Terrace come to fruition, as it provides much-needed affordable homes in a highly desirable community with only limited affordable apartment options.”

Built on a formerly vacant 17.2-acre site, Brookside Terrace’s beautiful, contemporary buildings and lush open spaces for residents to enjoy are a welcome addition to the area. The community is immediately accessible from Route 2 (South County Trail) and conveniently located near the area’s downtown restaurant and shopping district.
Thank you to NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire for organizing recent resource fairs and community enrichment activities for our residents at Kensington Woods in Bedford, NH & Pine Valley Lofts in Milford, NH. These events help us to achieve our mission to create housing that matters!
AROUND TOWN
Dakota principal, Roberto Arista, has been busy representing Dakota!

He was recently a guest on O'Neill and Associates' podcast OA on Air with Cosmo Macero Jr.

They covered affordable housing & Passive House in this informative and entertaining interview.

Check it out HERE

Roberto's segment begins at the 26:45 mark.

Roberto was also a featured panelist at BISNOW Boston’s The Future of New England Multifamily event in November where he spoke about the impact of working from home on multifamily construction & design.
Steve Kominski, Matt Abraham & Mark Pilotte attended a Top Golf Live event at Fenway with colleagues from Sheehan Phinney in November.

Competition was fierce between the three, but Matt came out on top with Steve a close second. 
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST EMPLOYEES
Dakota is growing and we're pleased to welcome our newest employees to the Dakota Team.
Judi Hilton, Chief Operating Officer
Alan Olans, Controller
Greg Collins, Construction Procurement Manager
Sharon Hallissey, AP Specialist
Kelli Stanley, Executive Assistant
If you would like to discuss land or acquisition opportunities with us, please contact leads@dakotapartners.net
The ideal piece of property will fulfill this criteria:
  • Suburban Location: 5+ acres of developable land to build between 72 – 120+ units within 3-story garden style apartment buildings. For infill urban areas, 1-3+ acres depending upon zoning and density allowances.
  • Site currently zoned for multi-family by right.
  • Utilities to the site, including public water, sewer and electrical.
  • Walkable to local services, retail and/or commercial areas & within 1/2 mile of a Transit Oriented Development area.
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