Inbox [May 18]: $28M fix set for Washington Heights, Abby’s House marks 40 years, WPI and Clark make another list, Petricore CEO honored

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May18-MassDevelopmentLogo$28M upgrade coming to Washington Heights

MassDevelopment has issued a $28 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Washington Heights Preservation Limited Partnership. The organization is using bond proceeds to buy and renovate the 404-unit multi-family affordable housing complex known as Washington Heights on Williamsberg Drive off Mill Street.

Planned renovations include bathrooms, kitchens, fire alarm and electrical upgrades; new air conditioning units, HVAC equipment and security system; and common area painting. Other upgrades include new vinyl siding, roofs and gutters; balcony and parking lot repairs; and improved outdoor community areas.

This project will preserve Washington Heights as affordable housing for 30 years.  MassDevelopment also assisted the Department of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low-income housing tax credits, which will generate about $16.2 million in equity for the project.

Read the entire story on the MassDevelopment website

Liberty Farm

Courtesy Abby's House

Liberty Farm

Abby’s House anniversary celebration continues

The celebration of the 40th anniversary of Abby’s House continues this weekend at Liberty Farm, 116 Mower St. “A Celebration of Abby Kelley Foster’s Legacy and 40 Years of Abby’s House a Liberty Farm” takes place 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees can meet the “Foster Family” as portrayed by the Lydick family, hear founder Annette Rafferty tell the history of Abby’s House, tour Liberty Farm [a National Historic Landmark], learn about the Underground Railroad with park ranger Chuck Arning and more.

Read the entire story on Abby’s House website

Two Worcester colleges ranked among country’s most liberal

WPI and Clark University are in the top 20 nationally and among the top five most liberal colleges and universities in Massachusetts, according to rankings recently released by Crowdpac.

Crowdpac says its mission is “give politics back to people — to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs.”

Its list of most liberal colleges and universities ranks Amherst College eighth and UMass-Amherst 13th, with WPI (14th) and Clark (15th) right behind.

See the entire list on

Ryan Canuel, left, and his Petricore team

Courtesy MassDIGI

Ryan Canuel, left, and his Petricore team

Worcester Chamber names Becker alum Entrepreneur of the Year

Just a year ago, Ryan Canuel (Becker class of 2015) took a leap of faith. He started up a game development company in Worcester. Last May, along with Becker College classmates Aaron Lin, Christina Andriano, Oliver Awat, Chris Bruno and James Spavold, Petricore Inc. opened for business. On Thursday, Canuel will be named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Awards Ceremony.

“This year has been an amazing one for Petricore,” said Canuel, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “We took a big risk but with what we learned at Becker as a foundation along with a lot of local support, we felt there was no better time to give it a shot. And, to cap it all off, being named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Worcester Chamber is a true honor.”

Read the entire story on the Becker College website

— Cindy Henderson

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