We've received a number of great questions from the Ashland community regarding the Arbella at Ashland project, which you'll find below. If your question is not answered here, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us, we're here to help.
What type of housing is this, and how large is the project?
The Arbella at Ashland is an active senior (62+), Class A luxury apartment community with 156 garden-style apartments and 24 townhome apartments plus an 11,000 square foot clubhouse.
Where is this project located?
The Arbella at Ashland will be located on west side of Memorial Drive (the former MBTA Access road) between the Ashland Middle School and the Ashland MBTA Train Station.
Will this project impact our schools?
As a 62+ age-qualified community, The Arbella at Ashland will have little direct impact on local schools. The Arbella will however be contributing new property tax revenue to the Town, which will financially benefit and support the Town’s public schools.
Will this project add traffic to Ashland?
The Arbella at Ashland will have a minimal impact on Ashland traffic. Seniors are typically off-peak travelers who avoid driving during busy morning and evening commuting times and will generally travel mid-day, between 10am and 4pm. In additional, residents of The Arbella will have the benefit of the community’s shuttle bus that will take them shopping, to activities and appointments, which will further reduce their presence on Town roads.
Why is this project right for Ashland?
The Arbella at Ashland will fill a major need as the area’s only Active Adult community, providing comfortable, high-end living arrangements for seniors who might not otherwise have been able to remain in the area at this stage in their lives, and new, affordable housing opportunities for the Ashland community.
How much of this project will qualify as affordable?
25% of the projects 180 units (45 units) will be affordable at 80% of Area Median Income. All 180 units will count towards Ashland’s Subsidized Housing Inventory thus raising the total affordable housing inventory to approximately 6.2%.
What is a 40B Comprehensive Permit?
The 40B Comprehensive Permitting process is a Massachusetts law that provides communities with flexibility and developers with opportunities to create needed multi-family housing that serves a broad range of Town residents and needs. The program is administered by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and is designed to reduce barriers created by cumbersome municipal approval processes, zoning restrictions and other constraints.
When will the Arbella at Ashland be available?
The United Group of Companies, Inc. is currently in the planning and permitting process. It is United Group’s goal to complete the permitting and approval process between May and June 2021 and commence construction late summer with a delivery and occupancy date in the first quarter of 2023.
What are the typical unit apartment sizes or square footage?
United Group is proposing to build 156 one- and two-bedroom garden style (single floor) apartment units that range in size from 714 - 1,107 square feet for a one bedroom unit; and 1,121 - 1,264 square feet for a two-bedroom unit; and two story, two bedroom townhome apartment rental units ranging between 2,010 – 2,189 square feet.
Will there be parking spaces available?
There is ample parking for the entire development. On average, each apartment unit will have one parking space. Enclosed parking garages will be available for a monthly fee. Townhome units will have one enclosed parking space and one surface/outside, adjacent parking space.
What amenities are included at Arbella at Ashland?
United Group provides all residents (at no additional charge) with full access to a spectacular, state-of-the-art clubhouse which includes: a fitness center, locker rooms, a wellness room, a yoga and tai chi studio, an indoor pool, a movie theater with stadium seating, a social gathering / game room with fireplace, a hair salon and a bistro area. Additionally, outdoor amenities include social gathering areas, shared fire pits and barbecues, and several outdoor activity areas, including bocce and pickle ball courts, bean bag toss, a dog park and a community garden. Apartment buildings will also include package services, a pet spa, a garden shop and bicycle and recreational storage.
Does Arbella at Ashland provide shuttle bus service?
Yes, at no additional charge, United Group provides its residents with a shuttle bus service to the Ashland Commuter Rail Station, local grocery and drug stores, your local doctor’s offices, the farmer’s market, the Ashland Senior Center and to other local destinations