Officials visit Chestnut ManorState officials, Arlington Select Board members and Arlington Housing Authority employees at Chestnut Manor last month. EOHLC Secretary Edward Augustus is seated fourth from the left in the front row. / AHA photo Chestnut Manor, a 100-unit building for elderly and disabled residents, recently completed a $1.3 million project expected to cut energy use by more than half.  The property is managed by the Arlington Housing Authority, or AHA, which oversaw this project along with Action for Boston Community Development and with Eversource, an AHA news release said.

Edward Augustus, secretary of the state executive office of housing and livable communities, visited  Dec. 19. “The weatherization and heat-pump improvements being made in Arlington public housing not only reduce the carbon footprint in our housing, but they also enhance the lives of our residents, creating more livable communities where people can live in dignity,”he was quoted as saying.

Augustus previously was city manager for Worcester, where he helped create several housing units for residents of varying incomes levels. According to the Massachusetts government website, Augustus served eight years as chief administrative and executive officer of the “Gateway City” of more than 200,000 people and oversaw the distribution of $25.3 million to various low-income housing groups and organizations, helping to develop more than 2,000 affordable housing units throughout the city.

According to an article by Masslive, the Chestnut Manor project entailed changing the shell building, including weatherization and replacement of each unit’s doors and windows. More than 100 new heat pumps were also installed. With cold temperatures now a reality this winter, the improvements are hoped to drastically decrease the manor's annual energy consumption. Improvements were made at Chestnut Manor.

Initial conversations about this project began two years ago, according to AHA Executive Director Jack Nagle. These improvements are considered one of the larger-scale environmental upgrade projects that the state is working on -- and part of Gov. Maura Healey's proposal to invest $1.6 billion into the public housing stock.

"We are so thankful to all those involved and look forward to continuing to identify ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and address sustainability concerns," Nagle wrote to YourArlington.

According to its website, “The Arlington Housing Authority operates several housing assistance programs, which provide direct housing in government-owned developments or subsidized housing in privately owned dwellings for persons of low or very low income.” 

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This item based on information from Jack Nagle, executive director of the AHA, and online sources, was published Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. 

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