Boston – Residences at Brighton Marine, the 102-unit veterans housing project, has just opened in Boston.
Located in the growing Allston-Brighton neighborhood, the $46 million transit-oriented project was master planned and designed by the firm TAT for the developer WinnDevelopment, and Brighton Marine, a nonprofit veterans’ organization.
With a full complement of onsite clinical, behavioral health, and family services and a variety of mixed-income and permanent supportive apartment homes for different veteran populations — including those with families and the formerly homeless — the new community is one of the largest veterans’ developments nationwide, and the first such complex of this scale to open in Boston since World War II.
According to Brighton Marine, this kind of non-profit/for-profit partnership is rare in the veterans’ housing sector. Reflecting this unique collaboration, funding for the Residences at Brighton Marine came from a diverse array of sources including MassHousing, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, and Bank of America, which provided a $31 million construction loan and is investing more than $24 million of private tax credit equity.
The LEED Gold-certified community combines a new six-story building with an adapted historic structure to form a 1.44-acre campus with 11 studio apartments, 47 one-bedroom units, 33 two-bedrooms, and 11 three-bedroom homes. Eleven of the development’s units are set aside for households earning 30% of the area median income (AMI), with 59 units at 60% of the AMI, 10 units at 80% of the AMI, and the remaining 22 units at 120% of the AMI. It is situated blocks away from a local job center and public transit.