The old fencing at Sweetwater Square was a stark example of the problem that faced Fairstead after acquiring this property: neglected infrastructure. But one yearlong rehabilitation later, the transformation of Sweetwater Square stands as a model for future work of this kind. Each of the one- to four-bedroom apartments underwent gut renovations that added new cabinetry, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, and low-flow fixtures. New windows, roofs, HVAC systems and a renovated playground highlight the external work. A focus on landscaping, including new-tree plantings, refreshed the property and its curb appeal. Security measures were also enhanced with new lighting and state-of the-art cameras, a newly hired security detail, centralized access control and new fencing has made the property much more secure as well.
As a condition of acquiring the property, Fairstead gained an extension to its Section-8 status, ensuring a long-term commitment to this level of upkeep at an affordable price point for Sweetwater’s residents. At the same time, the social services team in partnership with an array of community organizations has done its part to improve quality of life at Sweetwater Square. Residents now have access to care, including community events and meal service. And as Fairstead extended the Section-8 status of this property when it acquired it, residents can be assured of enjoying this access — as well as the other changes — for years to come.