In 2005, AHF submitted a proposal to rehabilitate Hoosac Stores, a brick warehouse on the edge of the Charlestown Navy Yard, into the new home of the North Bennet Street School. This move provided a bold vision for the future of this historic site on Boston's waterfront. The School, which has been training students in handcraft skills for over one hundred years, has been located at the same site in Boston's North End since 1885. Hoosac Stores offered the School an opportunity for growth, and the site's Freedom Trail location offered an increase in visibility. The proposal, developed as a response to a National Park Service RFP, was accepted in April 2005. Unfortunately, as planning proceeded, the School determined that they were not prepared to undertake the project and withdrew from the proposal.
AHF continues to work with the Park Service to find a viable redevelopment concept for the site. Historic structures on Boston's waterfront that have not been redeveloped are rare commodities that require thoughtful and creative solutions. While this site presents many challenges, AHF believes in its potential and continues to work on finding an appropriate use.