Machon Elementary School Redevelopment

Machon Elementary School Redevelopment Project

Contact developerThe 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.

Celebrate the Machon - June 27th

Come Celebrate the Opening of The Machon, affordable senior housing with B'nai B'rith Housing this summer on 6/27 from 2-3:30pm on the Lower Jackson Field - you bring the picnic blanket, we'll bring the food and fun!

Machon Flyer

Project Plan

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)

Current Phase

Construction is complete!

If you're interested in living at this new development, please fill out an application online or contact Peabody Properties (Phone: 617-691-0158, Email: to request a paper application. Please direct all questions about the application and lottery process to Peabody Properties.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Community and Economic Development: (781) 596-8829. 

Redevelopment Schedule

Community ForumFebruary 11, 2015COMPLETE
Release of Request for Interest, Ideas, and Innovation (RFI)August 7, 2015COMPLETE
Pre-Submittal Meeting & Property ViewingAugust 28, 2015COMPLETE
RFI Responses DueSeptember 18, 2015COMPLETE
Public Presentaiton of ResponsesNovember 10, 2015COMPLETE
Release of Request for ProposalsFebruary 17, 2016COMPLETE
Pre-Submittal Meeting & Property ViewingMarch 4, 2016COMPLETE
Proposals DueMarch 21, 2016COMPLETE
Provisional Designation of Development Team by Board of SelectmenApril 28, 2016COMPLETE
Town Meeting Approval of Development Team SelectionMay 2016COMPLETE
Sign Ground Lease and Land Development Agreement with Development TeamDecember 7, 2016COMPLETE
Approval by Board of Selectmen of Schematic PlansApril 26, 2017COMPLETE
Comprehensive Permit Process with ZBAAugust 22, 2017GRANTED
Start of ConstructionMarch 2020COMPLETE
Application Period BeginsDecember 2020COMPLETE
Public Information Sessions (about applications and lottery process)Available online starting
January 4th, 2021
Applications DueFebruary 24th, 2021AVAILABLE ONLINE
LotteryMarch 5th, 2021COMPLETE
Construction CompletionMay 2021COMPLETE
Occupancy StartJune 2021COMPLETE

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