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Housing Watch: Lynn Armory Building is in the Works to Become Housing for Veterans


Lynn’s 125-year-old armory is set for a new future.

In August, ownership of the historic building was transferred from the state to Neighborhood Development Associates Inc. (NDA), which is part of the nonprofit Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND). Three months later, planning is underway to transform the 38 South Common St. location into 35 apartments for veterans.

The sale was authorized with a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Charlie Baker in August as part of his “Open for Business” initiative that launched in 2015, according to an LHAND press release. The initiative began after Baker recognized that the commonwealth is the largest landowner in Massachusetts and many of their assets were sitting idle, according to the press release.

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