Last fall, the City of Dover got some much-needed workforce housing thanks to The Housing Partnership! Bradley Commons, a mixed-use workforce housing project in downtown Dover, sits on the former site of St. Charles Church. The 39 one-, two-, and three-bedroom income-restricted apartment units rented out in just 90 days, which speaks to the demand for affordable housing in New Hampshire.
The units range from 590 to 1,116 square feet and rent for $778 to $946 per month for one-bedrooms, $932 to $1,133 per month for two-bedrooms, and $1,077 to $1,309 per month for three-bedrooms. Each unit comes with a parking space, but Bradley Commons is a short walk from downtown and conveniently located on the bus routes. In addition to being close to all the amenities downtown Dover has to offer, Bradley Commons also has a community room.
The French church, St. Charles Church, that Bradley Commons replaced was a beloved landmark in downtown Dover, but the stone building sat vacant for nearly a decade before church leaders sold the land to THP. The Housing Partnership was chosen to ensure the land was used for a good cause. The Housing Partnership honors the site’s past by displaying artifacts from St. Charles in the lobby of the building – and by housing people in need of an affordable space to call home.
The 14,000 square feet of commercial space that sits on the first floor is home to Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, a nonprofit that assists people in Strafford County living in poverty to help meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency by providing assistance with food, education, childcare, utility assistance, transportation, housing, and emergency shelter. For CAPSC, the move to Bradley Commons finally meant all the organization’s services, including the Head Start program, food pantry, and administrative offices, are together under one roof. Betsey Andrews Parker, Chief Executive Office for CAPSC, shared in this news article how “exciting” it was to be able to offer a “one-stop shop” for their clients. Along with CAPSC, Bradley Commons is also home to a barber shop. The remaining commercial space is currently vacant.
What makes Bradley Commons a “cool” place to live? The proximity to everything downtown Dover has to offer is pretty cool, as is any project that bakes community in, but there is nothing cooler than the stability and security that comes with being able to afford your home.
The Housing Partnership, an affordable housing developer, also provides first-time homebuyer education through their Homeward Bound Program. The Housing Partnership is currently working on phase two, which will provide 10 additional units and additional parking spaces.