Downing Square–Broadway Initiative: 19R Park Ave & 117 Broadway

The Downing Square Broadway Initiative includes the development of three buildings on two sites which will create 48 units of affordable rental housing in Arlington. The unit breakdown is 17 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units and 7 three-bedroom units, and 2,500 square feet of community food pantry space. 16 units will serve extremely low income (ELI) households earning up to 30% of the area median income (AMI), and 32 units affordable to households earning up to 60% of the AMI. Five of the ELI units are set aside for homeless households who will receive subsidies and services from the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Laundry facilities will be present at both sites. All units will be affordable in perpetuity.

The remediation at Downing Square is now complete. The site has been handed over to the general contractor for HCA. Going forward, there will be a lot of structural underground working happening, including utilities, draining, and footings.

Click here to view the Final Public Involvement Plan

Click here to view the Phase IV Implementation Plan

Click here to view the Phase IV Meeting Power Point Presentation

Click here to view the 7/11/19 planning meeting minutes

Two of three buildings-19R Park Ave

HCA purchased the one-acre parcel at 19R Park Ave in Arlington in August 2016. The Park Avenue buildings will include one three-story walk-up building located at the intersection of Lowell Street and Park Avenue, and one four-story elevator building located at the rear of the property, fronting onto the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. The three-story walk-up building includes 6 two-bedroom units. The four-story elevator building includes 15 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 5 three-bedroom units. The Park Avenue site will have 23 parking spaces. Seven of the 28 units in the four-story building will be accessible. A small office will be located on site as well. The property has easy access to the bikeway and to MBTA buses on Massachusetts Avenue that connect Arlington to Cambridge and the MBTA Red Line subway.


Click here to view the plans for Downing Sq.

Third building-117 Broadway

The 117 Broadway site was purchased in September 2014 and will become a four-story elevator building that includes ground floor retail space for Arlington EATS Market (formerly Arlington Food Pantry) and three floors of residential units. The existing one-story structure that used to house Arlington Food Pantry and Food Link will be demolished to make room for the project. There will be 2 one-bedroom units; 10 two-bedroom units, and 2 three-bedroom units. One of the two-bedroom units will be accessible. The new building will have 17 parking spaces accessible from Everett street. The back of the site overlooks Lussiano Field and the Thompson School. This property has access to a variety of MBTA bus lines on Broadway and Massachusetts Avenue.


Click here to view the plans for 117 Broadway



Our latest construction from 117 Broadway!


In March 2020, demolition commenced at the 117 Broadway site, with HCA board members, along with volunteers, board members, and staff of Arlington EATS there to celebrate.