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Governor Healey announces $6.7 million in state funding to build mixed income apartments on Millstone Road in Brewster

June 26, 2024

Spring Rock Village, a largely affordable housing development on Cape Cod will receive $6.7 million in state funding 

Brewster, MA - Spring Rock Village, a largely affordable housing development to be built by nonprofits Preservation of Affordable Housing and Housing Assistance, will receive $6.7 million in state funding according to an announcement by Governor Maura Healey and Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) Secretary Ed Augustus on June 20. Spring Rock Village was one of 27 projects to receive 2024 Affordable Housing Development Grant Awards that will support the creation or preservation of 1,874 rental apartments across Massachusetts representing EOHLC’s largest total investment ($227 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidies). 

The development will consist of 45 newly constructed rental apartments built in Cape Cod style buildings on 16.6 acres at the current location of 0 Millstone Road in Brewster. The proposed plan includes 35 affordable units for households earning up to 60% of area median income (AMI) and 10 units will be workforce housing at no more than 80% of AMI. The housing community will have 15 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms, and five three-bedroom units spread across four residential buildings and one community building. The development will create a sociable neighborhood, minimize building footprints, and preserve existing woodland habitat.

According to the Governor’s announcement “in addition to analyzing how these projects met the state’s housing goals, the Administration carefully evaluated the green, sustainable and climate resilient aspects of every application to ensure that all projects selected for awards will help further the state’s climate objectives.” Spring Rock Village will prioritize sustainability and promote energy efficiency through its Stretch Code compliant design and high-efficiency mechanical systems which will not rely on fossil fuels. The buildings are also oriented and designed to optimize rooftop solar panels.

“The Town of Brewster is extremely grateful to the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) for this very important funding award for Spring Rock Village,” said Brewster Assistant Town Manager Donna J. Kalinick. “The funding will help create 45 affordable rental homes in our community. Housing that is stable, safe, and affordable is a critical need in the Town of Brewster and on the Cape. We look forward to working with our partners, Preservation of Affordable Housing and Housing Assistance Corporation to bring this much needed housing to fruition with funding support from EOHLC and technical assistance that was provided by the Mass Housing Partnership.”

“We are thankful for the critical financial support from the state and for the leadership from the Town of Brewster to make this project a reality, “ said Alisa Magnotta, CEO Housing Assistance. “Every town on the Cape is in need of increased inventory and Spring Rock Village is a tremendous step forward for Brewster and our region as we grapple with an unrelenting housing crisis.”

“These awards are one of the most effective tools our administration has to increase the development of housing that is affordable for people across the state,” said Governor Healey at the announcement. “Along with our Affordable Homes Act, we’re working to lower the cost of housing across Massachusetts to benefit our families, businesses and economy.

Construction is expected to begin by early next year, with completion and lease-up targeted for the summer of 2026.

About Housing Assistance:

Housing Assistance was founded in 1974. Its mission is to strengthen the Cape Cod and Islands region by empowering individuals, fostering community connections, and increasing affordable housing opportunities. The organization is a community non-profit that offers a continuum of housing and education programs that focus on homelessness prevention, rental stabilization, and homeownership opportunities for families and individuals on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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