Senior housing project approaches reality

October 20, 2018 by  

The proposal for elderly housing at Shirley Commons will be coming to fruition.

Shirley intersects Devens, along with Ayer and Harvard, and all four were instrumental in moving along the project so that designs, tentative approvals, and funding applications could be completed. They all changed their zoning laws, which will allow for construction of the project. This is scheduled to begin in the spring of next year.

The project is funded by two economic initiatives in Massachusetts and will have 58 affordable housing units. The eligibility of seniors who can live there will be based on their individual household income, as opposed to a comparison with the median income of the area. The Department of Housing and Community Development will provide funding of $2.3m to subsidize the rentals.

State Senator Jamie Eldridge said that the complex is important as its location will enable seniors to live close to amenities such as the commuter rail and town offices.

Regulatory authority over the project which includes issuing and approving of permits and certifying all work will be carried out by the Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC). Peter Lowitt, Land Use Administrator of the DEC, commented that the design has been approved so far and they are waiting on the application of permits.

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