Bridgewater’s McElwain School Will Get New Lease On Life

BRIDGEWATER — The McElwain School has sat vacant for more than 20 years, but by 2021, the property will be redeveloped to create 57 new mixed-income rental units.

The developers who purchased the school — MPZ Development LLC and Capstone Communities Development LLC — will hold a community information session on Tuesday to present their plans for the project and take input from residents. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Bridgewater Public Library.

“We think that Bridgewater is a really great community,” said Matt Zahler, principal and project manager of MPZ Development. Zahler is partnering with Jason Korb, principal of Capstone Communities Development, for the project. “There are a lot of people who have a real need for high-quality housing which is what we’re going to be building here.”

Their plans are to restore the McElwain School and turn it into a 16-unit residential building. They also plan to construct a new 38-unit residential building behind the school, renovate a three-unit single-family house purchased next door to the property to be included in the project and add a park and plaza for the community to use.

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