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?
We’re going up! The concrete slab and foundation are in place, and the project is in the framing stage, with wall panels and trusses being installed. Framing is expected to last until mid-May. NEI General Contracting is also at work completing the installation of underground plumbing. Next, the plumber will install a stormwater infiltration system and plumbing inside the framed building.
New Name to Honor Local History
Last year, a member of TND’s staff asked the librarians at the Chelsea Public Library to help him research the history of the French Naturalization Club and French people in Chelsea. From the archives of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Chelsea, the librarians turned up an interesting bit of history that we think still resonates today.
The Acadian people were forced to leave Canada in 1755. Many settled in Chelsea in the late 19th century with a concentration around the Mill Hill neighborhood. In 1907, Our Lady of the Assumption Church was built and was the center of much of Acadian culture in Chelsea. In 1908, the fire destroyed St. Rose of Lima's church. Given that both the Assumption church and St. Rose church were supportive of each other, Assumption opened their doors to the St. Rose congregation. The Acadian people in Chelsea faced some challenges that still impact immigrants and refugees who call the city home today – many were forced out of their homes in Canada, and families were often broken up, yet despite these obstacles, they organized to support one another. In Chelsea the French Naturalization Club was formed to help Acadians study for and receive their American Citizenship.
Just as the French Naturalization Club served as a resource and safe haven for community members a century ago, we believe that the new homes under construction will be a resource for families in need in our community today. For this reason, we have decided to call the new building Acadia.
How do I find out more about leasing an apartment once the building is complete?
In April, we will begin marketing the apartments in local newspapers, online, and through community organizations. Once that marketing begins, we will also share updates about the application and leasing process to this email list. If you have friends or family who may be interested in staying in the loop about the project, please feel free to forward this email to them.
You can also follow The Neighborhood Developers on Facebook to stay informed about this project as well as community events, updates, and opportunities to get involved!
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. If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to stay informed about the project, please share this message with them, or refer them to our project website, where these updates will be posted.
Thank you for reading and for your patience as we work to bring affordable homes to Chelsea families!