BOSTON – July 23, 2019 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today the completion of Acadia, a 42,000 SF new affordable housing development with 34 units located in Chelsea, Mass. Located on the site of the former French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue, Acadia is the latest affordable housing project by The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a community development corporation (CDC) dedicated to building affordable homes in Chelsea, Revere and Everett. NEI General Contracting has constructed over a dozen buildings for The Neighborhood  Developers.

Located only one block from Chelsea’s four elementary schools, and one block from major bus lines on Broadway, the building includes a community room, common laundry, on-site parking for all 34 homes, central air conditioning, and new landscaping and public way improvements along Spencer Avenue to benefit residents and community members alike.

 “We have worked with NEI General Contracting since 2006, and we have developed a true partnership with them,” said Rafael Mares, executive director for The Neighborhood Developers. “We share a common dedication to developing affordable housing to promote economic mobility, opportunity, and quality of life in our communities. We are certain our new residents will be pleased by the quality design and construction of their new homes at Acadia.” 

The development includes eight units of supportive housing designated for formerly homeless families, meeting a critical need in the region. These homes will serve families who are living in shelters, who have lost their homes and are in other temporary housing, or families in imminent risk of losing their housing.

TND is partnering with Housing Families, Inc. to provide supportive services to these households to improve their economic security and help them access resources like education, workforce development, health care and public benefits. Three homes were built for residents with disabilities under the Community Based Housing Program (CBH). 

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are not-for-profit organizations incorporated to engage local residents and businesses to work together to undertake community development programs, projects and activities. Since 2006, TND has developed 317 homes, investing $104 million in new and improved properties. With Acadia’s completion, TND owns 429 apartments, and in recent years has also developed 38 homes for sale to first-time homebuyers.  TND maintains an active pipeline of properties in development. TND’s properties are excellently maintained and located close to public transit, shopping, parks, and local schools.

The project team for Acadia includes:
Developer: The Neighborhood Developers      
Construction Manager: NEI General Contracting
Architect: Utile, Inc.
Structural Engineer: RSE Associates, Inc.      
MEP Engineer: BLW Engineering, Inc.     
Civil Engineer: Samiotes Consultants, Inc.
Landscape Architect: G2 Collaborative      
Environmental Engineer: Irwin Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer: Geotechnical Partnership
Property Management Agent: Winn Residential
Development Consultant: Munkenbeck Consulting

About NEI General Contracting

 For 20 years, NEI General Contracting has provided a full spectrum of general contracting and construction management services to clients in Massachusetts and Florida. Offering owners and developers a fast-paced, first class, quality approach to any type of construction need, NEI has completed over $1 billion in construction projects spanning a wide variety of types and programs, including residential developments, senior living facilities, historic renovations and restorations, moderate rehabilitation, and institutional projects. Whatever your project, NEI has the expertise and capacity to meet any construction challenge. For more information, please visit

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