Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

June 22, 2023

Construction underway at conversion of Natick school into affordable housing

PHOTO | Courtesy of Stonegate Group A rendering of the Stonegate St. Patrick development

Natick-based Stonegate Group and Needham-based Nauset Construction broke ground on the Stonegate St. Patrick Redevelopment on Tuesday. The project, at the site of the former St. Patrick’s School in Natick, is a mixed-use development.

The site will have 46 apartments, two two-family townhomes and 14,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space, according to a Tuesday press release from Stonegate Group. It is located at 45 E. Central St in Natick.

The plan for the development was approved in 2020, at which time the developer said 25% of the units would be affordable housing. Plans were stalled due to the COVID pandemic. Stonegate first bought the school in 2015 for $3.4 million, and demolition was completed in April.

Apartment space will total 89,500 square feet, and the 40B project will include 14 designated affordable apartments. Under 40B regulations, at least 10% of units are required to be affordable. Units will range from one to four bedrooms. The building is designed by Boston-based Finegold Alexander Architects. 

“I knew from the start that this project was going to be a unique opportunity for the Town of Natick, and it certainly has been,” Natick Town Administrator Jamie Errickson said in the press release. “We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Stonegate sticking with this town and sticking with this project, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this project will re-invigorate this section of Route 135 as we enter Natick Center.” 

The development is located less than a 10-minute walk from the MBTA commuter rail, according to the press release and is within walking distance to the Natick Center Cultural District.

Sign up for Enews

WBJ Web Partners


Order a PDF