For Immediate Release - April 11, 2014

Patrick Administration Officials Celebrate Concord Groundbreaking, Participate In Walking Tour

Project embraces housing, transportation and environmental goals

CONCORD – Monday, April 7, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey and Assistant Secretary for Land and Forest Conservation Stephanie Cooper to break ground on Brookside Square, the new multi-family housing project in Concord. This project will have 36,000 square feet of commercial space and 74-units that will provide young professionals with suitable rental housing conveniently located next to the commuter rail.


“This project is an excellent example of the great work we can accomplish when we work together to create new multi-family housing options in our local communities, while engaging in land conservation practices,” said Secretary Bialecki. “Through these types of efforts, we are making our communities great places to live, work, and play.”


This project, headed by Oaktree FX Development, will redevelop an old industrial parcel into a new, mixed use, multi-housing complex that will attract young professionals into the lively, walkable town center. The complex will include 3,000 square feet of affordable commercial space as well as eight affordable housing units.


The Brookside Square project also is an excellent example of a well-rounded project that aligns the housing, transportation and environmental needs to create new housing options by utilizing energy-efficient construction that is conveniently located next to a commuter rail station. 


”We are committed at MassDOT to improving the lives of our customers by giving them commuting options that are safe, affordable and convenient,” said Secretary Davey. “By locating housing by public transit we can help give people more time back in their day and ease the burden that comes with commuting to and from work.”


In addition, the project will create a small park with connection to a community pathway (Bruce Freeman trail) along the Nashoba Brook.


“Through this project, the Town of Concord and the developer are providing a great example for other suburban and rural communities of how we can build needed housing for the 21st century in a way that benefits both economic development and the environment,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Forest Conservation Stephanie Cooper.


Following the groundbreaking, the officials participated in a walking tour that began at the construction site, passed by the commuter rail station and covered approximately four blocks in West Concord Village.


“Brookside Square will incorporate qualities that have been part of my professional mission since architecture school,” said Gwendolen Noyes, Senior Vice President for Oaktree FX. “It scores 100 percent on my list of things I look for in a site and wish to accomplish with a project, and, by the way, this project advances Massachusetts’ position as a leader in resilient energy practices.”


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