The recently completed 28 Austin Street development uses modular construction to bring new workforce housing options to Newton
The project transforms a former municipal parking lot by using GreenStaxx modular building technology to create a 68-unit mixed-income housing community with retail space, a public plaza and a playground, and reconstructed municipal parking.
The units were constructed in Canada and trucked to the site and assembled in a matter of weeks.
Twenty-three of the new apartments are workforce housing units restricted to households earning at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). The remaining 45 apartments are rented at market rates. The AMI for Newton is $113,300 for a household of four. MassHousing’s financing involved the development of 13 of the 23 workforce housing units, all of which have been leased and are occupied.
There are 33 one-bedroom and 35 two-bedroom apartments. The modular residential and retail building has a 90-space underground parking garage, and the former parking lot was reconstructed with 124 public spaces.