Neighborworks of Southern Mass (NWSOMA) and Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts (HSSEM) merged and are now known as NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (NHS). The City of Brockton designated NHS to redevelop the Lincoln School property located at 70 Highland Street in Brockton. It is located within a half mile of the bus depot and train station. The property will be redeveloped into 39 units of senior housing of which three will be studios and 36 will be 1-BR apartments. NHS’s property manager HallKeen will provide on-site Resident Services to the residents. At least 16 units will be reversed for ELI households with incomes at or below 30% of AMI. Formerly homeless households will make up at least four of the 16 ELI households. The remaining 23 units will serve 60% AMI households.
The former school property is in a proposed historic district known as Blanchard Plat area. The Lincoln School is a two-story on a raised basement, Richardsonian Romanesque-style building that was constructed in two parts. The main, central block of the building was constructed in 1896 and the east and west wings were constructed in 1911. The building fronts on Highland Street on an irregularly shaped lot at the southeast corner of the intersection with Newburry Street. The lot gradually slopes to the south, providing a full-height basement at the south (rear) elevation. A sidewalk edged by concrete curbing runs along the streets. Concrete paths access the entrances in the center of the main block and each wing. A large, partially paved parking lot extends across the south and east ends of the property.
This project is proposed to absorb $100,000 of the City of Brockton’s HOME funds and the City will receive 3 HOME-assisted units to offer to low-mod income persons/families. The total developmental cost is $12,561,000.