Newton Community Preservation Program

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides local and state funds for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land.  To learn more about the CPA and Newton's program, click on any of the links above or at left or click here to sign up for email updates.

Slide Show of Current Newton CPA Proposals & Projects
(For a slide show of Newton's completed CPA projects, click here).

NEWS

Community Preservation Program staff will be working remotely until further notice. Staff is available by email at lkritzer@newtonma.gov to answer questions and review potential projects

 The next CPC meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10.The Agenda deadline for this meeting is Friday, October 23.

New CPA Proposals

Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Redesign - (Auburndale) Located between Lyons Field and the Charles River Bridge. The City of Newton is requesting $390,000 in Recreation funds to create the final design for the new bike and pedestrian pathway and green space.  Proposal recommended for CPA Funding at the September 15 Meeting. City Council is scheduled to begin their review at the October 19 Council Meeting.

Jackson Road/Haywood House New Senior Housing - (Newton Corner) Located between John F. Kennedy Circle and Jackson Road. Additional funding is requested to cover the material lift for transporting trash barrels to the main floor of a new building that will provide community space and supportive services for the 55 new affordable senior housing units it creates. Proposal recommended for CPA Funding at the October 4 Joint Meeting of the CPC and Planning and Development Board. City Council review to be scheduled.

 Grace Episcopal Tower Restoration - (Newton Corner) Grace Episcopal Church is requesting $1,433,000 in Historic Resource funds for the restoration of the ca. 1872 conical stone tower, steeple and belfry. Proposal recommended for CPA Funding at the October 13 Meeting. City Council review to be scheduled.

Jackson Homestead Fence Replacement - Historic Newton has submitted a pre-proposal for CPA Historic Resource funding to replace approximately 200-210 feet of badly damaged and decaying cedar picket fencing along the Jackson Road property line including two 4' x 4' walk gates and one 12' double gate for vehicles. The CPA funds would cover the cost of removal and disposal of old materials as well as the installation of a new fence. Full Proposal submitted on October 9 for November 10 Public Hearing.

Durant-Kenrick Gutter and Window Repairs - Historic Newton has submitted a pre-proposal for CPA Historic Resource funding to replace the failed copper-lined gutter system on the east façade of the 1732 Durant-Kenrick House with a new wood or historically appropriate fiberglass gutter, repair the damage to the exterior façade caused by water infiltration, and restore the six wood windows on the façade which are also water damaged.  Full Proposal submitted on October 9 for November 10 Public Hearing.

Recent Actions

In addition to recommending the Grace Episcopal Tower Restoration project as noted above, the CPC also reviewed the following at their October 13 meeting:

  • Golda Meir House/Stanton Avenue Expansion Additional Funding (160 Stanton Ave, Auburndale) On October 5, City Council approved the CPC's funding recommendation to provide 2LIife Communities additional $1,244,857 in Community Housing funds to expand their existing Senior Living facilities. 
  • South Burying Ground Fence Replacement (Historic Resources) - The CPC reviewed and approved a request by Historic Newton to use the funds remaining in the Historic Burying Grounds project fund to repair/replace damaged fencing and retaining walls along the north and east property lines ofthe South Burying Ground on Winchester Street. 

New CPA Pre-Proposals

There are no pre-proposals submitted at this time.  

Upcoming Meetings

The  CPC's November meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 10, beginning at 7:00 P.M. The agenda deadline for this meeting is Friday, October 23.

Dates & deadlines for other CPC meetings in 2020 are available from our Calendar link.

Funding Deadlines

The required first steps in the funding process are an in-person orientation meeting with staff and discussion of a short pre-proposal with the CPC at one of its regular public meetings. The CPC considers both pre-proposals and full proposals on a rolling basis:

  • Proposal sponsors are strongly encouraged to request their required orientation meetings and submit their pre-proposals as early as possible. The CPC has more time for thoughtful discussion of early pre-proposals, which also help the Committee consider reserving current funds for future use.
  • Each full proposal the CPC agrees to consider, based on its pre-proposal discussion, must be submitted for a staff "completeness review"  at least 5 weeks before the date requested for the CPC's public hearing and potential funding vote.  The CPC has a longstanding commitment to make all full proposals available to the public for at least 1 month prior to the proposal's public hearing.

Staff Contact & Email Updates

Slide Show of Newton's Completed CPA Projects

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