The City of Newton is in the process of repurposing the former Parks and Recreation Department administrative offices and maintenance facility at 70 Crescent Street as a mixed-use property, which will include the expansion of the existing Reverend Ford Playground and the development of eight units of mixed-income housing. The project is being led the Crescent Street Working Group, which is comprised neighborhood residents, City Council members, and City staff from the Public Buildings Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Planning and Development Department.
Since the Board Order for the reuse of the property was approved by the City Council in November of 2015, the Crescent Street Working Group has been working to move the project forward. This has included site remediation work and a successful application to Newton’s Community Preservation Committee for funding to support the design phase of the project. In winter of 2017 an Owner’s Project Manager (City Point Partners and the Ciccolo Group )was hired by the City of Newton to manage the project. A design team comprised of Abacus Architects + Planners and Crosby │ Schlesinger │Smallridge was hired in spring of 2017 to begin the schematic design phase of the project.
Additional information about the project, including the application to the CPC for design funds, can be accessed on the Crescent Street project page on the CPC website.
Master Schedule for Site Plan Approval
Updated Plans, as of September 26, 2017
Preliminary Plans July 21, 2017
Preliminary Views July 21, 2017
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Phone: 617-796-1120 or call Rafik Ayoub with the Public Buildings Department at 617-796-1600.
October 18, 2017, 6:00 pm: The Design Review Committee (DRC) will meet at 6:00 pm in the Library Board of Trustees' Room in the Newton Free Library to discuss and possibly vote on the updated site plans for the Crescent Street Housing and Reverend Ford Playground Redevelopment project. The DRC will review the plans in terms of layout, construction, and relationship to the surroundings. The public is welcome to attend.
September 26, 2017, Community Meeting Presentation, Click here
August 22, 2017, Presentation, Click here
July 25, 2017, Working Group Presentation. Click here
June 15, 2017, Crescent Street Housing and Reverence Ford Playground Expansion Project - Schematic Design Concepts. Click here to view presentation
Pre-Design Project Update and Public Input Meeting May 11, 2017!
The Crescent Street Working Group will be hosting an Open House and Presentation with the public on May 11, 2017 to kick-off the schematic design phase of the Crescent Street Housing and Reverend Ford Playground Expansion project. Members of the community are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about project and provide input to the project team.
Reverend Ford Playground Site Visit and Discussion May 13, 2017!
A site visit to the Reverend Ford Playground will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The site visit will allow members of the community to tour the site with members of the design team in an informal setting and share their perspective on the project.