Applications are being accepted for Station Lofts, a beautifully renovated historic mill at 124 Montello Street in downtown Brockton that provides 25 mixed-income apartments within walking distance of commuter rail and bus transportation.
Originally built in 1880 by Lilly Brackett Boot & Shoe Co., it was one of many factories that gave Brockton the name “Shoe City.” It was purchased in 1908 by Geo Knight & Co, which made shoe machinery. A tenant, Stall & Dean, liked leather, too, and made baseball mitts. It was credited with creating the catcher’s mitt, a vital piece of baseball equipment.
Station Lofts was abandoned in 2004. Jason Korb, principle of Capstone Communities LLC, saw the building in 2010 and dreamed of fusing old and new to revitalize a building in a city that was aching to wake up from post-industrial malaise. The result is superb.
Among the features are wood and cement floors, exposed brick walls and beams, high ceilings, and replicas of historic windows, which add charm. Modern lighting, open floor plans, large windows, contemporary kitchens and baths, in-unit laundries, and ample closet space provide modern convenience. The high-impact fitness center, on-site personal storage, bike storage, and surface and garage parking are great bonuses. The building is smoke-free. It is also pet friendly (restrictions apply).
There are 11 market-rate units: 2 studios, 2 one-bedroom; 7 two-bedroom units. There are 14 affordable units. Three affordable units are for those earning 30% of area median income, one of each size. Eleven are for those earning 60 % of AMI: 2 studios, 1 one-bedroom, 7 two bedroom and 1 two-bed duplex. Trinity Management provides on-site management and 24-hour emergency maintenance.
In addition to commuter rail and buses, there are nearby major highways: Route 24, I-93, I-495, and I-128/I95.