28 Austin Street - A Public Private Partnership




Project Contact

NEI General Contracting
(617) 213-0528

Next Liaison Committee Meeting 

Monday June 4, 2018 
6:30 pm at Newton City Hall, Planning Conference Room (Basement Level)




City Contact: austinstreet@newtonma.gov 617-796-1121

Latest News: 

  • THE PARKING LOT IS STILL OPEN! 50 3-hour metered spaces are still available in the Austin Street Municipal Lot behind construction (must be entered via Highland Ave to Bram Way) OR park in one of the 20 FREE 30 minute spaces at the end of the Star Market parking lot 
  • Click here for a parking map during the first phase of construction (April - June 2018)


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 has been formed to continue the dialogue with the community throughout construction.

 Project Overview  | Building Plans | Construction Management & Interim Parking plans & narrative - updated 1/3/2018 |  Business Engagement Plan  - updated 3/29/2018

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.

The City and Austin Street Partners are using Constant Contact to prepare and distribute project updates. If you sign up and do not see emails coming to your inbox, please first check your Spam and Promotions folders. Click here for our Technical FAQs.

28 Austin St Project Timeline

Excavation has begun!

Construction is set to begin April 17, 2018

The free shuttle will run Monday - Saturday, every twenty minutes.

  For shuttle times, stops, and route click here

  For real time shuttle information go to:


  Or download the APP (available for iPhone or Android users): 

  Ride Systems: make sure you choose "Shop Newtonville" as the transit agency 


Pre-Construction work began January 2018


Full Process:   

  • Fall 2016 - Winter 2018: Pre-construction process: Construction Document Preparation & Liaison Committee Meetings
  • Spring 2018 - Summer 2019: Project Construction & Liaison Committee Meetings
  • Summer-Fall 2019: Tenant Leasing & Liaison Committee Meeting


Project Update Archive

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee will next meet on May 2, 2018. Future meetings will be announced here.

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

Planning Department's Memorandum to the Liaison Committee_dated March 9, 2018

Plaza Design Plans_viewed and discussed March 14, 2018

Liaison Committee Minutes:


Related Projects:

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

  • Utility Upgrades in Austin Street:
    • The sewer and water infrastructure in Austin Street has been rehabilitated as part of the Citywide Infrastructure Repair Program. This work was completed between August 2016 and March 2017. more details.
  • Walnut Street Enhancements:
    • The City of Newton is embarking on a project to plan, design, and construct roadway, sidewalk and streetscape improvements for Walnut Street in the heart of Newtonville for construction starting in 2018. Working with the community, the project intends to enhance the safety, character, and functionality of Walnut Street for all users. Project includes hardscape elements: the street, sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting. Click here for more details and to participate online.



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 links include the documents from the approval process. Documents can also be viewed at City Hall, in the City Clerk's Office.

 | Special Permit Plans |  Parking Plan for During Construction Special Permit - All Process Documents  |  Planning Department Project Page  |

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