The Town of Swampscott is looking to have the former Machon Elementary School redeveloped. The property has been vacant and unused since 2007. The site includes a large masonry building built in 1920 with an addition made in the 1960s.The building includes about 31,000 square feet of interior space across two floors and a basement. The property (1.03 acres) fronts on Burpee Road and abouts Jackson Park and Jackson Woods with easy access to the Swampscott High School and Senior Center.
The Property is located in the A-3 Residential District, which is addressed in the Swampscott Zoning By-laws.
The Town of Swampscott (through its Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting) have approved a project proposal for redevelopment by B'na B'rith Housing. The redevelopment will include:
- Conversion of the original 1920 portion of the building
- Removal of the one-story 1960s addition and replacement with a new addition
- Building will become 38, one-bedroom units of affordable senior housing
- There will be 48 off-street parking spaces incorporated on the site (split between two parking lots)
The Zoning Board of Appeals voted to grant the comprehensive permit request for the development to B'nai B'rith Housing at their hearing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
The application materials are available for review here.
If you're interested in living at this new development, you can contact B'nai B'rith Housing to be added to a list. You can contact the senior project manager, Yara Vergucht, by email or by phone (617) 238-6088.
Neighborhood Notices: As the developer works towards receiving their permits for the project, they will perform various site work studies to further inform their construction plans. If you would like to be notified of any future testing work at the property, please join our contact list. To do so, send an email to Marzie Galazka and ask to be added to the "Machon School Pre-Construction Notice" email list.
|Community Forum||February 11, 2015||COMPLETE|
|Release of Request for Interest, Ideas, and Innovation (RFI)||August 7, 2015||COMPLETE|
|Pre-Submittal Meeting & Property Viewing||August 28, 2015||COMPLETE|
|RFI Responses Due||September 18, 2015||COMPLETE|
|Public Presentaiton of Responses||November 10, 2015||COMPLETE|
|Release of Request for Proposals||February 17, 2016||COMPLETE|
|Pre-Submittal Meeting & Property Viewing||March 4, 2016||COMPLETE|
|Proposals Due||March 21, 2016||COMPLETE|
|Provisional Designation of Development Team by Board of Selectmen||April 28, 2016||COMPLETE|
|Town Meeting Approval of Development Team Selection||May 2016||COMPLETE|
|Sign Ground Lease and Land Development Agreement with Development Team||December 7, 2016||COMPLETE|
|Approval by Board of Selectmen of Schematic Plans||April 26, 2017||COMPLETE|
|Comprehensive Permit Process with ZBA||August 22, 2017||GRANTED|
|Start of Construction||TBD (based on finalizing funding and permitting)|
|Construction||Up to 18 months|