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Participating Developers – 2015

Listed below are the participating developers for the 2015 competition.

Asian Community Development Corporation

Contact: Angie Liou Office Phone icon 617-482-2380

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Malden, MA

Description: ACDC has identified an ideal site at 368 Pleasant Street near downtown Malden as a potential housing development. The property is currently owned by the Malden Post 69 of the American Legion. Downtown Malden has seen the development of several hundred new units of market rate apartments, but there has been no new affordable housing development within Malden for at least several years. Boston’s Chinatown has remained the cultural and economic hub for many Asian immigrants, but it has become difficult for many to find housing and settle here. Malden has become an auxiliary destination for recent Asian immigrants, with 20 percent of its population being of Asian descent, according to the 2010 census. We look forward to working with the students to create a great housing development for this site.

Status: Do not have control of site yet.

CAN-DO and Newton Housing Authority

Contact: Josephine McNeil Office Phone icon 617-964-3527

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Newton, MA

Description: The 70 Crescent Street site is located in the Auburndale neighborhood of Newton is owned by the city. It is an irregularly shaped site that is approximately 98,088 square feet and is located directly south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The site includes three contiguous fenced-in parcels, which are being used as an NSTAR electrical substation, a small park area, and playground. The Commissioners of Parks excluded some of the site area from reuse, leaving the total parcel available at 62,088 square feet. We recommend, however, that reuse of the site consider the entire parcel.

We look forward to working with a team who will be intrigued and motivated to work with the sponsors on a plan that would be so innovative and dynamic that it will be a model for what is possible even in a community which resists multi-family housing.
Status: The property has been designated as surplus property by the city. We are waiting for an RFP from the city for the development of the property.

The Community Builders, Inc.

Contact: James Madden Office Phone icon 857-221-8672, and Mike Loranzo

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Worcester, MA

Description: The site at 92 Grand Street is a large vacant parcel located immediately adjacent to TCB's 93 Grand/Loomworks project currently in construction. Both sites were part of the former Crompton and Knowles Loomworks. The lot is currently an eyesore; it is strewn with trash, weeds, abandoned vehicles, and trailers. Acquisition, cleanup, and stabilization of this property would greatly add value to our Loomworks project at 93 Grand Street and provide a possible future phase to our work in Worcester. TCB plans the eventual construction of up to 78 affordable/mixed-income units on the parcel.

Status: Option to purchase agreement in place.

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

Contact: Vita Shklovsky Office Phone icon 1-508-308-5097

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Mattapan, MA

Description: Codman Square NDC is collaborating with the neighborhood group, Redefining Our Community, to develop this TOD site. The site includes two abutting parcels – front-facing 872 Morton Street and the wooded 23-25 Hopkins Street lot. Formerly home to a blighted decommissioned police station, 872 Morton Street is approximately 16,000 square feet of vacant land. ROC plans to create a mixed-use property, with rental housing and commercial uses. The rear lot includes 18,000 square feet of woodland space, and we plan to create a serenity garden on this parcel. Located across the street from the Morton Street Station on the commuter rail line, the site is poised for great community development potential.

Status: The two sites are currently owned by the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. The 872 Morton Street site has been temporarily leased to MassDOT for use while rebuilding the Morton Street Bridge. DND expected to have the lease end by the December 2014 (or early 2015), but delays in the bridge project have pushed that timeline back. Once the site is again in DND’s possession, they will conduct the necessary environmental and other review processes before issuing a development RFP.

Housing Corp of Arlington

Contact: Pam Hallett Office Phone icon 1-781-316-3429

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Arlington, MA

Description: 117 Broadway Arlington was purchased by HCA in September 2014 and is currently housing the Arlington Food Pantry’s second location. After consulting with the city’s Planning Department, our intent is to construct a mixed-use building that would span both lots with commercial on the first floor and affordable rental units on three floors above. One tenant of the commercial space will be the Arlington Food Pantry (about 1500 square feet); two other potential tenants are a cafe, coffee shop or small diner (second location for the Kick Stand Cafe) and the New Covenant Pre-School. We anticipate 25 to 30 units of affordable housing and approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial space for this project.

Status: HCA has purchased the 117 Broadway lot and is in negotiations with the owner of the adjacent lot for a long-term land lease.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

Contact: Alexis Smith Office Phone icon 1-510-847-2200

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Newton, MA

Description: The site located at 333 Nahanton Street is particularly exciting due to synergies with two adjacent uses: Coleman House, a 146-unit HUD 202 project, and the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, which offers wellness, learning, and cultural activities for all ages. Any new development on the site will occur in concert with a refinance and major renovation of Coleman House. Though a specific program for the site has not yet been developed, we anticipate that the site will accommodate roughly 100 to 150 units of mixed-income senior housing. We interested in exploring a financing model that can accommodate a moderate income tier to serve the dramatically expanding senior population that is virtually squeezed out of the market. The building will offer amenities and social services consistent with those provided at all JCHE sites. We are committed to innovating new and creative ways to support seniors, and are eager to partner with a student team to refine and enrich our model for enabling seniors to age in community.

Status: The site is owned by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. The JCC and JCHE have engaged in initial conversations regarding a partnership to investigate potential development of the site, and JCHE is conducting preliminary concept planning. The JCC supports JCHE entering the site in the Affordable Housing Development Competition as a way to explore options for development and is also excited to engage with the student team to explore synergies between the two organizations and the project.

Urban Edge

Contact: Shaina Korman-Houston Office Phone icon 617-989-9336

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Boston, MA

Description: Urban Edge, in partnership with JPNDC has been redeveloping Jackson Square into a TOD mixed-income/mixed-use community. The next generation of this redevelopment is to start looking at underutilized land around the current development. There is a state owned 80,000 square foot parking lot for a community college that is rarely used. This site could potentially house six stories of affordable or mixed-income housing and is one block from a T station.

Status: The site is owned by the State of Massachusetts and is a parking lot for Roxbury Community College.

Metro West Collaborative Development

Contact: Steve Laferriere Office Phone icon 617-923-3505

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Belmont, MA

Description: Belmont Village consists of 100 units of state-funding public housing, spread out over seven acres. The homes have seen little investment since construction and kitchens and baths are long outdated. The Belmont Housing Authority, working with Metro West Collaborative Development, is interested in exploring redevelopment options that could create additional affordable homes.

Status: Belmont Village is owned by the Belmont Housing Authority.

Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc.

Contact: Lisa Alberghini Office Phone icon 617-350-8885

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Salem, MA

Description: This potential affordable housing initiative is located on a roughly two acre site on Lafayette Street/Route 114 that leads into downtown Salem. The site is a former church parish property, on which POUA has recently completed a 51-unit affordable hosting development with ground floor commercial space. It also contains a vacant school building and a vacant rectory, which are the subject of the proposed development. The site is less than one mile from Salem State University and a half mile from the largest employment center in Salem, and serves as a gateway to both downtown and The Point. We would like assistance from the students in helping to identify feasible re-use and preservation options of the two historically significant buildings. The plan should address local housing needs, further connect the site to the surrounding neighborhood, respond to stakeholder concerns, create economic diversity, and support green development. Various housing tenures including rental and homeownership should be considered, as well as income-targeting that encompasses a broad range of housing opportunities.

Status: The site is owned by a POUA controlled entity. With site control and zoning in hand, the site is ready to proceed immediately to implementation upon completion of the competition.

Caribbean Integration

Contact: Donald Alexis Office Phone icon 617-792-1245

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Mattapan, MA

Description: The development site is the current underutilized MBTA Mattapan Station parking facility at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and River Street. The site is approximately 1.75 acres. The goal is to redevelop the site to a transit oriented mixed-use development that incorporates ground floor commercial, mixed income rentals, homeownership, and space that will foster greater cross-cultural community integration. The new development will transform the block to a true transit oriented location and contribute to the revitalization of the Mattapan community.

Status: RFP for the site will occur within the next three months.




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