by Rebecca Gruber

This spring, the town opened the affordable housing lottery for the 31 allotted affordable units at 1165R Massachusetts Avenue. More than 1,400 applications were received for those 31 units, reflecting the overwhelming need for affordable units in the Arlington area.

Interior of an apartment at The Artemis at Arlington Heights. A white kitchen with shaker style cabinets opens to a dining area with views over Arlington.
The Artemis at Arlington Heights

The Artemis at Arlington Heights development (1157-1163 Massachusetts Avenue, referred to during the development application process as 1165R Massachusetts Avenue) is a 124-unit multi-family residential rental project on a two-acre industrial site in Arlington. The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a comprehensive permit for the project back in September of 2021. The developer reused two existing historic buildings and built two new buildings with garage parking. Of the 124 rental units, 31 units (25%) are available to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income, adjusted for household size, for the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Housing and Mortgage Finance Area (HMFA).

The Majestic Mill Brook. A rendering of a four-story modernist apartment building in front of a two-lane street. People are walking on the sidewalks.
The Majestic Mill Brook – rendering

Currently, construction is ongoing at the Majestic Mill Brook development at 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, which will include 50 condominium units, 13 of which will be affordable. Construction completion is targeted for the fall of 2025; the lottery for the project’s 13 affordable units should happen a few months before. Again, there is expected to be an enormous demand for these few affordable units.

Information about lotteries for affordable housing can be found at The Department of Planning and Community Development is currently working on updating the affordable housing website to be more user-friendly, making the links and other affordable information more readily accessible to the public.

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