Groceries & Fresh Food

COMMUNITY SERVINGS

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Total Development Cost: $24.9 million

Target Closing/ Start Construction: Fall 2015

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition organization that serves individuals and families throughout Massachusetts who are living with critical and chronic illnesses. Every day, Community Servings prepare, package and deliver lunch, dinner and a snack for 1,450 individuals and families across the state. Their operations have outgrown their current 13,000SF site and, with Affirmative’s help, Community Servings will build a new building that is nearly 39,600 SF that includes offices, an expanded kitchen, as well as space for community gatherings, support services, volunteer training and parking. 

BARTLETT PLACE BUILDING B

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Total Development Cost: $16 million

Target Closing/ Start Costruction: Fall 2015

Bartlett Place Building B is the pioneering first phase of Bartlett Place, an 8.6-acre mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment of the blighted and contaminated former Bartlett Yards MBTA bus yard in Roxbury MA’s distressed Dudley Square neighborhood. Building B will be a new, 6-story, 86,000 SF building prominently fronting Washington Street. The development will include a 12,000 SF retail space leased to Harvest Co-Op Markets, a community-owned fresh food market, as well as 60 residential units including 32 affordable units, a public plaza and parking. The Project Sponsor is Nuestra Comunidad Community Development Corporation, one of Boston’s oldest and most successful community development corporations. 

VICENTE'S SUPERMARKET

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Total Development Cost: $14.5 million

Opened: Summer 2015

This development renovated an abandoned supermarket building in downtown Brockton, MA into a full service 34,000 SF supermarket owned and operated by a local family that has been a fixture in the Brockton community for over 20 years. This supermarket will be a critical source of fresh produce and healthy food options for the downtown, which has been identified by the USDA as a Food Desert. Vicente’s is partnering with Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, which is opening an adjoining 13,600 SF community health center and will feature an active nutrition program and a Demonstration/Teaching Kitchen incorporating foods from Vicente’s. 

TROPICAL FOODS INTERNATIONAL

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Total Development Cost: $14 million

Opened: Winter 2015

The Tropical Foods Supermarket project is a newly constructed, 27,000 SF full-service grocery store in the low-income neighborhood of Dudley Square in Boston. The project enabled Tropical Foods, a family-owned business that was serving 13,000 customers weekly, to expand from its cramped 8,000 SF store across the street in order to better serve its community. As one of the only grocery stores in Roxbury, Tropical Foods has grown to become an institution and cultural hub for many Boston area immigrants and African Americans.

CENTRE HELDMAN PLAZA

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Total Development Cost: $12.2 million

Opened: Fall 2013

Centre Heldman Plaza is a 37,000 SF supermarket-anchored retail center in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This supermarket, developed by Hill House Economic Development Corporation and operated by Shop n’ Save, is the only full-service grocery store within 2.7 miles of this location. This 37,000 SF development is a key component of an urban redevelopment initiative undertaken by the HHEDC to reposition Centre Avenue and rehabilitate the Hill District neighborhood.