Schochet Press Releases

  • Lawyers Clearinghouse Honors The Schochet Companies President Richard J. Henken at Annual Meeting Published 3 months ago
    Henken officially joined Schochet as its Executive Vice President in 1997, after having been affiliated with, and an advisor to, the company for more than a decade.  In 2004, Mr. Henken became President of Schochet Companies including Schochet Development, Schochet Investments, and Schochet Property Management.  Since joining the company Mr. Henken has been responsible for closing transactions valued in excess of $400 million, including the acquisition and preservation as affordable of 2,800+ apartments in 16 developments. Event Chair Nick Moise, senior vice president and director of commercial real estate at Eastern Banks, said, “I don’t think there is another person in the industry as generous and as thoughtful as Rick when it comes to stepping up to the plate. If I have a cause that I need some help with, Rick has been my first call over the years. He’s a great guy and a great friend.” Henken sits on several Boards, including the Catholic Schools Foundation Inner City Scholarship Fund where he is past President; the Rental Housing Association of Greater Boston Real Estate Board, where he is past President, ...
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    The NAHP-e certification was conceived and designed to recognize those individuals who own, operate, manage, or assist in the management of affordable housing.  The NAHP-e designation is awarded to the affordable housing managers who meet NAHMA’s stringent requirements in the areas of education, experience, and ethical conduct.  Flad, Schochet’s COO since 2009, is responsible for the firm’s corporate and property operations, capital projects, leasing, regulatory compliance, and staff development and empowerment. Since 1983, Mr. Flad has actively managed and repositioned A, B and C grade market rate, tax credit, and subsidized, multifamily investment assets. He has held select executive and senior level corporate positions in the real estate industry, most notably Vice President and Partner at The Boston Financial Group, a national owner and manager of multifamily investments, and Principal of New Facets Consulting, a practice specializing in organizational change management and project management for real estate firms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Boston University and a Master of City Planning degree from MIT. He has also earned certificates from the Mid-Career Executive Program ...
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  • Retirement Housing Foundation and The Schochet Companies Preserve an Affordable Housing Community in Attleboro, MA Published 4 months ago
    Hillcrest Acres Apartments is an expired Rent Supplement and Section 236 property, with a mixed income, but mostly affordable, resident population.  With all affordability restrictions having expired, the project was at high risk of being lost to a market rate buyer, potentially leading to community disruption and displacement of many lower income households. “I am pleased to welcome Hillcrest Acres to the RHF family of 198 communities,” Dr. Laverne Joseph, President and CEO of RHF.  “There is a large and growing need for affordable housing and we are doing our best to address that need.” With the goal of preserving this critical asset as affordable, the development team worked tirelessly  with the property owner for over a year to reach agreement on a transaction which would satisfy the seller while also allowing for long term preservation of the property. To facilitate preservation, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) has provided a $8.4M acquisition loan allowing for a bridge to a low income housing tax credit transaction which, coupled with financing and funding from other public sources, will allow for a ...
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    Weber was most recently director of engineering, plant operations & maintenance at Falmouth Hospital.  Immediately prior to that, he was facility manager, plant operations & maintenance at Cape Cod Hospital.  In both positions, he managed and oversaw all aspects of Cape Cod Healthcare’s buildings, grounds, maintenance, construction, aesthetics, and budgeting for a 16-building portfolio, which included resident rehab centers and nursing facilities, ensuring that the facility remained in compliance with all local, state, and federal healthcare regulations. Weber graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering in 2008, following which he worked in the offshore drilling industry for eight years, where he was responsible for commissioning, operation, and maintenance of marine and oil drilling systems, gaining experience with complex mechanical systems.  Subsequently, he obtained his United States Coast Guard license as Chief Engineer and embarked upon a career on-shore, including serving as an engineering consultant for CO Energy and Engineering, where he provided a suite of commissioning services for healthcare, commercial, residential, industrial and institutional industries including planning and commissioning services for emergency power systems; complying with ...
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  • Fenway CDC and Schochet close $53 million Tax Credit Equity and Construction Financing for Newcastle Saranac Apartments Published 6 months ago
    Constructed in the late 1890s and rehabilitated into Section 13A family housing in the 1970s, the Newcastle Saranac Apartments had recently reached the maturity of the Section 13A mortgage. The expiration of these affordability restrictions put the building at risk of being converted to market rate units and threatened to displace many families who have called this property their home for generations. In January 2019, partnering with the Schochet Companies, Fenway CDC acquired the project with bridge debt financing from the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), thus preserving its affordability for current and future tenants.  Funds also came from the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development off site Inclusionary Development Policy program. As part of the construction closing, the CEDAC debt has been repaid and the project has entered into a tax credit partnership with R4 Capital LLC to fund the rehabilitation and modernization of the two historic buildings that comprise the development.  With tremendous funding and support from the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Massachusetts Housing Finance ...
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  • South End Mixed-Income Housing Community Will Undergo Major Renovation and the Preservation of Affordability with $30.3 million in MassHousing Financing Published 6 months ago
    BOSTON – July 21, 2020 –  MassHousing has provided a total of $30.3 million in affordable housing financing to the Fenway Community Development Corporation for the refinancing, major renovation, and preservation of affordability for mixed-income households at the 97-unit Newcastle Saranac in Boston's South End. Fenway CDC—in partnership with the Schochet Companies—acquired Newcastle Saranac through Chapter 40T, after the MassHousing Section 13A mortgage expired in March 2018 and the former owner intended to sell the property, putting the property’s 97 affordable units at risk of converting to market-rate rents. "The deep affordability of these units for nearly a hundred households, contrasted with the rents of market-rate housing in the area, made their preservation especially critical for maintaining the vibrancy and diversity of the neighborhood," said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. "Thanks to a strong collaborative effort by the Commonwealth, the City of Boston, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, the Fenway CDC, the Schochet Companies and the residents of Newcastle Saranac, the community will see affordable homes preserved and substantially renovated. MassHousing is pleased to be a partner in this important transaction." "In Boston, we are ...
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    Financed through MassHousing, Riverside Towers is designated for occupancy by elderly and disabled residents.  Of 200 units, 199 receive direct rent subsidy under a HUD Project-Based Section 8 HAP contract.  With adjacency to the Medford Senior Center and proximity to mass transit and the vibrant Medford Square shopping and restaurant district there is a sizable waiting list for apartments.  The Schochet Companies, which was also a partner in the previous ownership team, has been the management agent for the property since 2007 and will continue in that role.  Richard Henken, president of The Schochet Companies, stated that the ownership transition will not result in any immediate significant changes, with key management staff continuing to ensure day-to-day operations continue uninterrupted. Longer term plans include a significant investment in common area modernization, upgrades to dwelling units, and enhanced social services geared toward quality of life and health and wellness improvements for the community.   Specifically, new ownership expects to: upgrade apartments with modern finishes, fixtures and appliances repurpose and modernize common amenity areas to provide on-site health services, a fitness center, a business center, ...
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    Portsmouth, RI, September 25, 2019 – The Schochet Companies today announced that it has acquired the Bay View Estates apartment community in Portsmouth.   The Schochet Companies, a full-service real estate development and management company, owns and/or manages more than 5,000 apartments throughout New England and employs more than 170 individuals.  The company’s history on, and commitment to, Aquidneck Island spans nearly fifty years since its formation by the late Jay R. Schochet, a long-time Newport resident, in 1973.   Located 20 minutes from Newport and 35 minutes from downtown Providence, the 26-acre Bay View offers panoramic views of Narragansett Bay along with such amenities as a swimming pool and fitness center, tennis courts, BBQ grills, community gardens, internet café, and community room.   Schochet assumed the role of management agent from Chestnut Hill Realty.   Richard Henken, Schochet Companies’ president, said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to acquire this beautiful, lovingly maintained property from Chestnut Hill Realty and will strive to enhance the excellent service that Bay View residents have come to expect from their management team.”   For more information, or to schedule a property ...
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  • Eagle Scout Project and Dedication Ceremony at Seabury Heights Published last year
    Jacqueline and Michael Thomas spent 17 happy years at Seabury Heights, a Retirement Housing Foundation property managed by The Schochet Companies in Worcester, MA, so when their grandson wanted to dedicate his Eagle Scout project to their memory, he knew exactly the most meaningful way to do it.  Sean Thomas, a 17-year-old member of Troop 9, worked for months on planning, fund-raising, brickwork, weeding, planting, and building a bench in the flagpole area of Seabury Heights to honor the memory of his grandparents.  On August 28, Seabury dedicated the refurbished area and celebrated Sean’s accomplishments at a ceremony which included remarks by a long-time friend and neighbor of the Thomases along with Seabury and Schochet officials and the Troop 9 scout master.  Sean said he chose the flagpole area for his scout project to honor his grandfather’s service as a US Army veteran and he selected Seabury Heights because the property and its residents meant so much to his grandparents.
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  • Riverside Village Celebrates Back-To-School Published last year
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    Public officials and executives of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) and the Schochet Companies recently celebrated the completed rehabilitation of Symphony Plaza, one of the only affordable housing communities for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in Boston’s Back Bay area. The 403-unit elderly community is comprised of 188 units in Symphony East and 215 units in Symphony West including 116 studios, 260 one-bedroom and 28 two-bedroom elderly housing units.   The property’s two buildings, one 14 stories, and the other 16 stories, were constructed in 1980 as two developments formerly known as Symphony Plaza East and Symphony Plaza West.  The owner, RHF of Long Beach, CA, recently refinanced and performed moderate rehabilitation work to modernize the property and comply with current code standards.    Rehabilitation work included fire and safety code upgrades and improvements, major building systems improvements such as window replacements, exterior skin improvements which included waterproofing and stabilization, interior and exterior common area improvements, handicapped accessibility improvements, and selected unit modernization improvements.    The Development was financed by a creative combination of resources provided by Mass Housing, the Massachusetts Department of Housing ...
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      Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) and the Schochet Companies recently celebrated the refinancing and long-term preservation as affordable of King James Court and Pine Crest Apartments comprised of 234 elderly and family affordable apartments in Orange, Massachusetts.  The transaction will also enable an extensive $8 million capital improvement program, which began this spring. King James Court is an elderly property with 100% of the 120 units subsidized under Project Based Section 8. Pine Crest is a family property with 114 units subsidized by a combination of Massachusetts rental vouchers, project-based vouchers, and Section 236. In the combined project there are 138 one-bedroom units, 72 two-bedroom units, 18 three-bedroom units, and 6 four-bedroom units. The Schochet Companies manages the property for RHF, a faith-based non-profit.  The two companies undertook this refinancing and rehabilitation project to ensure that the property is preserved indefinitely as an affordable housing asset. To accomplish these goals, the transaction was financed with a mix of tax-exempt bond financing from MassHousing, 4% low income housing tax credits, a Massachusetts Department of Housing and a Community Development loan from the ...
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An Unstable Living Situation

An Unstable Living Situation
By Yvonne Abraham, 
Boston Globe Columnist  

(October 10, 2013) What does a 91-year-old woman in a tumbledown home in Brighton have in common with a wealthy, ethically iffy congressman from Harlem?

They share a landlord, amazingly enough, and what a piece of work that landlord is. But that, sadly, is where their stories diverge.

Binnall House knitting club donates winter clothing items to HOPE

Nonprofit’s work with women, children cited. 

By Melissa Sandford
News Staff Writer, Gardner News

GARDNER (September 12, 2013)—Items from a table piled high with hand-crafted mittens, scarves and blankets were recently presented to House of Peace and Education Executive Director Christian Orobello by members of the Binnall House’s newly-founded knitting club.

The Schochet Companies Earns Green Accreditation under HUD Initiative

Earlier this month The Schochet Companies, an industry-leading real estate  firm based in Boston with properties throughout New England, received full SPI-HUD Accreditation for their efforts in sustainability throughout their portfolio.

Helping Hands Food Pantry Serves Up Weekly Staples and a Cambridge Food Festival

First in a Series on Hunger and Health in Cambridge

Fresh Pond Apartments Cambridge, MA
Saint James Episcopal Church 1991 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Being out in the warmth of a spring breeze is a just little bit unusual for the folks who run the Helping Hands Food Pantry. The pantry staff are more used to the usual routine: moving boxes, stocking shelves and managing volunteers in a ground level space of the Fresh Pond apartments, where the Helping Hands Food Pantry is located. This spring, sponsors and staff of the Helping Hands Food Pantry got a chance to socialize with families they serve at an outdoor food festival, and a chance to experience the communal aspects of food and community in a more lighthearted way. It was a pleasure to witness.

Retirement Housing Foundation, The Schochet Companies, and Riverside Village Apartments Host First Annual National Night Out 2013 Celebration

(Leominster, MA) August 12, 2013 – All across the country, communities are taking a stance against crime. On August 6th, residents of Riverside Village Apartments,  Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis, members of local fire department,  law enforcement, and  community agencies along with a host of local businesses came together to celebrate National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime.

Boston Business Journal: Executive Profile - Richard “Rick” Henken

To understand the success of the Schochet Companies, one needs to know a little about the arcane, highly regulated world of affordable housing. It’s a niche of the real estate industry ruled by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with layers of paperwork and programs like Section 8.

Most traditional real estate developers glance at the tangled bureaucracy and head for the exit. Where’s the profit in being regulated?

Hartford Celebrates Rededication Of Capitol Towers

Hartford News: Hartford Celebrates Rededication Of Capitol Towers, a high rise community for the elderly.

Retirement Housing Foundation, The Schochet Companies, and Community Leaders Celebrate Rededication of Capitol Towers

National faith-based non-profit Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) and industry-leading management services firm The Schochet Companies mark completion of $1.77 million in renovations with community celebration

The Schochet Companies Honored as a 2013 Greenovate Boston Residential Award Recipient for Leadership in Sustainability

Leading Boston-based property management company reduces energy consumption by 10 percent, greenhouse gas emission down 2,000 tons per year. 

The Schochet Companies Marks 40 Years of Excellence in Real Estate with Launch of New Brand

The Schochet Companies celebrates four decades of industry-leading real estate development and management services with updated name as company continues growth and expansion.