CPA Proposals & Projects

Crescent Street

Affordable Housing & Community Park

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
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 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

$7,383,094 including all costs/funding listed above


  • 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 &
    Carol Schein, Open Space Coordinator
    City of Newton Parks & Recreation Dept.
    246 Dudley Road, Kennard Park, Newton, MA 02459
    phone: 718.796.1500

CPA Funding Process

For minutes from the CPC's discussions of this project to date (February 2016-January 2017), click here.

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 - site assessment CPC funding recommendation

4 April 2016 - site assessment 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 - 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


Non-CPA City of Newton Funding

6 September 2016 - 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 - 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 & results, 2014 - present

2014-16 site environmental assessment:

2016-17 hiring of Owner's Project Manager (OPM) for the City:


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

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