Town Homes at Brighton Mills Construction Blog

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Construction Underway

Construction is underway at the Town Homes at Brighton Mills.

Our general contractor, NEI, spent last week mobilizing.  That includes the work of putting up construction fences and signage, installing the construction office trailer and portable toilets, and laying down a gravel track pad to prevent excess dirt from coming off site on truck tires.

Site work began with the removal of grass and topsoil

Site work began with the removal of grass and topsoil

This week, NEI began site work on the Litchfield Street parcel (pictured).  The topsoil and grass is being removed from the site.  The surveyor will mark out where foundations for the town homes are to be dug, and then soil will be removed so that footings and a foundation can be laid.


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Neighborhood Informational Meeting

Last night, Charlesview hosted a neighborhood meeting for abutters to ask questions about construction and sales for the Town Homes at Brighton Mills.  The Community Builders development team presented on the development and construction plans.  The Town Homes’ broker from ReMax Destiny provided details on the lottery and sales process.

In case you were unable to be there, here are some key questions and answers about construction and sales:

What is the construction schedule?

Mobilization will begin Monday, April 7th.  Excavation begins Monday, April 14th.  Construction will take 10 months, finishing in January.  The three story town homes have no basements and will be constructed of panelized wood framing.  This will be a much quicker, smaller, less disruptive construction period than the 30-month, 22-buildings plus underground garage and infrastructure Charlesview redevelopment.

When will work happen?

Working hours will be 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.  Deliveries will be scheduled between 7am and 3pm.  Saturday work may be requested occasionally and can only proceed with City approval.

Where will workers park?

Workers are absolutely not allowed to park on neighborhood streets.  They will be able to park inside the construction fences, and The Community Builders have made the lot behind 355 Western Ave available.  With roughly 50 spots available, this lot should accommodate all workers.  This construction project is much, much smaller than the Charlesview Redevelopment, with many fewer workers looking for many fewer parking spots.

How will trucks get to the site?

Trucks will come from Western Avenue and utilize Everett, Holton, Telford and Justinian to access the sites.  Holton and Litchfield will need to be used to exit due to one-way street pattern.  Trucks approaching Western Avenue are forbidden from using North Harvard Street.

How can I buy a home?

Details on sales will be available at  Applications will be distributed August 4th through 15th and will be available at Charlesview.  They are due to our broker, ReMax Destiny, by September 5th.  We will hold a lottery at Charlesview at the end of September.  There are preferences for City of Boston Residents, households with at least one person per bedroom, and first-time homebuyers.  After the lottery, our broker will contact applicants in order to arrange purchase & sales agreements and close sales.  Sign up for our sales mailing list here to stay up to date.

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Construction Start and Schedule

Construction activities are set to begin on Monday April 7.  Next week, our general contractor NEI will begin mobilization by replacing construction fencing, delivering the construction office trailer, and otherwise readying the site for construction to begin in earnest the week of April 14.  During the ten month construction period, work will proceed roughly as follows:

  1. Excavation:  April – May
  2. Foundations:  May – July
  3. Framing:  June – August
  4. Roofing, siding, windows: August – September
  5. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing:  August – September
  6. Insulation:  September – October
  7. Drywall:  October – November
  8. Painting, flooring, finishes:  November – December
  9. Inspections, certificates:  December – January


This schedule means that noise from heavy equipment and nail guns will end roughly in August.  The size of the workforce will peak in August-September.

As work proceeds, this blog will provide updates, give warnings of any special disruptions for utilities, Saturday work, etc., and provide photos from the site.