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Franklin Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority relocates 

  • The Franklin County Regional Housing nad Redevelopment Authority has relocated from Canal Road to the former Hallmark Institute of Photography administrative building on Millers Falls Road. May 16, 2018. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—PAUL FRANZ

  • New home of Franklin Regional HRA. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • The Franklin County Regional Housing nad Redevelopment Authority has relocated from Canal Road to the former Hallmark Institute of Photography administrative building on Millers Falls Road. May 16, 2018. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—PAUL FRANZ



Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 17, 2018

MONTAGUE — Franklin Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is relocating to a bigger and better facility after 40 years in the same spot.

After being at 42 Canal St. in Turners Falls for four decades, it is in the process of relocating to 241 Millers Falls Road near the Industrial Park. The new location, in one of the former Hallmark Institute of Photography buildings, opened Wednesday. The office number, fax number and email addresses will remain the same.

Executive Director Frances Pheeny says that the housing board moved because the old building was “substantially smaller” than what was needed.

“This new building has a lot of additional space,” Pheeny said, explaining that the previous location was not well suited to office space. “The other building kept being retrofitted (to our needs). It was an old mill building.”

The bigger building will give the agency the ability to hold classes and meet with groups on site, but Pheeny says this will not stop the housing authority from going out in the community.

Another perk to the new location is that it’s on at least two bus routes so people can more easily access it. It will be fully handicap accessible.

The new building cost $550,000 and the state provided them with a 24 percent subsidy up front.

“We’re really excited,” Pheeny said. “Everyone is so happy about this move.”

HRA serves Franklin County’s housing and community development needs, working with residents to successfully access a variety of housing resources. It also collaborates with Franklin County municipalities to apply for and administer grant funding for community-based and infrastructure projects.