Brookview Village Not for "Poor" People Say Developers

With the apartment pricing for Brookview Village announced, a representative for the developer made it clear the apartments were not for "poor" people.

As the Brookview Village "friendly 40B" was passed last week, representatives for the developers reinforced that the development was for affordable housing, not low income housing.

“This project is not designed for the poor," said Arthur Bergeron, lawyer and representative of the Gutierrez Company that is developing the property. "The point of this development is to provide housing for the workers who are going to be working across the street and those people aren’t that poor."

To make their point, the company released information on apartment pricing. The pricing for the 225 unit complex and other comparative complexes in Marlborough is listed below.

Housing Units Brookview Vilage Stonegate Avalon Orchards Applebriar One Bedroom Average $1,603 $1,036 $1,495 $1,502 Two Bedroom Average $1,974 $1,594 $1,748 $2,060 Three Bedroom Average $2,249 N/A N/A N/A One Bedroom Affordable Average $1,218 Comparable Comparable Comparable Two Bedroom Affordable Average $1,462 Comparable Comparable Comparable Three Bedroom Affordable Average $1,690 Comparable Comparable Comparable

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The comments were made during a discussion leading up to the approval of the complex in a 3 to 2 vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals. The data and comments by Bergeron were made in explanation of the 40B status of the development.

"This is designed to be worker housing, not unemployement level housing,” said Bergeron.

The affordable housing prices are based on a formula that utilizes median income levels. The median income levels are just over $71,000, according to a preliminary housing analysis by MAPC. To be elligible for low income housing, a single person would have to make 80 percent of the median income, or no more than $54,750.

The ZBA approved the development. The conditions of the approval, including an initially suggested $675,000 in mitigation funds, still have yet to be set.

Mary-Ann Hornbaker December 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The point is, this development is apartments and apartments dwellers do not pay residential tax. Condominium owners pay residential tax. The residents of Marlborough want technology, manufacturing, and commerce back in the city for jobs and tax resources. Bring back business!
David LaBossiere December 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The tenants may not pay property tax directly however the complex does and the tenants pay that through the rent they pay. I agree we should bring more jobs into the city but with that comes housing for those workers. If they live here they will spend their money here hence boosting the local economy.
Save Marlboro December 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
When board members are resigning over this, that is a RED FLAG. Something is not right here...this went through at a speed unheard of AND is a conflict of interest that Mr. Bergeron is even associated with this project seeing he is the lawyer for the company and is also working with the city of Marlboro for development. We have MORE than met our burden of 40B's and all the problems that come with them, plus how about mentioning how our schools, fire and police are already over burdened. If we wanted to live in overly developed communities with 1000's of apartments we'd move to Framingham or Worcester. Do you really think people who live in other communities are going to sell their homes or leave where they are, JUST to live where they work?? It's called commuting and EVERYONE does it. I think it's time the residents in Marlboro are heard and we are saying NO!
Joescarp December 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
The new senior center makes sense for the city. This does not.
Peg December 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM
When are they going to listen to the people who pay the taxes in this city who are saying NO MORE APARTMENTS!!!!! Mr. Bergeron has done some legal business for me and some members of my family - not any more! Back door politicking and conflict of interest at its worse. Disgusted with the lot of them, especially him.


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