70 Crescent Street, Auburndale, MA 02465
To follow & participate in the City of Newton's overall design & planning process for this project, click here.
Build 8 units of rental housing, with at least 4 units permanently affordable (see proposed income levels below) and expand an existing small community park (the Reverend Ford Playground) on land taken for the Mass Turnpike in the early 1960s but later returned to the City of Newton and used by its Parks & Recreation Dept.
funds appropriated as of September 2017:
CPA funds appropriated for site assessments; CPA funds spent $41,752
|$100,000||City non-CPA funds appropriated for site cleanup|
CPA funds appropriated for feasibility & design: $103,378 for housing; $156,622 for playground
In addition, $58,247 of funds unspent from the site assessment above were forwarded for feasibility & design: $8,247 for housing; $50,000 for playground.
|$298,500||City non-CPA funds appropriated for feasibility & design|
|additional funding proposed:|
|$1,446,622||additional CPA funds to be requested for affordable housing (4 units for households at 60% - 80% of Area Median Income)|
|$1,093,378||additional CPA funds to be requested for expansion of Rev. Ford Playground|
|$3,431,469||estimated total additional non-CPA City funds for housing (2 units for households at up to 120% of Area Median Income, plus 2 market-rate units), including value of contributed City staff time|
estimated total additional non-CPA City funds for expansion of Rev. Ford Playground, including value of contributed City staff time
|TOTAL ESTIMATED PROJECT COST|
|$7,383,094||including all costs/funding listed above|
For minutes from the CPC's discussions of this project to date (February 2016-January 2017), click here.
29 January 2016 - pre-proposal, with preliminary development budgets for full project
17 March 2016 - site assessment CPC funding recommendation
4 April 2016 - site assessment City Council order (appropriation, $100,000)
12-21 December 2016 - full proposal ($316,555 in CPA funds; reduced to $258,308 by requesting to apply unspent balance from site assessment), divided into several files:
19 January 2017 - design funding public hearing presentation
30 January 2017 - design funding CPC recommendation
6 March 2017 - design funding City Council order (appropriation, $260,000)
27 October-1 November 2017 - project update to CPC, requesting to submit off-cycle full proposal for additional $2,640,000 in CPA funding; includes updated housing unit mix (income levels and no. of bedrooms), development budget and 10-year operating budget (housing only), and presentation to/recommendations from Design Review Committee
28 November 2017 - visual presentation to CPC, including site plan, general layout of the playground/park, and floor plans, elevations and interior views for the housing
6 September 2016 - site cleanup City Council Order (appropriation, $100,000), based on site environmental assessment (assessment reports under "Project News" below)
6 March 2017 - design funding City Council order (appropriation, $298,500)
23 November 2011 - Planning Dept. initial memo to Real Property Reuse Committee
19 September 2012 - Joint Advisory Planning Group Final Report (citizen advisory committee appointed to advise the Reuse Committee)
13 July 2015 - Planning Dept. final memo to Board of Aldermen Real Property Reuse Committee
16 November 2015 - Board of Aldermen final order for allowed/required reuse of this site
2016-17 hiring of Owner's Project Manager (OPM) for the City: