Ground Broken at Emerson Townhouses in Brockton, MA

Ground Broken on Brockton Complex

By Jennifer Kovalich, Enterprise Staff Writer

BROCKTON — Developers have broken ground on a 22-unit townhouse complex on Emerson Street, a short walk from the Montello train station.

Juliano Enterprises Inc. plans to have the townhouses completed by October. The Planning Board gave its final approval on the project last month, said City Planner Nancy Stack Savoie.

MacKenzie Britt, director of operations for Juliano Enterprises Inc., said the company hopes to tap into the large market of buyers looking to make the jump from renting to home ownership.

“We want to make sure there are market-rate homes available with value-priced amenities,” Britt said.

Monday was the first day of construction, and three units are already under agreement. He said the company is excited by the interest in the townhouses and that it indicates they will move quickly in the marketplace.

The Emerson Townhouses is one of several projects of its type by Juliano Enterprises Inc. The company has built projects on Menlo Place and Colonel Bell Drive. It is also converting the former Etonic building on Commercial Street into lofts. Due to a copyright issue, the Etonic Lofts project has been renamed SoCo, for “South of Court,” Britt said, referring to its location south of Court Street.

The company also has the former Strathmore shoe factory under agreement for conversion into lofts.

Each Emerson Townhouse, at Emerson and North Montello streets, will have 1,200 square feet of living space. That will include three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, granite countertops, Kohler stainless steel appliances, crown moldings and Berber carpeting.

Free plasma televisions with at least a 32-inch screen will be offered as amenities on a limited promotional basis, Britt said.

The housing units will start at $226,900. There will be four buildings at the site. Two will have five townhouse units and two will have six, Britt said.

There will be two parking spaces allotted for each townhouse unit.

The townhouses are offered for sale by Paul E. Clancy Real Estate.

The Emerson Townhouses are being built on property Juliano Enterprises purchased from the Lively Stones Christian Center.

The independent Pentecostal congregation had purchased the 1.5-acre property through a city-run auction. It had hoped to build a new church there but abandoned those plans, choosing instead the St. Nicholas Church building on North Quincy Street in Abington after it closed and was put up for sale through the Archdiocese of Boston.

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