1755 STRATFORD AVENUE
In June of 2003, BNF (currently Community Capital Fund) helped Deborah Francis, and her business partner Crystal Profitt, purchase 1755 Stratford Avenue, a nine unit brick building needing complete renovations. Motivated by the City’s lack of decent affordable housing, Deborah is rehabiliting the building into modern units.
2126 SEAVIEW AVENUE
When developer John Bello received his tenth loan to rehabilitate 2126 Seaview Avenue, the project included complete interior and exterior house repairs, landscaping, and fixing the sidewalks, and curbs. The restoration was contagious as neighbors followed Bello’s lead and had their sidewalks re-cemented as well.
1003 EAST MAIN ST.
For a number of years, 1001-1007 East Main Street was a project just waiting to happen. Fortunately in 2000, Bridgeport resident Edwin Soto came along. Needing a new place for his insurance business, he discovered the rundown brick building, and leapt at its commercial and residential potential. With BNF (currently Community Capital Fund) financing, Edwin bought the building and began the process of renovations. Today the building houses four families and three businesses.
1737 STRATFORD AVENUE
The Hilltop Hotel at 86 Pequonnock Street was a notorious flophouse in dilapidated condition and overrun with vermin. Astonishingly, people lived there. Now known as Landmark Studios, the 50-unit building is an inviting, homey residence with studio apartments and single rooms sharing modernized bath and kitchen facilities.