Falmouth Housing Trust Announces Odd Fellows Hall Fundraising Campaign

PHOTO COURTESY: Anne Connolly

PHOTO COURTESY: Anne Connolly

FALMOUTH –The Falmouth Housing Trust has launched the “Building Dreams in Falmouth Campaign”.

The campaign hopes to raise $1.2 million for the Odd Fellows Hall Project located in Falmouth’s Main Street District.

The Trust is rehabilitating Odd Fellows Hall to convert it into four micro-unit, open concept affordable apartments targeted to rent to workforce and professionals making 80 percent of the area median income in Falmouth.

“The thing that’s really cool about this project is that it is an adaptive reuse, so it’s taking an unused, really deteriorating property that has some historical significance and is an iconic landmark,” said Trust Executive Director Anne Connolly.

Originally constructed as Falmouth’s Village Grammar School in 1856, the building has been in disuse for decades.

The Town of Falmouth purchased the building in 2004 and the Trust acquired the property in 2015.

The campaign has raised 55 percent of the goal so far from private foundations and several donors to fund the Adaptive Reuse project and to build a small endowment for the Trust.

The Trust is holding an open house and tour of Odd Fellows Hall on Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

“My board of directors and I worked really hard and we’ve been so lucky to have tremendous support from the Town of Falmouth, Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting and so many other groups,” said Connolly.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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