Winn Cos. Lauded for New Bedford Preservation

New England Business Bulletin

Award winners: (l-r) John Keith, president, Keith Construction; James Igoe, president, Preservation Massachusetts and Larry Curtis, managing partner, Winn Development Companies gather at the 21st Annual Preservation Massachusetts Awards dinner for the presentation of the prestigious Paul E. Tsongas Award to Winn Development for their historic preservation efforts at New Bedford’s Whaler’s Place.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Preservation Massachusetts, a statewide non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage, has recognized Winn Development Companies with the prestigious Paul E. Tsongas Award for their historic preservation efforts at New Bedford’s Whaler’s Place.
Winn redeveloped the southern portion of the historic waterfront Whitman Mill into affordable housing known today as Whaler’s Place. Originally built in 1894, the property has housed a garment and textile factory, a wholesale store and is now home to 75 one and two-bedroom apartments and townhouses for residents age 55 and older.
At the recent 21st Annual Awards Dinner, Preservation Massachusetts recognized Winn Companies efforts in creating much needed affordable senior housing while effectively rehabilitating and reusing a piece of New Bedford’s history.
On hand to accept the award on behalf of Winn Companies were Larry Curtis, managing partner, and senior vice president Jon Rudzinski. They were joined by the project architect, The Architectural Team of Chelsea, along with Keith Construction of Stoughton, the construction manager for Whaler’s Place.
“It is really exciting to be a part of a project, that has such a fascinating history,” said Larry Curtis. “We are proud to be able to preserve that history in a way that will benefit the community for years to come.”
In addition to the Tsongas Award, Winn Companies has also received the 2007 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association for its work at Whaler’s Place.
Adding to the evening’s accolades for Winn Companies was the awarding of a second Tsongas for their work at the Baker Square II property in Dorchester where they continue to rehabilitate the historic chocolate factory mills into 60 units of quality rental housing while retaining the historic charm and providing an economic boost to the area.
In late May, Winn Development Companies was also recognized for their historic preservation efforts by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for their efforts to restore the historic values at the Apartments at Boott Mills in Lowell.
Headquartered in Boston with over 2,000 employees, Winn Companies has over 35 years of experience in the development and management of properties throughout the United States with real estate holdings valued in excess of $1.5 billion
June 27, 2008
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