Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

Mary T. Ronan Apartment Complex

Working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing) hired Jones Payne to assist in an elderly adaptive reuse project at the Mary T. Ronan Apartment Complex, located in the Beachmont neighborhood of Revere, MA. Jones Payne was part of a team responsible for creating 20 units for Section 8, specialized elderly housing. The team took careful measures to preserve the façade and primary building elements of the complex, while creating light and airy units for its tenants.

The apartment complex, formerly the Mary T. Ronan School, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is exemplary of adaptive use of historic properties for a new and different purpose.


  • Replaced the original monumental wood windows in the former classroom spaces with locally-fabricated, insulated windows that met Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) criteria.
  • The reuse featured a tenant recreation facility, a neighborhood drop-in center and a 3rd floor “solarium” with views of downtown Boston.

Residential Sound Insulation Program

Jones Payne worked in collaboration with MassHousing under contract with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to sound insulate the Mary T. Ronan Apartment complex. In compliance with Massport’s Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP), Jones Payne provided design and construction administration services to reduce noise levels inside the building. Working closely with MHC, Jones Payne completed an extensive window replacement project, providing acoustically-rated windows that met all historic requirements.

Massport created the RSIP to enhance airport/community relations and quality of life for residents living in noise-impacted communities surrounding Boston Logan International Airport.


  • Coordinated the re-design with MHC, including a Section 106 Review for approval of product selection, configuration and finishes.
  • The RSIP maintained the structure’s Part 2 Certification status.
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