Community Housing Initiative’s latest effort in Spencer is to take over the Sunset Retirement Home which currently offers 100 one-bedroom and efficiency apartments. Opened in three phases between 1965 and 1997, the property has been a vital option for hundreds of seniors in the community, but after as long as a half century in service, the property is in need of significant upgrades.
In 2017, Community Housing Initiatives successfully received housing tax credits which will finance a renovation to Sunset, with work starting in 2018. The renovation will consolidate smaller efficiency apartments into larger one-bedroom floor plans, bringing the total number of apartments to 91 when work is complete. Apartments will also get welcome upgrades like in-unit laundry, new appliances, and more. The building will be open throughout the renovations, which are expected to be complete in 2019.