28 Austin Street - A Public Private Partnership

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Message from Newton Dept. of Public Works

Utility Rehabilitation on Austin Street is underway.


Oct 17: Water Pipe Replacement to begin at Austin St & Walnut St. Estimated timeline: 4-6 weeks. Expect detours. More info.


Next Steps:

  • Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation on Austin St and Newtonville Ave is anticipated for November

Completed Work:

  • Aug 1-Sept 2: Completed Primary Sewer Rehabilitation


28 Austin Street

The City of Newton and Austin Street Partners have come together as a partnership for this exciting mixed use project at 28 Austin Street in Newtonville, the site of a long-standing public parking lot. Austin Street Partners will construct mixed-income housing and new retail space, restore the parking lot, and work with the community to design and construct two new public spaces. When construction is finished,  the City of Newton will retain ownership of the property and maintain and operate the public parking lot as it has in the past. A project of this size involves considerable preparation and planning (see approximate timeline below).  A Liaison Committee is being formed to continue the dialogue with the community throughout construction.

Project Overview  |  Parking Plan for During Construction  |

Stay Informed!

As construction gets closer, there will be periodic updates about the project, including the agendas for upcoming Liaison Committee meetings. Occasionally, there will also be times when Alerts are sent out to provide quick updates on specific timely topics: e.g. the start of the shuttle bus service to Aquinas School Parking Lot, or temporary lane closures. We encourage you to sign up for the email list. Past project update emails can be found below under project history.

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Liaison Committee

The next meeting of the 28 Austin Street Liaison Committee will be Tuesday January 10th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Newton Senior Center, located at 345 Walnut St, Newtonville, MA 02460.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Public comment will open at the beginning of the meeting. If you cannot attend, please email the chair, Jake Auchincloss, at jauchincloss@newtonma.gov with your comment or question.

28 Austin St Project Timeline

There are a number of steps before a construction start date will be announced. Here is an approximate timeline for the process:

  • Fall 2016 - Winter 2017: Pre-construction process: Construction Document Preparation & Liaison Committee Meetings
  • Spring 2017 - Spring 2018: Project Construction & Liaison Committee Meetings
  • Spring-Summer 2018: Tenant Leasing & Liaison Committee Meetings re: final installations

Related Projects

Previously planned Newtonville street improvements will be coordinated with 28 Austin Street construction to minimize disruption.

  • Summer-Fall 2016: Austin St Utility Upgrades - as part of the Citywide Infrastructure Repair Program 
    • August 2016: Sewer Rehabilitation Excavation (more details)
    • October 2016: Water Pipe Replacement (more details)
    • November 2016: Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation
  • Summer-Fall 2018: Newtonville Enhancements Project (Walnut Street Corridor Improvements

28 Austin St Project History & Archives

The 28 Austin Street project was approved by the Newton City Council on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.The following two links include the documents from the approval process. Documents can also be viewed at City Hall, in the City Clerk's Office.

Special Permit Process Documents  |  Planning Department Project Page  |

Project Update Archive

Liaison Committee Minutes Archive

Further Questions: email austinstreet@newtonma.gov | call 617-796-1127

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