MARLBOROUGH – On Nov. 8, Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant and city officials joined Wood Partners at the vacant lot on Lincoln and Mechanic streets that once housed the Johnson Claflin factory to officially break ground on a new, all-electric, mixed-use development project called Alta French.
The 4.5-acre site has undergone months of preparation that included demolishing two buildings that will be developed into 276 residential units; 10,074 square feet of ground-floor retail space; an on-site parking garage with 448 spaces; 22 off-street parking spaces; and a restroom building to be conveyed to the city for public use located at the head of the Assabet River Rail Trail.
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“The site has been an eyesore for many years, and these private investments will help with revitalizing the French Hill neighborhood,” said Vigeant. “We recently completed upgrades to utilities and road surface to the upper half of Lincoln Street with a MassWorks grant, and just received another state grant, which will allow us to finish the lower, eastern portion of Lincoln Street next construction season.”
“It’s exciting to see this project come to fruition. It’s been a lengthy process to get to this point, and we are really excited to see things moving along so quickly. The additional grant funding will allow the city to enhance the full length of Lincoln Street, thus becoming more attractive to companies looking to relocate or expand whether it be in this project or a future project along this corridor,” said Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.
For more information on the development, contact the mayor’s office at 508-460-3770.