Auburn, MA – NEI General Contracting announced it has completed the Mary D. Stone Apartments, a mixed-income community with 55 units for seniors 62 and older located at 10 Church Street in Auburn, for Pennrose. A grand opening ceremony was held on May 5.
The historic redevelopment plan of the 1920s school building includes the renovation of the historic school, demolition of later built additions, and construction of a new addition. The new community offers studio, one-, and two-bedroom affordable and market rate apartment homes. Eighty percent of the units at Mary D. Stone Apartments will be available for seniors at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI), starting at $29,550. The remaining 20% of units will be leased at market rate rents.
The contemporary apartments feature modern kitchen finishes with electric range and dishwasher, spacious closets, central A/C, on-site laundry facilities, and 24-hour emergency maintenance. Community amenities include secured access entry, professionally landscaped grounds, on-site management, and community lounges and public meeting space. NEI blended the historic finishes from the existing school into the new addition by reusing doors from the original school and recreating entry doors to match and meet accessibility requirements.
With a company-wide commitment to DEI, NEI exceeded the goal for MBE/WBE contractor and minority work force participation on this project. Over 30% of contract dollars were given to MBE or WBE subcontractors and additionally, over 45% of the labor hours were performed by workers of color.
The project team for the Mary D. Stone Apartments also includes DiMella Shaffer, architect; Nitsch Engineering, civil engineer; AKF, MEP/FP engineer; L.A. Fuess Partners, structural engineer; and Crowley Cottrell, LLC, landscape architect.