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Participating Developers And Projects – 2018

The Developers participating in the 2018 Competition are listed below. To view the developers who have participated in prior years and their pipeline projects, please see the links to the left.


Cambridge Housing Authority

Contact: Margaret Donnelly Moran email icon Office Phone icon 617-520-6251

Organization Type: Housing Authority

Potential Site: Cambridge, MA

Description: Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) owns the property known as Linnaean Street Housing at 44 Linnaean Street, located between Harvard and Porter Square and across the street from the Radcliffe Quadrangle. The property was originally constructed as a Radcliffe dorm, but has been providing housing in 20 large studio units to elderly residents and people with disabilities since 1981. The property has seen limited renovations since the CHA acquired it in 1981 and requires substantial modernization. The property is located on a 0.44-acre site which could possibly support either a change in the population housed at the site, or additional new units. An existing conditions study has been completed. The project has been approved to be converted to Section 8 housing through HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration.

Status: CHA owns the Linnaean Street Housing site.


The Community Builders, Inc.

Contact: Lydia Scott email icon Office Phone icon 857-221-8796

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Worcester, MA

Description: In 2016, The Community Builders (TCB) acquired a 132-unit development in Worcester’s Elm Park neighborhood through a Chapter 40T designation agreement with the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to preserve the site’s affordability. A substantial rehabilitation of the five buildings in the Sever Street development is currently under way with completion scheduled for November 2018.

As part of the Sever Street transaction, TCB has an opportunity to develop additional housing units on the site, which is the goal of this project. The acquired property contains an undeveloped area in the southwestern section of the site, adjacent to the existing high-rise building and surface parking lot. This square portion of land measures approximately 18,000 square feet, or 0.41 acres, and is zoned for multifamily residential use. The existing 10-story building on the parcel serves as a transition towards increased density approaching the downtown. A residential neighborhood comprised primarily of triple-deckers is located directly west of the site, and a small commercial corridor lies due south. The site is within a mile radius of downtown Worcester, cultural amenities, and universities, and is well served by local bus and regional rail transit options. 

Status: TCB acquired the property in 2016.


Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

Contact: Lizbeth Heyer email icon Office Phone icon 617-912-8475

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Brighton, MA

Description: JJ Carroll consists of 64 senior federal public housing units adjacent to Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly’s (JCHE's) 761-unit supported senior housing campus in Brighton. In response to the Boston Housing Authority's 2014 high market redevelopment RFQ, JCHE proposed to acquire and redevelop JJ Carroll. JCHE’s proposal was to preserve the existing affordability using HUD's demolition and disposition program and at least double the density with additional affordable senior units. A highlight of this plan is that the current and future residents would benefit from JCHE's amazing programs and services. The site is also situated next door to a 61-unit affordable project currently under construction. In anticipation of these developments, JCHE recently prepared a campus plan to explore how to connect these new properties to our already vibrant senior village center.

Status: JCHE anticipates that the BHA will be ready to initiate planning and disposition in 2018. The first formal step will be issuance of an RFP to select a developer. JCHE will respond to the RFP and believes we are best positioned as a direct abutter and senior housing developer/provider to be selected. The FHLB Boston competition is a perfect opportunity to take a first and highly creative look at this exciting project.


Lawrence CommunityWorks

Contact: John Harden email icon Office Phone icon 978-722-2620

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Lawrence, MA

Description: Situated in the city of Lawrence, this project encompasses the redevelopment of a vacant 350,000- square-foot mill building into affordable housing, together with a commercial component that would ideally support the neighborhood and job creation.

Status: Lawrence CommunityWorks has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the current owners and is completing due diligence with several interested potential acquisition funders.


NewVue Communities

Contact: Peter Smith email icon Office Phone icon 617-512-6489

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Athol, MA

Description: The town of Athol owns two small historic school buildings on one plot of land that is 3.25 acres in size with great potential to redevelop into needed affordable housing. Zoned for residential use, the site offers opportunities for creative site planning for recreational uses, play spaces, open space and other place making ideas. Broader neighborhood context is important to the success of the site. There is also potential for construction of new affordable housing to complement the rehabilitation of the historic structures.

Status: A Request for Proposal was issued by the town. NewVue Communities is the only respondent and is currently working with the town to develop its proposal.


South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation

Contact: Donna Brown email icon Office Phone icon 617-268-9610

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: South Boston, MA

Description: South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (South Boston NDC) is responding to a City of Boston Request for Interest for Housing and Public Assets for the adaptive reuse of The South Boston Branch Library. The site has high potential to offer much needed affordable housing to the city with approximately 50 one-bedroom units. Elderly housing is an option on this site. The development will include the replacement of the 10,000-square-foot library on the ground floor and possible commercial/restaurant space. Under current zoning, the building can be up to six stories.

Status: South Boston NDC is in the process of responding to the city’s Request for Interest.

 

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