On January 28, 2013, the Concord Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), a nonprofit
organization with the charge to promote affordable housing opportunities throughout the
Town of Concord, took title to a 12.8 acre parcel of land located off of Winthrop Street
bordered by the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Concord to the north and the Assabet
River to the east. This parcel was conveyed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to CHDC
with the condition that it be used solely for open space and affordable housing.
The parcel has been identified in a number of Town plans as a site for affordable housing
including the Housing Production Plan and the West Concord portion of the Village Center
Study. The parcel is currently zoned Industrial Park A; therefore, the developer will need to
apply for a comprehensive permit from the Concord Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) or have the
Please note that (at this time) more than 10% of Concord’s housing stock is considered affordable by
the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, therefore, decisions
of the Concord ZBA are not subject to review by the state Housing Appeals Committee.
The successful project will seek the support of CHDC, the Planning Board, and Board
The Planning Board was requested to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and give guidance to the CHDC as to the appropriate course for development of this parcel. Above are links that are intended to provide helpful information on the project.