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On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker joined state housing and transit officials, local municipal officials and private sector development partners to break ground on 67 mixed-income, transit-oriented rental housing units adjacent to the Beverly Depot Commuter Rail station and garage.

More from the Salem News: 

Though it may look like just another addition to the city’s apartment stock downtown, the new complex in front of the Beverly Depot commuter rail station is set to include residences for those who otherwise may be priced out of the region.

Barnat Development broke ground Wednesday on the new 67-unit apartment complex on Rantoul Street.

Sixteen of the units are planned to be offered to middle-income households, making the complex about 20 percent affordable — more than the city’s inclusionary zoning requirement of 12 percent.

The development is part of a larger goal statewide to create 1,000 new residences for “middle-income households” through MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative, according to a news release. The initiative helps to finance projects that provide more than the required amount of affordable housing.

“You think of the number of state entities that have to be swimming or pulling in the same to direction to make something like this happen,” he said, noting that it’s about half a dozen, along with about the same amount of local government officials and those actually working on developing and financing a project. “You’re talking about somewhere between 15 and 20 different entities at the state, local and private level that all have to pitch in to make this happen.”

Continue reading at SalemNews.com.

Press Release: Governor Baker, State Housing and Transit Officials Break Ground on Transit-Oriented “Open for Business” Property in Beverly

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