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Old candy factory a sweet spot for high-end housing

From left, state deputy housing secretary Arthur Jemison, housing secretary Greg Bialecki, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., and developer Andy Montelli at the candy site.
From left, state deputy housing secretary Arthur Jemison, housing secretary Greg Bialecki, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., and developer Andy Montelli at the candy site.Kathy McCabe/Globe Staff

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EVERETT — While the city waits to find out if a resort casino will be built on its waterfront, a $90 million construction project could transform the former Charleston Chew candy factory into a sweet spot in the Greater Boston housing market, a top state official said.

“It seems like this was a development just waiting to happen,” Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki said during a visit to the city last Tuesday. “It’s probably less than 5 miles from downtown Boston, and it’s accessible by all sorts of roadways and public transportation.”

The long-idled factory site on lower Broadway, about a mile from the proposed casino site, is being converted to a 328-unit luxury apartment complex to be named The Batch Yard, a nod to its legacy of chocolate making.

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