Planning and Research Services Projects

Devens, MA
MassDevelopment hired LDS to provide market research services in connection with its planning efforts to develop an age restricted mixed income rental development at the Shirley Village Growth Parcel off Hospital Road in Shirley, Massachusetts and/or on Grant Road in Harvard, MA. Both properties are located within the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone. Specifically, LDS performed a basic supply analysis of the existing rental housing product in the area, with a focus on market and affordable units, as well as senior living choices, and provide information on the potential number of elderly residents in the area as well as the costs and benefits of developing each location for senior housing.

The Shirley Village Growth property was subsequently zoned for senior housing and supportive uses based on the LDS study. MassDevelopment asked LDS in summer of 2015 to create and administer a survey to develop a better understanding of the housing needs of seniors age 55 and older in the three towns and Devens. LDS did a mailing to 500 seniors as well as made the survey available on line through survey monkey. LDS had a response rate of over 26% which makes the survey statistically significant. MassDevelopment used the survey results to inform developers as part of an RFP process and received four responses to is RFP in December 2015 including proposed senior housing uses, community farming, solar farm and a convenience store and a developer was chosen.

Whittier Housing Redevelopment, Roxbury, MA
LDS provided a comprehensive market analysis to Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH) in connection with its application to HUD for its Choice Neighborhoods funding application on June 2016. The redevelopment consists of demolishing the 200-unit Whittier Street Boston Housing Authority public housing development at 1156 Tremont Street in Roxbury and replacing it with 320 units of mixed-income housing. LDS rovided a competitive analysis pertaining to the rental rates for 62 units of workforce rental housing priced at 60%-120% of AMI and 50 market rate rental units as well as the sale prices for 20 stacked three and four-bedroom townhouse homeownership units. Of the 20 homeownership units, 10 will be income restricted between 60% and 120% of AMI and 10 will be priced at market.


Randolph Avenue, Milton, MA
LDS is a consultant to the developer of a 90 unit rental development to be located on Randolph Avenue in Milton, Massachusetts. LDS provided a market study for the M.G.L Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit site eligibility application. LDS provided consulting services all the way through the SEI and ZBA process including helping to prove that the Town of Milton had not met its safe harbor for land area. LDS is currently providing consulting services as part of the owners appeal to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development Housing Appeals Committee and will provide expert witness testimony on regional need.

Kessler Woods
Chestnut Hill Realty hired LDS Consulting Group, LLC to provide market research services in connection with its construction of Kesseler Woods. Kesseler Woods is the new construction of 88 units of luxury rental housing in Chestnut Hill and will be ready for occupancy in 2017.

Housing Production Plan/Fair Housing Plan, Natick, MA
LDS completed an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and Affordable Housing Production Plan for the Natick Affordable Housing Trust.  The plan includes both a five year strategic plan and implementation strategy and a one year action plan and was approved by DHCD in January 2013.  In addition, LDS completed stakeholder interviews for an update to Natick’s fair housing plan.

Veterans’ Housing Study
LDS was hired by Caritas Communities to provide information to help the nonprofit organization make strategic decisions with regard to the adaptive re-use of an existing building into housing for veterans. As part of its services, Lynne Sweet oversaw two research associates who contacted over 40 strategically identified communities within the Route 128 area about the types of housing and services available to veterans.  In addition, LDS spoke to state agencies involved with providing housing and services to veterans in Massachusetts.  LDS’ goal was to quantify the supply of housing for homeless veterans, low income veterans, families of veterans and individual veterans and determine what type of housing was needed.  LDS also examined several funding sources for veterans housing.  The results were very compelling since there was little if any permanent housing for veterans and what was available, was for single person households.  The reality is that many families that include veterans are seeking housing.  The preference in public housing for veterans is so far down the list there is little actually available to these households and there is no other choices at this point and time for permanent rental housing.