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NeighborWorks Housing Breaks Ground on Brockton Transit-Oriented Development

March 08, 2024
Groundbreaking at 1200 Montello St, Brockton MA

Brockton — NeighborWorks® Housing Solutions (NHS), the leading housing service provider in southeastern Massachusetts, held a groundbreaking celebration at 1200 Montello Street in Brockton, Massachusetts, the future home of the Brockton South Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

The transformative mixed-use, mixed-income rental development, located directly adjacent to the Brockton Campello Commuter Rail Station, will encompass 94 units of affordable housing and ground-floor neighborhood-level retail in one of the Commonwealth’s critically important Gateway Cities. As an in-fill and smart-growth project with Passive House design, the development will rejuvenate the former site of a truck repair shop and brownfield tow yard to create a sustainable, affordable vibrant residential community that minimizes environmental impact and boosts social benefits.

The 1200 Montello Street development is the first to break ground within the city’s new Campello TOD Master-Plan Residential District.

In attendance at the February 29th mid-morning groundbreaking ceremony were Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan and Secretary Edward Augustus, of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC), as well as Rob May, Brockton’s director of planning and economic development; Brockton City Councilor Susan Nicastro; State Representative Michelle DuBois; State Representative Rita Mendes; Mark Lannigan from the office of Senator Edward Markey; Keyana Adarkwah from the office of Congressman Stephen Lynch; Dottie Fulginiti, vice president of community investment for MassDevelopment; CEDAC’s Affordable Housing Project Manager Will Morgan; and representatives of NEI General Contracting.

In his remarks, Mayor Sullivan pointed out that this is one of many recent projects spearheaded by NeighborWorks Housing Solutions in Brockton over the last few years. The organization broke ground last spring on a project to convert the former Lincoln School into senior housing and also led the development of Sycamore on Main, a mixed-use community in the heart of downtown Brockton.

“This project is the type of smart transit-oriented development that will help us navigate our way through the housing crisis,” said Secretary Augustus. “Congratulations to NeighborWorks Housing Solutions and the city of Brockton for your thoughtful partnership and for creating more housing so the people of Brockton can afford to live and work here. I look forward to returning for the ribbon-cutting when families get to call this beautiful new project home.”

“This project represents comprehensive community development at its best,” added Robert Corley, CEO of NeighborWorks Housing Solutions. “The need for affordable housing in this region is immense, and this project is best-in-class, offering 94 units of mixed-income, all affordable, and some deeply affordable. We are so grateful for everyone who has contributed to get us to this point, and we can’t wait to come back and welcome the first residents to this new community.”

Funding for the project was provided by the city of Brockton, the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, U.S. Congress/Community Project Funding (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023), Dorfman Capital, Hudson Housing Capital, The Life Initiative, MassDevelopment, MassHousing, and Neighborhood Housing Finance Corporation.

The development team is comprised of NEI General Contracting, Utile, McPhail & Associates, WinnResidential, JK Holmgren Engineering, Inc., Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Munkenbeck Consulting, and Klein Hornig.