Harborlight Homes, Groom Construction and SV Design unveil affordable housing community in Rockport

Date: October 12, 2023


A collaboration between Harborlight Homes, an innovative and award-winning nonprofit affordable housing provider and developer, Groom Construction, Co., Inc., a premier general contracting firm, and SV Design, an award winning architectural and design firm has brought forth the recently completed construction of Granite Street Crossing – 23 affordable homes (17 senior homes and six family townhomes) in Rockport.

Developed by Harborlight Homes of Beverly, this new affordable housing community located at 5 Granite St., held a ribbon cutting ceremony in September, which included funding partners, neighbors, and town and state officials.

“It is incredible to see this come to fruition; these types of projects take years to get to this point, and the community support for it has been outstanding,” Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Homes said. “That it is intergenerational, affordable, and so well located is really special, and our partners of Groom and SV did an outstanding job.”

“SV Design is so proud to partner with Harborlight Homes on this project,” Jennifer Hocherman, Associate Principal at SV Design said. “Being part of a team with such a clear mission to provide this necessary housing is inspiring. We wish all the new residents of the property a warm welcome to their new homes!”

This unique, intergenerational community is designed to nestle into a densely populated Rockport neighborhood, within walking distance of the commuter rail and downtown. Up to 40 people are expected to live at Granite Street Crossing, which is comprised of three buildings: a senior building offering studios and service-enriched living, and six family townhomes, both two and three bedrooms, in two additional buildings.

The homes are all deeply affordable and includes 20 percent of the dwellings set aside for those experiencing homelessness. Nearly 500 applications were received, and occupancy was determined via a housing lottery conducted by Harborlight.

In addition to supportive services (for seniors as well as families), offerings at Granite Street Crossing also include an on-site property manager, on-site resident services coordinator, and a room dedicated for an overnight staff person (a nurse or certified nursing assistant). The senior building includes common areas such as a library, a community room, a lounge, and a room dedicated as a hair salon.

“Local communities that combine quality living with on-site skilled services are a focus for our company and something we strive to develop more of in the future,” David Groom, Principal at Groom Construction said. “We are proud to partner once again with Harborlight and the SV Design team on such an impactful project for our community.”