20 Westminster

In March 2014, HCA purchased 20 Westminster Ave, Arlington MA. The redevelopment will create 1 three-bedroom unit, 2 two-bedroom units, 5 one-bedroom units, and 1 studio. Three of the units will be wheelchair accessible. The open green space at the front of the building will become a perennial garden and may include art from local artists. HCA will begin renting the property in the fall of 2019, so be sure to look for announcements about a ribbon cutting ceremony!

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

As of July 2019, HCA is in the final stages of planning the Downing SquareBroadway Initiative, which includes the development of three buildings on two sites to create 48 units of affordable rental housing. 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. The project will create 16 units affordable to 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 project is fully funded, and we are finalizing the contractor’s contract. We anticipate a financial closing in the fall of 2019, and construction will commence immediately afterwards. The two sites, approximately 2 miles apart, are both transit-oriented development sites with access to services, grocery shopping, schools, restaurants, cultural activities, and parks and open spaces, including the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.

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

Downing Square, 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.

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Click here to view the plans for Downing Sq.

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.

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Click here to view the plans for 117 Broadway