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ABOUT TOWN: Luxury Living or a Magnet for Crime at the Lodge at Stoughton Apartment Complex?

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LUXURY LIVING?: If you read the brochures, and the website, The Lodge at Stoughton is pure luxury.

It brags: "The Lodge at Stoughton is centrally located with easy access to Boston, and Highways. Your home at the Lodge at Stoughton includes black on black appliances, slate tile flooring, custom color accent walls, and Espresso stained cabinetry."

And continues, "Residents can enjoy our state of the art fitness club, resort style swimming pool, outdoor grilling area, playground and private screening room. Private access entry and available private garages are available as well. Come home to the Lodge at Stoughton today!"  

Located at Technology Center Drive off Route 139 in Stoughton (near the Courtyard Marriott), the first occupancy permit at the apartment complex was given in September 2011.

But, below the surface of the glowing brochure which touts its appealing surroundings and amenities is a trail of crime that ABOUT TOWN followed in local police logs since this past summer:  

July 16, 2012  

  • A man was shot in the back and taken to Boston Medical Center, according to Stoughton Police, just after noon. The shooting occurred in front of the Lodge at Stoughton apartment complex at 404 Technology Drive. The man's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.  

July 16, 2012  

  • There was a man with a gun at 408 Technology Drive in the same apartment complex, threatening to commit suicide during the evening. Stoughton Police and Fire arrived on scene and diffused the situation. The individual was transported, under police guard, to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton for psychiatric evaluation.  

 August 1, 2012  

  • Stoughton Police received a call at 6:28 p.m. for a report of several parties yelling profanities at one another in a parking lot outside an apartment building at the Lodge at Stoughton, 400 Technology Center Drive.  

September 5, 2012

  • Arrested Grace Ajah of 406 Technology Center Drive, charged with domestic assault and battery.

September 27, 2012

  • John Nardone of Quincy, Anthony Frasca of West Roxbury, and Monique Slaybi of West Roxbury were arrested by Stoughton Police on drug charges in the parking lot of the Lodge at Stoughton apartment complex on Technology Center Dr. in Stoughton early this morning.  

October 11, 2012  

  • Randolph Police arrested Darryll Wallace of Randolph, Raquan Baker-Parham of Randolph and Shaqulle Evans of 402 Technology Center Drive in Stoughton (the Lodge at Stoughton) at Randolph High School in the afternoon. All were charged with armed robbery.  

October 19, 2012  

  • Police arrested Lisa Marie Shea of 400 Technology Center Drive, Stoughton, and charged her with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

In fact, this year, the Stoughton Police Department has done 19 incident reports, made 11 arrests and had 4 crashes at the Lodge at Stoughton. That's not the total of calls for the apartment complex, though.

Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, talking in general with About Town, said, "Rental properties, in my experience, have residents who are less attentive than properties that are owned. Some renters are afraid to call the police because of the fear of retribution. They fear their lease could be terminated if they come forward."

Shastany continued, "This is why I am still pursuing a housing liaison officer. We could nip these problems in the bud. Management of these facilities need to be educated to partner with us to eradicate these kinds of problems."

Calls made to both listed lines at the apartment complex went unanswered Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Tina Martin November 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
with rents startimg at $2000,a month & up. You would think that there would be a very different class of people living @ the Lodge.
Snyder's Stoughton November 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
It is a Chapter 40B. 25% of residents are "low income."
Scott M November 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
There has been drug related ambulance calls there as well.
lowertaxes November 01, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The apartments that aren't 40B are empty from what I hear. Do we really need any more 40B in this town?
K.Lee November 01, 2012 at 10:26 PM
40b means reduced rent here not "free"and its still $1100 a month .There's problems in every community.What do you suggest be done Mr.Snyder?Burn the place down?
DJ November 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Not sure why the author feels this article will do anything but further the demise, but possibly he could explain the process for evaluating and distributing the available "affordable housing", which does not necessarily mean "low income" and low income does not necessarily equate to criminal. I voted against 40B's when we had the referendum question, but from what I understand, 20% of these apartments need to be made available to those who earn 80% of the median income level or less. There is a huge difference between 20 and 80%, so I'd question if there is any restriction or criteria followed or allowed to discern what level of income one is accepted at? Also, is the median calculation based on State or local levels? Many who fall within these incomes are law abiding. One large populous are the elderly whose incomes have been limited by so many factors. There are 40B's in virtually all communities so there must be a solution to deal with these adverse effects that voids stereotypical models and assumed triggers. I'm happy the police chief wants to address the issue, but with all due respect, can't imagine how a housing liaison officer would be the answer. Better planning is needed. I'd like to see the Town analyze real estate stock and sales. I suspect they'd find a handful of realtors who regularly engage in self serving, undervalue marketing; negatively impacting the percentages and doing nothing to improve or aid our community as a whole.
Snyder's Stoughton November 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I didn't support it being built in a technology area that was designed to bring in high-paying jobs. But, now that it is there, I would think that the management of the facility would be a bit more careful in screening potential tenants, It's a very nice place. But, they obviously have allowed many people to live there that have brought it down..
Ann L November 02, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Ann L. Why is it that you always seem to write negative articles about "The Lodge"? as if this a bad complex. The relatively few bad apples doesn't speak for the community in its entirety and Mr. Snyder in the event you weren't aware which I would very much doubt since this is your job, there are always going to be a few that creates problem, which I am sure happens up and down the street where you also live and in every community. Please don't paint a bad and negative image of "The Lodge" . It almost seems like you have a personal vendetta against the complex as I hear much worst happens at other apartments in Stoughton such as Quail Run, Alta Indian Wood and Stone Ends, but never seem to see their stories highlighted in your articles. Can you give decent residents a break without us having to read week after week about all the negativity that you write about our Apartment Complex.
Snyder's Stoughton November 02, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Hey, Ann. You must be new to my columns (which I've been writing since 1998. I have written about Stone Ends, Quail Run, and the others. I present the TRUTH about what is going on in our community. Is this column inaccurate? Did I make up the police reports? In the words of Pats Coach B, "it is what it is."
Derek Coady November 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I have a couple of friends who live at The Lodge and I think the community is beautiful. I have another friend who lives at Alta, and the same stuff takes place. Whoever this "Columnist" is, clearly has something against this development. He outwardly states his distaste for the community above. I have been a resident of Stoughton since I was born, and find this type of non-sense to be irresponsible. Mr. Snyder, I do not care if you have been writing since 1998 or even, it doesn't make you more credible if you are slinging bologna like this about a community, that, I have seen and been to many times. Not only are my friends happy there, so are most people that I encounter. Good luck with your smear campaign.. Perhaps you should find a hobby.
Snyder's Stoughton November 02, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Mr Coady, this article doesn't paste everyone who lives there in the same category. It simply states that a LARGE number of residents there have made the police log. And, even though I didn't write it, The Lodge (and Quail Run) are the two largest "users" of our public safety units. There are many nice people who live in all the apartments in Stoughton, including the Lodge and Quail Run. I have friends there. But, the numbers speak for themselves. Facts are facts. Read the police logs. Don't blame the messenger..
Max Don November 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I moved to this property in April 2012 from out of state. This property is well maintained and there is onsite security from the hours of 6PM to 9AM. Yes, when you have 250 apartments you will get some bad apples. However, residents are respectable and the people I have met have well paying professional jobs--most of them are from the New York and Vermont. The property management is attentive and professional too. The author of this post is bias--decision based off previous writings on stoughtonpatch and wickedlocals. Most of the people who live in this community have net disposable income and contribute to the city of Stoughton by supporting the businesses. By the way, Mark Snyder complained in past articles about the increase influx of children because of developments like the Lodge. Well Mr. Snyder, this community does not have many kids. Yes, they have been incidents and if you look at Stoughton Police Crime report, you will notice the same with homeowners. Before you believe anything this person has to say, drive through the property at anytime to see how well kept and quiet this apartment is maintained. There are no gang bangers hang outside, etc.
Max Don November 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I agree!
mark May 02, 2013 at 06:00 PM
mr. synder, a large number of residents have made the police log? really? do you know how many people live there? as stated by ann l, there's always someone/several that are bad actors/apples...whatever your fruit, i'v been living there for 6 months and the experience has been excellent. apartment living is certainly different than living in a single family house/neighborhood, but there have been no issues to report and i think the staff have been very responsive. often the people that start trouble don't even live at these type of complexes. no, your reporting is not inaccurate, but it paints the wrong image of most hard working people that live there. of course bad news is what sells, right?
Matt May 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I lived there and was completely terrified the entire time! Run as fast as you can! Remember this place is Stoughton by Zip Code only, it is really Randolph Brockton!

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