Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all the wonderful folks who are doing their part in the world. To our unsung mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, mentors and more, thank you!  

We wanted to send a special shout out to some of the women who joined us for coffee at #525Beach. It was an exciting cultural exchange! It was really heartwarming to hear so much commonality from a diverse crowd. One of the most common beliefs is to “love and respect your neighbors”.  #LoveYourNeighbor #Community #Internationalswomensday #UnsungHeroes

-Vanny, CE Manager and Monica, RS Manager

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Homes at 242 Spencer

Homes are the cornerstone of health and opportunity. 2018 marks The Neighborhood Developers’ (TND) 40th year bringing homes to Chelsea. Under Construction at 242 Spencer, the framework for  high-quality, well-managed homes is being erected. TND’s newest affordable rental housing development, consisting of 34 units, all at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with 11 units restricted to extremely low-income households at or below 30 percent of AMI.

242 Spencer is located in a mixed-use neighborhood that provides excellent access to Chelsea’s four public elementary schools and public transportation, including two MBTA bus routes that connect residents to the MBTA Blue Line and other points in Chelsea, Revere and East Boston. Within a five-minute walk of the development site are local shopping options, public parks, and Beth Israel Deaconness’ Chelsea medical facilities. The City of Chelsea has demonstrated support for the development of affordable apartments at 242 Spencer as a means to create lasting affordability for current Chelsea residents and for those from neighboring communities that are facing the regional pressure of rapidly growing housing costs.

TND will partner with Housing Families to provide services to families in eight units reserved for formerly homeless or at-risk families.

In The Press

 

A special thanks to our funders:

  • Equity: RBC Tax Credit Equity Group

  • Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

  • Tax-Exempt Bond Financing: MassDevelopment

  • Construction and Permanent Financing: Boston Private Bank

  • Subordinate Debt: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation; and North Suburban HOME Program

  • Predevelopment, Acquisition and Construction Financing: The Life Initiative

 

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

CityLab: HUD May Push New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents
A draft budget document obtained by CityLab would also raise rents for millions of people who receive housing aid, including the country’s most vulnerable residents.

NationalSafetyCouncil: Celebrating Lost Loved Ones
We are losing far too many loved ones to the opioid epidemic. In 2016, we lost over 37,814 people; people we love and care about. While we cannot bring them back, we can honor them and continue to educate the public on the dangers of opioids.

MIT: 12-year Study Looks At Effects Of Universal Basic Income
$25 million will be given to participants, with no strings attached.

JCHS: Is Rent Growth Finally Slowing?
Rents rose faster than inflation in almost three-quarters of the nation's major housing markets, according to analyses done for our latest America's Rental Housing report.

FastCompany: This Nonprofit Offers Tax Help To Low-Income Parents In Pediatricians’ Waiting Rooms
StreetCred is all about bundling two necessary resources–healthcare and financial assistance–in one central place.

CityLab: Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?
New research finds that housing instability can affect the mental and physical health of family members of all ages.

ChelseaRecord: Major Recycler Cheering Plastic Bag Bans, Including Chelsea’s Potential One
One of the largest recycling plants in the nation, Casella Waste in Charlestown, is hailing the recent spate of plastic bag bans in the area, including the discussions happening right now in Chelsea about a potential ban.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities
This book is dedicated to the idea that all children are born with bright eyes and that the ultimate “outcome” is keeping their eyes bright for a lifetime.

 

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

BostonGlobe: 34 affordable housing units going up in Chelsea
The Neighborhood Developers are constructing a four-story, 34-unit affordable apartment building on the site of the former French Naturalization Club at 242 Spencer Ave.

CityLab: Does America Have a Caste System?
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different?

The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn announces Labour will buy every homeless person in the country a house
Labour will buy every homeless person in the UK a house if the party is elected, Jeremy Corbyn has announced.

HousingWire: Renters take over nearly 25% of major U.S. cities
Rentership growth outpacing homeownership in 97 of top 100 cities.

Brookings: THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION: A demographic bridge to America’s diverse future
The millennial generation, over 75 million strong is America’s largest—eclipsing the current size of the postwar baby boom generation

538: Fewer Crimes Get Counted When Police Are Slow To Respond
A 911 call was made at 11:09 p.m. on October 15, 2015, to report a battery incident involving a relatively minor use of force.

Forbes: The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018
The 2007 housing crisis was particularly tough on African-Americans, as well as Hispanics, extinguishing much of their already miniscule wealth. Industrial layoffs, particularly in the Midwest, made things worse.

JCHS: What Would it Take to Overcome Exclusionary Barriers, and Promote More Affordable Options in All Neighborhoods?
What would it take to make new neighborhoods, and remake old ones, so that large, complex, metropolitan areas moved decisively toward racial and economic integration?

BUToday: Leaders of US Cities Worried about Lack of Affordable Housing
If you want to get mayors of US cities talking, says BU political scientist David Glick, ask them about affordable housing.

ChicagoTribune: Caught in a 'Dream'
We asked 41 'Dreamers' about their homes, their birthplaces and DACA. Here's what they said.

Boston Magazine: Boston Appeared on Zillow’s List of Cities with Housing Markets at “Crisis Levels”
Surprisingly, plenty of other places are worse off than us.

CityLab: How Student Loans Are Killing Homeownership
It’s really not the avocado toast: Ballooning college debt is keeping Millennials from buying more houses.

BostonBusinessJournal: U.S. Conference of Mayors taps Walsh to lead housing committee
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has tapped Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as chair of the council’s committee on housing.

ChelseaRecord: Momentum for Plastic Bag Ban Grows, Not Everyone on Board
A major first jab at banning plastic shopping bags took place at City Hall on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, and many believe that momentum is gathering for the ban.

RevereJournal: Sen Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation
With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen.

EverettIndependent: Mayor, Council Look to Study Bringing in Linkage Fees
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City Council are bringing back an idea with a long history in the annals of Everett City government – that being Linkage Fees charged to commercial developers.

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

WashingtonPost: New survey of mayors shows most are concerned about lack of affordable housing
Many of the nation’s mayors are concerned about the price of housing and the ability of residents to afford living in their cities, according to a survey of more than 100 mayors from across the country.

BostonGlobe: Walsh aims to rein in short-term rental market
In a bid to ease Boston’s persistent housing shortage, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is seeking to rein in Airbnb and other online services that have turned thousands of apartments and condos into de facto hotel rooms.

WGBH: Medicaid Work Requirements Perpetuate A 'Vicious Cycle' Of Poverty
It’s the faces that get to me. The resigned faces of the women lined up waiting to be served at the Pine Street Inn.

Bloomberg: How Helsinki uses a board game to promote public participation
When mayors talk about “citizen engagement,” two things usually seem clear: It’s a good thing and we need more of it.

CityLab: The Psychology of Boston's Snow Parking Wars
In Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, an informal code allows residents to claim a parking space after shoveling it out. But the practice is often at odds both with the law and with the mores of changing neighborhoods.

VOX: The real victims of government shutdowns are poor kids, military vets, and low-paid workers
The third day of the federal shutdown has already started disrupting the lives of Americans all across the country.

JCHS: Really?! Ten Surprising Findings from the America's Rental Housing Report
Following the release of our America's Rental Housing report last month, one of the most common questions has been: "Which findings are new or surprising to you?"

WickedLocal: LETTER: More affordable housing projects like Frost Terrace needed
A Better Cambridge congratulates the entire Cambridge community for the unanimous zoning board approval of the Frost Terrace housing development at 1791 Massachusetts Ave. in Porter Square.

CNBC: Nearly half of young millennials get thousands in secret support from their parents
Forget buying a home — even renting a room is out of reach to many young people, especially in big cities. Wages have stagnated but rents haven't, meaning workers just out of college are in a bind: To live where the jobs are, they need help.

HealthDay: Can't Pay the Rent? Kids' Health May Suffer
Millions of American families struggle to find and keep stable housing -- and the fight to do so may end up harming kids' health.

Bloomberg: What Works Cities
In cities across the United States, mayors lack the tools to use data and evidence to improve how governing gets done.

CityLab: Immigration Raids, Coming to a Store Near You
Immigration officials said purpose of their raids on 7-Elevens was to target employers. The evidence suggests otherwise.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPERS TO BUILD CHELSEA AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITH MASSDEVELOPMENT BOND

Press Release from MassDevelopment

MassDevelopment has issued a $6,885,580 tax-exempt bond for The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a nonprofit community development organization in Chelsea. TND is using bond proceeds to buy and demolish a building at 242 Spencer Avenue in Chelsea to build, furnish, and equip a four-story, 34-unit rental apartment facility in its place. All units will be available to households earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income. MassDevelopment also assisted the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low-income housing tax credits that will provide about $4.9 million in equity for the project. Boston Private Bank purchased the bond. 

“This project combines two tenets of MassDevelopment’s mission: building and preserving affordable housing for Massachusetts communities, and transforming vacant and underused properties into active, attractive sites,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “We are pleased to work with The Neighborhood Developers to provide affordable housing options in Chelsea, a lively and dynamic Gateway City.” 

Founded in 1979 in Chelsea, TND emphasizes building vibrant neighborhoods through an integrated approach to revitalization. The organization partners locally to build affordable apartments and mixed-income homes through its real estate development programs, improve financial mobility for residents through its CONNECT financial opportunity center, and create and foster community engagement and opportunity through neighborhood organizing efforts addressing issues ranging from litter on the street to community safety. In 2010, TND began working in the Shirley Avenue neighborhood in Revere and now offers all of its programs in both Chelsea and Revere. TND owns 346 apartments and has developed 38 homes for sale to first-time homebuyers. TND was also a lead developer for the Box District homes in Chelsea, a model transit-oriented housing development that received $1.5 million from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, which MassDevelopment administers on behalf of the Commonwealth. MassDevelopment previously provided a $5,825,000 tax-exempt bond for TND in 2016 to preserve, renovate, and build 52 units of affordable housing in Chelsea and Revere.

“Community progress occurs when residents and civic institutions join forces around aligned goals,” said Ann Houston, TND Executive Director.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

BostonGlobe: Zoning reform offers a path to economic equality and social integration
ZONING REFORM: SNORE. It’s not an issue that gets people “chanting and singing on the Boston Common,” as one of its supporters put it.

CityLab: The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities
Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.

BostonGlobe: New MassHousing chief is right choice to tackle area’s inequities
Kudos to Governor Charlie Baker and MassHousing for choosing Chrystal Kornegay to lead the agency and take a fresh and critical look at Boston’s housing crisis (“Breaking tradition,” Metro, Jan. 10).

MACDC: Ten Priorities That Will Keep Macdc Busy In 2018
Now that we have celebrated the holiday season and endured the Bombogenesis storm, it is time to get serious about the business of 2018.

TheNewYorker: When Deportation Is a Death Sentence
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return?

NewYorkTimes: What ‘Dreamers’ Say About the Great Immigration Debate
With jitters and with prayers, with countdown clocks in their heads and their immigration lawyers on speed-dial, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have spent all fall and winter…

ChelseaRecord: Sen Elizabeth Warren Urges Congress to Restore Funding to Community Health Centers like EBNHC
An an Op-Ed that appeared in State News on Monday, Dec. 18, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called House Republicans onto the carpet for halting federal funding…

EverettIndependent: Urban Renewal Plan Being Pitched for Everett Square, Commercial Triangle
Urban Renewal has a very negative association based on the sins of the distant past, but planners in Everett hope to show that just such an urban renewal plan could be a great tool…

MasLive: Local officials: How ending Community Development Block Grant Program could impact Massachusetts cities and towns
With Congress facing a Jan. 19 deadline to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, joined local officials from across the state…

Curbed: Here’s how HUD’s new housing voucher rule affects recipients
Data from NYU shows that in most of the 24 metro areas impacted, voucher recipients would have more and better options

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

WBUR: Boston-Area Rent Hikes Moderate, But Affordability Challenges Persist
Rent increases moderated in the Boston metro area this year, but affordability challenges for renters persist here and elsewhere, a national report shows.

CityLab: The Trump Administration Just Derailed a Key Obama Rule on Housing Segregation
HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing policy required communities to confront racial inequities in housing. Now, it’s being postponed.

Everett Independent: Everett Square Revitalization Plan to Hold Public Forum Jan 24
City staff and planning consultants from the BSC Group, Inc. will provide information on the Revitalization Plan and the issues to be addressed in the plan. 

UnitedWay: Help Them Stay Warm
Your donation to United Way’s Family Fund directly supports community-based organizations that provide heating assistance to families in need, including The Neighborhood Developers/CONNECT.

HousingPerspectives: Low-Cost Rental Housing Increasingly Difficult to Find
While rental markets are cooling nationally, market conditions remain extremely tight at the low end of the market, offering little relief to affordability pressures faced by renters with the lowest incomes, according to our new report, America’s Rental Housing 2017.

ChelseaRecord: Chelsea Hill Walking Group Formed Out of Community Spirit
What started as a summer get-together for neighbors near the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home neighborhood has turned into an effort that has logged many miles this fall within their community.

BostonGlobe: New MassHousing chief has an atypical background
Chrystal Kornegay is the the first woman and the first person of color to lead the quasi-public MassHousing agency.

NPR: Advocates Fear Tax Bill Will Worsen U.S. Affordable Housing Shortage
The U.S. faces a severe shortage of affordable housing, and housing advocates fear the recent tax bill and potential budget cuts will make matters worse.

UrbanInstitute: Why we need to expand, not restrict, access to housing assistance
Federal safety net programs are intended to protect the most vulnerable Americans—such as the elderly, people with severe disabilities, and young children—and stabilize those who have fallen on hard times and help them move to solid ground.

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

CityLab: Is the Rental Housing Explosion Over?
For the first time since 2005, growth in new rental housing slowed down. Are there really enough apartments to meet demand?

WBUR: Boston-Area Rent Hikes Moderate, But Affordability Challenges Persist
Rent increases moderated in the Boston metro area this year, but affordability challenges for renters persist here and elsewhere, a national report shows.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Hill Walking Group Formed Out of Community Spirit
What started as a summer get-together for neighbors near the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home neighborhood has turned into an effort that has logged many miles this fall within their community.

RevereJournal: Arrigo and Mayors Coalition Look to Increase Housing Stock
Leaders from 14 cities and towns, including Revere, in the Greater Boston area have banded together to form the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition of Greater Boston to address housing stock, accessibility and affordability

Stong Towns: 5 Low Cost Ideas To Make Your City Wealthier
Today I'm flying home from my last trip of the year. Last night I spoke in Panama City, Florida to a large and enthusiastic group of people in a community struggling with some large development proposals. Their core frustration is a common one.

TheCrimeReport: You’re Safer in a ‘Sanctuary City,’ says New Study
In a rebuttal to government claims that “sanctuary” cities are breeding grounds for crime driven by undocumented immigrants, a new study says that residents of areas where authorities limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities are safer from violent death.

JCHS: America's Rental Housing 2017
A decade of unprecedented growth in the rental housing market may be coming to an end, according to our 2017 America’s Rental Housing report.

Everett Independent: Everett Wins Grant for Pilot Bus Rapid Transit Features in 2018
Everett has taken the initiative to be on the cutting edge of transforming its public transportation system, according to one influential Boston foundation…

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

NPR: How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing
With lawmakers in the House and Senate announcing that they've reached a deal, affordable housing advocates are anxiously waiting to see which version of the bill wins out with regard to housing.

CityLab: Economic Inequality and Health Inequality Are Inextricably Linked
It’s lack of economic opportunity that is dooming more Americans to “diseases of despair.”

Fast Company: America’s Affordable Housing Crisis Is Driving Its Homelessness Crisis
There’s a clear link between a lack of places to live and the number of people sleeping out of doors at night.

Urban.org: Debt in America: An Interactive Map
Debt in America: An Interactive Map

Housing Wire: HUD Secretary Carson launches centers to drive households to self-efficiency
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced a new initiative to help HUD-assisted families achieve self-efficiency.

WBUR: Gov. Baker Outlines Plan For 135,000 New Housing Units By 2025
Aiming for the construction of 135,000 new housing units by 2025, the Baker administration on Monday heralded $10 million in incentives to encourage cities and towns to promote development within their borders.

BostonGlobe: Boston Medical Center Has a New Prescription for its Most Vulnerable Patients: Housing
Boston Medical Center is embarking on a significant new initiative to tackle one of its patients' most daunting problems: a lack of stable housing.

CityLab: Homelessness in High-Cost U.S. Cities Is Driving a Nationwide Increase
Many Obama-era policies are keeping numbers low in smaller cities. But the new data comes in the wake of a GOP budget that does little to bolster affordable housing.

MaldenPatch:  Multi-Family Dwellings In Malden: Zoning Change Discussed Next Wk
The Malden Planning Board and Malden City Council Ordinance Committee will meet next week to discuss eight different zoning changes.

JCHS: Fostering Inclusion: Whose Problem? Which Problem?
Asking "what would it take"—about housing segregation or any other challenge— assumes, on some level, that we have adequate agreement that some condition or pattern is, in fact, a problem.

PBS: CEO pay down — to ‘only’ 271 times that of the typical worker
The CEOs of the top 350 U.S. firms made an average of $15.6 million in 2016. That’s according to a new report, released recently by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute that looks at total CEO compensation: salary, stock grants, bonuses and long-term incentive payouts.

NextCity: D.C. Mayor Has a Plan to Save 4,000 Affordable Housing Units
Affordable housing developers could be dealt a debilitating blow by the new federal tax bill, depending on how the House and Senate versions are reconciled before heading to President Trump’s desk.

 

Open The Door to Human Rights

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world...Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Today is Human Rights Day. Learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which empowers us all, every day. http://bit.ly/19f9uJN #HomeMatters #StandUp4HumanRights #OpenTheDoor

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

MarketPlace: Investors make a bet to lift Boston-area neighborhood out of poverty
How do you raise the standard of living in the poorest neighborhoods in the country?

CityLab: How Congress's Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade
The final tax bill that goes to the White House could have very little effect on housing affordability—or it could gut mechanisms for encouraging it.

Bostonomix: 14 Boston-Area Municipal Leaders Pledge To Increase Housing Production
In a new effort to try to ease the Boston area's high housing costs, 14 municipal leaders are pledging to work together to increase the pace of housing construction throughout the region.

TheAtlantic: The Never-Ending Foreclosure
How can the country survive the next economic crash if millions of families still haven't recovered from the last one?

Curbed: First-time homebuying 101: Tips for buying your first home
All the expert advice and tips you need to prepare for buying your first home.

CityLab: What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees
The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

Bloomberg: House Tax Bill Threatens to Make Housing Even Less Affordable for Poor
Even before Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on Houston, damaging hundreds of thousands of homes and apartments, affordable housing was already scarce. Because of rising rents, more than 200,000 low-income residents were spending over half their earnings on someplace to live.

UrbanWire: Housing and Housing Finance
America isn’t in a housing bubble, but some cities might be

NewYorkTime: The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.

Chelsea Record: ZBA Approves Eleanor Street Apartment Building
The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a new apartment building project at 25 Eleanor St. on what is currently an industrial building with parking lot.

Jwtintelligence: Can Silicon Valley design the tech-optimized city of the future?
From smart clothing to smart buildings, the latest iteration of technology infiltrating the everyday is smart cities. Tech companies are hoping to become the next urban planner, with two projects announced this year from Google and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

MotherJones: The Republican Tax Bill Would Gut Affordable Housing in America
Nearly a million rental units could be lost in the next decade.

HowHousingMatters: Why Educators, Health Professionals, and Others Focused on Economic Mobility Should Care about Housing
Cities striving to improve residents’ lives often focus on such issues as schools, parks, jobs, or health. Often overlooked is something equally fundamental.

LAWeekly: What Happens When Wall Street Is Your Landlord?
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, Robert Allen returned home from work earlier than usual to discover a guy posting a piece of paper to his front door. The uninvited guest said he worked for the landlord.

BostonGlobe: There’s barely any housing being built in the suburbs
Greater Boston is adding housing at a rapid clip, but really just in Boston and a handful of close-in cities. Most suburban towns aren’t building much at all.

 

242 Spencer Construction Update

 


We are writing to share a brief update regarding the construction of new affordable homes at 242 Spencer Avenue. If you do not want to receive these emails, you can click here to unsubscribe. You can also find these regular construction updates on our website

What's happening on the site? 
Since our last update in October, NEI General Contracting has been working on excavating soil from the site in order to prepare for the new building’s foundation. The soil that was unsuitable for construction was removed from the site and taken to a landfill.

The excavation began in the area of the site closest to the Stockton Street and Spencer Avenue intersection. Since that area was excavated, NEI proceeded with forming and pouring concrete for the foundation’s footings, and has begun pouring concrete foundation walls.

The foundation footings and walls are scheduled to be completed within the next two weeks.

Upcoming work on Stockton Street
Up next at the site, NEI will work on connections to the various utilities that will serve the new building – water, sewer, and fire protection. Currently, we expect this work to start next week, December 4, and it could last for approximately two weeks. Some portions of this work will require NEI to access underground utilities under portions of Stockton Street. While NEI will not be closing Stockton Street, the work may impact the flow of traffic. NEI will work with the City of Chelsea to take safety precautions as necessary throughout the duration of this work.

We understand that this will create some inconvenience for neighbors, and parents and staff of the Burke schools. NEI will make every effort to have this work completed as safely and efficiently as possible.

Who can I call? 
If you have any questions or concerns about the excavation and construction, please reach out to NEI General Contracting at the numbers below:

                Site Superintendent, Steve Miers: 508-509-1042
                Assistant Superintendent, Cory Madore: 339-235-0753
                Project Manager, Alex Garcia-Mendoza: 781-885-3742

For general questions about the 242 Spencer development, please reach out to The Neighborhood Developers:

                Cassie Mann: 617-889-1375

We know that any construction project will impact those who live, work, and go to school nearby. Both NEI General Contracting and The Neighborhood Developers, as well as all workers at 242 Spencer, will work to mitigate the impacts that this project will have on your day-to-day lives. 

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout construction, at least once per month. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to stay informed about the project, please share this message with them. You can also check out our project website, which will be another place to follow updates during construction.

Thank you for reading and for your patience as we work to bring affordable homes to Chelsea families!
 

242 Spencer Construction Update

We are writing to share a brief update regarding the construction of new affordable homes at 242 Spencer Avenue. If you do not want to receive these emails, you can click here to unsubscribe. You can also find these regular construction updates on our website

What's happening on the site? 
As you may have seen, demolition of the French Naturalization Club building was completed over the past few weeks. We know that the demolition removal of debris from the site were loud and disruptive for the neighborhood, and we appreciate the patience neighbors have shown with this process.

This week, NEI General Contracting will work on removing the asphalt from the parking lots on the site. This process should take roughly one week. Starting next week, NEI will begin excavation on the site, in order to prepare for building the foundation of the new building. The excavation phase will take approximately one month to complete.

This work will involve heavy machinery on the site in order to move soil. NEI General Contracting will ensure that any soil stored on the site will be covered when not being actively used, in order to reduce dust. NEI will also continue to spray the site with water regularly to mitigate dust. 

What are the hours when construction can take place at the site? 
Under the City of Chelsea’s regulations, construction work can take place between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on weekdays, and between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays. No work may occur on Sundays.

We realize that, last Saturday October 14, work started earlier than these specified hours. This was a mistake on the general contractor’s part, and we have worked to clarify the allowed work times, and improve communication between the general contractor and any other subcontractors or workers on the site. The general contractor understands that they are not allowed to work outside of the City Chelsea’s approved hours.

Who can I call? 
If you have any questions or concerns about the excavation and construction, please reach out to NEI General Contracting at the numbers below:

                Site Superintendent, Cory Madore: 339-235-0753
                Project Manager, Alex Garcia-Mendoza: 781-885-3742

For general questions about the 242 Spencer development, please reach out to The Neighborhood Developers:

                Cassie Mann: 617-889-1375

We know that any construction project will impact those who live, work, and go to school nearby. Both NEI General Contracting and The Neighborhood Developers, as well as all workers at 242 Spencer, will work to mitigate the impacts that this project will have on your day-to-day lives. 

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout construction, at least once per month. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to stay informed about the project, please share this message with them. You can also check out our project website, which will be another place to follow updates during construction.

Thank you for reading and for your patience as we work to bring affordable homes to Chelsea families!
 

242 Spencer Construction Update

We are writing to share a brief update regarding the construction of new affordable homes at 242 Spencer Avenue. If you do not want to receive these emails, you can click here to unsubscribe. You can also find these regular construction updates on our website

Demolition Starts Next Week
This message is to let you know that demolition of the existing building at 242 Spencer Avenue, the former French Naturalization Club, is scheduled to begin next week, on Tuesday, September 19.

Demolition may take approximately two to three weeks to complete. The work will be noisy. To protect against dust generated by the demolition of the building, NEI General Contracting will wet the demolition site and debris throughout demolition, and fully cover the trucks transporting debris off the project site. The Chelsea Fire Department will provide a fire watch on site until all of the combustible materials are removed from the building.  

If you have any questions about demolition and construction, please reach out to Alex Garcia-Mendoza or Steve Miers of NEI General Contracting:

Alex: 781-885-3742
Steve: 508-509-1042


For general questions about the 242 Spencer development, please reach out to Cassie Mann of The Neighborhood Developers:

Cassie: 617-889-1375

We know that any construction project will impact those who live, work, and go to school nearby. Both NEI General Contracting and The Neighborhood Developers, as well as all workers at 242 Spencer, will work to mitigate the impacts that this project will have on your day-to-day lives.

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout construction, at least once per month. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to stay informed about the project, please share this message with them. You can also check out our project website, which will be another place to follow updates during construction: www.TheNeighborhoodDevelopers.org/242-Spencer

Thank you for reading and for your patience as we work to bring affordable homes to Chelsea families!
 

242 Spencer Construction Update

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the pre-construction meeting about 242 Spencer in August. We hope that you’re enjoying the end of summer! Throughout construction, The Neighborhood Developers will send updates about construction at least monthly, so that neighbors know who to contact with questions or concerns. Construction began earlier this week, and will continue into fall 2018. The Neighborhood Developers will update you on the work happening on site, and provide contact information to reach us and our general contractor. If you don’t want to receive these emails, please click here to unsubscribe from this list.

Construction Fence and Traffic Plan
Temporary fencing that has been put up around 242 Spencer Avenue and the triangular parcel across Spencer Avenue. This fencing was installed by our general contractor, NEI General Contracting, in order to ensure the security of the project site, as well as the safety of neighbors, pedestrians and vehicles passing by, as part of a plan approved by the City of Chelsea’s Traffic and Parking Commission.

For those who attended the pre-construction meeting we held on August 9, you will notice that the location of the fence is different from what was presented at that meeting.

The temporary fencing is now placed so that the sidewalk on the western side of Spencer Avenue and one lane of Spencer Avenue between Eastern Avenue and Stockton Street are closed to vehicles and pedestrians. This will allow for the contractor to safely maneuver equipment. Spencer Avenue is still open to vehicle traffic, and will remain so throughout the project, with few temporary interruptions for utility work. Within the next few weeks, this temporary fence will be replaced with jersey barriers and chain link fence for greater security of the project site.

On September 15, the sidewalk on the northern side of Stockton Street will be closed to pedestrian use, and will remain closed throughout construction. The construction fence will be placed on the surface of Stockton Street, but both travel lanes will remain open.

The fencing has blocked off the five parking spaces that existed along the property’s frontage on Spencer Avenue. To make up for this change, the fence around the triangular parcel across Spencer Avenue now allows room for five parking spaces for the use of residents, including during pick-up and drop-off for students at the Burke elementary schools.

After conferring with the City, the project team determined that this plan would be safer throughout construction, while still allowing the same number of parking spaces as the plan we proposed at our meeting on August 9. (To see an image of the site fencing plan approved by the City, click here.)

What’s Happening on the Site?
During the week of September 5, workers were on site to disconnect electricity and gas to the building, and to remove utility poles that served the building. Workers are continuing to remove debris from inside the building.

Demolition of the building is scheduled to begin the week of September 18. As we mentioned at our pre-construction meeting, NEI General Contracting will mitigate dust that may be generated by the demolition process by wetting the demolition site and debris throughout demolition, and fully covering trucks transporting debris off the project site.  

Who can I call?
Starting the week of September 18, NEI General Contracting will have a full-time site superintendent for construction. As the superintendent, Steve Miers will be on site daily to coordinate all of the work being done on the project. He will be the first person to call if you have a question or concern about construction, and we will provide his contact information in our next email update. Until Steve arrives on site, please continue to reach out to Alex Garcia-Mendoza of NEI General Contracting, or Cassie Mann of The Neighborhood Developers, at the numbers below:

 

Alex: 781-885-3742

Cassie: 617-889-1375 x129


We know that any construction project will impact those who live, work, and go to school nearby. Both NEI General Contracting and The Neighborhood Developers, as well as all workers at 242 Spencer, will work to mitigate the impacts that this project will have on your day-to-day lives. We will continue to update you throughout construction. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to stay informed about the project, please share this message with them. Our project website will be launching soon, and will be another resource for regular updates during construction.

Thank you for reading and for your patience as we work to bring affordable homes to Chelsea families!

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

Everett Independent: St Therese’s Church to Be Developed into Elderly, Middle-Income Housing
The old St. Therese’s Church on Broadway was well known for spending nearly 1,500 days in a vigil protest of the closing of the beloved Parish.

ProPublica: Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race
After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.

StrongTowns: 4 Easy Steps To Squash The "There's No Parking" Argument
I wish I had a bus ticket for every time I heard someone say this. Unless you're Manhattan or San Francisco, it is fair to say you don't have a parking problem. I take that back. You do have a parking problem – there’s too much of it.

Washington Post: The left reconsiders zoning
Many on the political left have begun to rethink restrictive zoning and point out the ways in which it makes housing more expensive for the poor and lower middle class, and deprives them of job opportunities.

The Hill: Tax reform could be catastrophic for millions of low-income families
Nearly 1 million homes affordable to low-income families, seniors and veterans are at risk as Congress negotiates a final tax bill. That’s 1 million households whose stability, health and economic well-being is threatened. We cannot let this happen.

The Urban Edge: How The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Process Affects Access To Jobs, Good Schools And More
In Houston, roughly 37 percent of homeowners and renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, according to 2015 estimates from the Census Bureau. That bar is often used as a measure of affordability and Houston, like many other cities across the country, is facing a shortage of affordable housing.

WBUR: Wynn Casino Opens Final Phase Of Environmental Cleanup
Riding up the Mystic River, you can see all of the work underway to build the resort casino coming to the Boston area in about 18 more months.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Budget Briefs: The Republican Two-Step Fiscal Agenda
Congressional Republicans this fall are poised to launch step one of a likely two-step tax and budget agenda: enacting costly tax cuts now that are heavily skewed toward wealthy households and profitable corporations, then paying for them later through program cuts mostly affecting low- and middle-income families.

The Salem News: Company donates land for future city housing credits
A small-scale affordable housing complex is set to occupy a vacant lot at 2 Hardy St., behind where Beverly Crossing recently built a new apartment building at 131 Rantoul St.

City Lab: The Arc of Gentrification Bends Towards Spike Lee
Spike Lee’s beef with gentrification in Brooklyn comes full circle in his new “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series.