CPA Proposals & Projects

Crescent Street 

Affordable Housing & Community Park

70 Crescent Street, Auburndale, MA 02465

Click on the following links to:


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.

housing units & income levels (AMI = area median income)

updated 6 March 2018 to reflect the 6 March 2018 updated budgets below

unit size 60% AMI  ≤ 80% AMI  <99% AMI  ≤120% AMI total units 



 2 bdrms, 1 bath

1  2  --  1  4  8
 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths  1  1  1  1  4 12 



funds appropriated as of September 2017: 


CPA funds appropriated for site assessments; CPA funds spent $41,752
For reports from these assessments below, click here.

$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 requested: 

To be confirmed -- the 6 March 2018 updated budgets below include two alternative funding plans.

 $1,479,930 additional CPA funds requested for affordable housing (4 units for households at 60% - 80% of Area Median Income, out of total 8 units)
 $1,095,070 additional CPA funds requested for expansion of Rev. Ford Playground
$2,686,432 additional non-CPA City funds for both housing & the expansion of Rev. Ford Playground  (excluding cost of City staff time)
$6,019,932 including all costs/funding listed above
breakdown from development budget in December 2017 CPA proposal: 
$4,720,127  total housing costs
 $1,299,805 total playground/park costs
 $583,499 total other costs (includes cost of all City staff time)


  • Joshua Morse, Commissioner &
    Rafik Ayoub, Project Manager
    City of Newton Public Buildings Dept.
    52 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
    phone: 617.796.1600
  • Barney Heath, Director &
    Amanda Berman, Housing Development Planner
    Planning and Development Dept.
    City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02459
    phone: 617.796.1120
  • Robert DeRubeis, Commissioner
    City of Newton Parks & Recreation Dept.
    246 Dudley Road, Kennard Park, Newton, MA 02459
    phone: 718.796.1500

CPA Funding Process

Click here for minutes from the CPC's discussions of this project to date (February 2016-January 2018).

2016 overall pre-proposal & site environmental assessment

29 January 2016 - pre-proposal, with preliminary development budgets for full project

18 February-1 March 2016 - site assessment proposal and quotes from Public Buildings on-call consultants; does not include project development budgets

17 March 2016 - CPA site assessment funding CPC recommendation

4 April 2016 - CPA site assessment funding City Council order (appropriation, $100,000)

2016-17 feasibility & design

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 - CPA design funding public hearing presentation

30 January 2017 - CPA design funding CPC recommendation

6 March 2017 - CPA design funding City Council order (appropriation, $260,000)

27 October-1 November 2017 - update to CPC, requesting to submit off-cycle full proposal for additional $2,640,000 in CPA funding (budget updates, presentation to/recommendations from Design Review Committee)

28 November 2017 - visual presentation to CPC, including schematic site plans, floor plans, elevations and interior views for the housing

2017-18 final design & construction

20 December 2017 - off-cycle full proposal requesting additional $2,575,000 in CPA funding; posted as these separate files:

23 January 2018 - presentation to CPC public hearing

January-February 2018 - project updates & correspondence:

17 January through 5 March 2018 - community letters received about this proposal to date (not submitted by proposal sponsor)

13 February 2018 - At this meeting, the Community Preservation Committee voted to commission a review of this proposal's budgets by an independent, expert consultant.

 6 March 2018 - updated project budgets (revised from December 2017), including updated mix of unit sizes & incomes and two alternative funding plans: "Affordable Housing Financing Plan" and "Standalone Financing Plan"

Non-CPA City of Newton Funding

6 September 2016 - non-CPA City funding site cleanup City Council Order (appropriation, $100,000), based on site environmental assessment (assessment reports under "Project News" below)

  • This September 2016 document also includes details for the Public Buildings Dept.'s recommended site cleanup method and cost estimates.

6 March 2017 - non-CPA City design funding City Council order (appropriation, $298,500)


Project News & Results

project planning 2011-2015

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)

2006-January 2014 - neighborhood historic maps and neighborhood historic photos

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

project management, 2014 - present

site environmental assessments:

public bidding for consultant services:


Project Olds (Neighborhood History)

1870s-1960s - neighborhood historic maps and neighborhood historic photos

2000 - Massachusetts historic survey of the neighborhood

2008 - neighborhood listing on the National Register of Historic Places

back to top