242 Update

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

 

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!