Affordable housing project ready for next steps

61-unit complex being built in partnership with Harborlight Community Partners

The Salem News | By Arianna MacNeill
March 5, 2017

BEVERLY — The city is moving forward with plans to build a new affordable housing complex at the corner of Sohier and Tozer roads.

A public hearing Thursday highlighted the new zoning for the 61 apartments proposed. The 40R, or Smart Growth Zoning Overlay, would allow the city to collect incentives from the state for having a development with a high percentage of affordable housing.

It’s a first step in a project that the city has been working on for some time in partnership with Harborlight Community Partners, which builds and manages affordable housing complexes throughout the North Shore.

This new complex is planned to include 12 apartments for people who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness, according to Andrew DeFranza, Harborlight’s executive director. The others would be affordable for families making up to 60 percent of the area median income, about $59,000 a year.

The complex could be a mix of two- and three-bedroom units, DeFranza said. The exact numbers haven’t been finalized. There could be some one-bedroom apartments in there, too.

“We want to keep this project moving forward,” said Aaron Clausen, city planning director.

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