Brockton, MA – On May 24, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (NHS) celebrated the groundbreaking of 37 units of affordable housing for seniors at the site of the former Lincoln School, 70 Highland Street in Brockton. Plans are underway, and the renovations are estimated to take between 18-24 months.
The historic restoration project brings together multiple agency partners to provide tax credits, additional funding, construction, and supportive services. The Lincoln School project will convert a historic former elementary school, originally constructed in the 1890s, into 37 modern one-bedroom and studio apartments for seniors. In addition, once complete, residents will have access to on-site services designed to help them stay connected in their community.
“We’re excited to finally be moving forward on this historic restoration,” said Robert Corley, CEO of NHS. “We are grateful to have the support of so many at the state and local level, including the overwhelming support of Mayor Robert Sullivan of Brockton.”
Several city and state officials, including Mayor Sullivan; Rob May, director of planning and economic development for the city of Brockton; State Representative Rita Mendes; Noelle Humphries, assistant director of real estate development at NHS; Alma Balonon-Rosen, senior relationship manager at Massachusetts Housing Partnership; and Will Morgan, senior project manager at Community Economic Development Assistance Corp.; were in attendance and spoke on behalf of the project.
Following the formal ceremony, attendees were given a brief tour of the building to view the unique and historic aspects of the former school.
“There is so much that goes into developments like the Lincoln School,” said Humphries. “When I started at NHS in 2019, this was one of the projects I wanted to take the lead on. I am so excited to finally be part of the groundbreaking and am looking forward to cutting the ribbon on this much needed housing in the coming 18 to 24 months.”