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. Since receiving zoning approvals in the Fall of 2017, the BBH project team has been actively moving forward with pre-development work, most notably architectural and design planning.
Development plans will preserve the original 1920’s building and replace the 1963 addition. 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.
In February 2019, the BBH team will be submitting a second round application for state funding for the Senior Residences at the Machon. This is one of the most important steps in the development process and you can help! Please consider adding your name to our group letter indicating your support or writing one of own before February 1, 2019.* The state is very interested in knowing that residents, service providers, and other community members believe that quality affordable housing options build strong, inclusive communities.
The BBH team is hopeful that, with your support, they will be awarded the funds necessary to proceed with the project this year, which will result in a groundbreaking in early 2020. With your help, a new place to call home will become a reality for seniors in Swampscott.
*If you signed the letter last year or have already signed this year, you do not need to sign again. Thank you for your support! Please share this message and opportunity with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.
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.
Contact Us for more information about this property. Please note that the Senior Residences at Machon is not yet ready for occupancy; interested parties will be added to our mailing list to receive updates.