In late 2016, B’nai B’rith Housing was selected by the Swampscott Board of Selectmen to redevelop The Machon Elementary School into 38 one-bedroom units of senior affordable rental housing. Development plans will preserve the original 1920’s building and replace the 1963 addition. Permits were received in Fall of 2017, and the BBH team is currently applying for funding that will allow the next phases to begin. Facilities, amenities, and programming at the Senior Residences at the Machon will provide residents with opportunities to lead active lifestyles. The building will include a community room, library/screening room, and fitness center, and residents will have access to an onsite service coordinator; social, cultural and healthy lifestyle activities; connections to community providers, and local organizations. Senior Residences at the Machon will feature landscaped site design which emphasizes a strong green connection between the site, the neighborhood, and public open space.
Community Need & Public Benefits: Almost 25% of Swampscott households have a senior member, and over 50% of these include a senior living alone. Currently, one third of Swampscott households over 65 years old earn less than $40,000/year. Additionally, Swampscott senior households are projected to make up over half of all households by 2030. The proposed ground lease would allow the town of Swampscott to retain ownership with an upfront payment of $500,000 and annual real estate taxes paid to town. An additional $50,000 is proposed for off-site improvements.
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