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Two new “smart growth” apartment complexes are sprouting up in Brockton and Quincy, and local officials hope they will revitalize the downtowns of their respective cities.

In Brockton, leasing is underway at Centre 50, a cluster of 71 apartments that is part of a larger project known as Enterprise Center, Trinity Financial’s $100 million redevelopment of the city block bounded by Main Street, Petronelli Way, and Centre and Montello streets.

Along with a 42-unit artists community called Enso Flats, Centre 50 will be housed in a newly constructed 113-unit apartment building.


Amenities include a fitness center, club room with a dual-sided fireplace, art gallery, outdoor terrace, parking, and bike storage.

Tenants are due to move in by the end of April, according to Matt Zahler, project manager for Trinity Financial.

Local officials, including Brockton Councilor at Large Shaynah Barnes, are hopeful the new apartments will help revitalize this section of town.

“It’s going to bring a lot more foot traffic to the downtown area, and that’s something we can use down there,” she said.

Centre 50 is being marketed as “comfortable luxury” living that’s conveniently located near the MBTA commuter rail station. The units feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and attractive prices: monthly rents for one-bedroom units start at $1,200; two-bedroom units at $1,400, and three-bedroom units at $1,600, Zahler said.

Brockton Councilor at Large Robert Sullivan noted that the city adopted the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act, known as Chapter 40R, a state law that encourages communities to create mixed-use smart growth zoning districts. It was approved by the Brockton City Council in 2007.

“The intent was to have five different specific zones in the core of the city downtown, and the Enterprise [Center] development is within that core,” Sullivan said. “We hope it will be a catalyst for development.


“With the proximity so close to the commuter rail, I think that’s a real benefit,” he said.

Similar optimism is shared for another mixed-use development about a dozen miles north of Brockton in Quincy, where construction is slated to begin on a pair of six-story midrise buildings that will house retail space on the ground floor and 169 apartments on the five floors above. Officials hope the project will rejuvenate Quincy Center.

“This is going to be an important catalyst for downtown Quincy,” said Kyle Warwick, a principal of Gate Residential, the Boston firm developing West of Chestnut.

Quincy City Council president Joseph G. Finn said he views the project as a “positive thing [that will be] beneficial to the downtown area.”

Mixed-use development is key to creating a vibrant downtown, Finn said.

“The old concept of having an anchor store and retail around it just doesn’t match the practices of most of today’s consumers,” Finn said. With mixed-use projects like this, you’re “creating retail suited to the needs of the community you’re creating there,” he said.

Like Centre 50 in Brockton, the residential units at West of Chestnut will be rentals. Monthly rents would be $1,700 for a studio, $2,000 for a one-bedroom, and $2,500 for a two-bedroom, Warwick said.

The complex would market its units as luxury living for half the price of Boston, and amenities will include a “life suite” common area with a kitchen, lounge, and billiards tables, and a “health suite,” featuring a fitness center.


Potential tenants for the 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the ground level include convenience retail, health and fitness businesses, and restaurants, Warwick said.

If all goes according to plan, the first building would open in April 2016 and the second would follow in July 2016, Warwick said.

“We’re looking to break ground in March,” Warwick said.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.