Salem Towers becomes more accessible
July 15, 2012 by James
A Malden housing facility for senior citizens has been recognized for a recent and very creative renovation.
Congressman Ed Markey and Senator Scott Brown traveled to Malden to personally visit Salem Towers to have a tour of the facility and to present representatives with the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for Senior Housing. Award ceremonies can offer opportunities for print companies to undertake banner printing to announce the event and congratulate those involved.
Markey’s office issued a press release prior to the visit, praising Salem Towers for choosing to undertake a renovation that was dynamic and innovative in design. The senior housing facility ensures quality accommodation for seniors on a low income. Many residents were formerly homeless.
The prepared release read:
“Rep. Markey facilitated a first-in-the-nation waiver to convert enhanced vouchers to project based vouchers, enabling the rehabilitation of Salem Towers to move forward. Salem Towers is the oldest Section 202 affordable housing complex in New England.”
Up until the recent renovation, the main sidewalk outside Salem Towers was inaccessible and none of the 80-units of the 45-year-old building were accessible by handicapped residents. The principal restrooms were not able to be accessed either. There are now 18 apartments that have been retro-fitted and another elevator was constructed outside the building.
Brown and Markey represented the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition when presenting the award to Salem Tower officials. Markey said:
“At Salem Towers, they’ve not only renovated the building, they’ve revitalized the daily experiences of our seniors, who now have access to the world-class amenities they deserve.”