Public Buildings Department

Mailing Address Department Contact

Public Buildings Department
52 Elliot Street    Newton Highlands, MA 02461
(617) 796-1600  (617) 796-1601 Fax

Josh Morse
Public Buildings Commissioner


The mission of Newton’s Public Buildings Department is to maintain and improve City buildings to provide safe, accessible, and sustainable facilities that appropriately support City departments, programs and services for residents and visitors.  The department is responsible for approximately 2.6 million square feet of space in 78 municipal and school buildings.

(For information regarding building permits or zoning issues, please see Inspectional Services.)

Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee & Design Review Committee Applications Sought

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has taken the first steps in addressing the facility needs of Newton’s seniors.  She is establishing a Working Group to determine the range of core programs needed to provide comprehensive services, as well as the type of facility the City will ultimately need.

One of the central questions to be addressed is whether plans should be for a new or renovated facility primarily for seniors, or an intergenerational community center. The Working Group will be collaborating with members of many departments -- Senior Services, Parks and Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Planning, and Public Buildings to make sure the City is taking a holistic approach to addressing this important community need, and considering all options. The City Council will also be involved.

In addition to the Working Group, two other groups are forming:

  • Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee: This committee consists of city staff, elected officials, and community members that meets every 1-2 months, in the evening, over the course of about 18 to 24 months, to review and vote to approve critical milestones throughout the design and approval process. 
  • In addition, there are two (2) seats on the city’s Design Review Committee for community representatives to assist this important committee in reviewing the detailed design of the project.This group will meet approximately monthly in the evening for the duration of the project.

All Newton residents interested in serving on the Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee or Design Review Committee are invited to complete an online application (a Survey Monkey form) by clicking the link below:

Link for Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee & Review Design Committee Application

Applications must be completed on or before Friday, March 30th to be considered. Applicants should be willing to commit to monthly meetings throughout for the next 18 to 24 months. 






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