Housing Corporation of Arlington (HCA) purchased the building and land at 20 Westminster Ave in Arlington, MA in March 2014. HCA will be redeveloping the existing Church Hall into a transit oriented, 9 unit affordable rental housing development. Construction begins Summer 2017. HCA has received approval from the Arlington Zoning Board of Appeals for a comprehensive permit through the 40B process with Mass Housing. The redevelopment will use the existing building footprint. The green open space at the front of the building will be landscaped as a perennial garden with perhaps sculptures provided by local artists. The unit breakdown proposed is 1- three bedroom unit, 2- two bedroom units, 5-one bedroom units and a studio. Three of the units will be wheelchair accessible. The project will add 9 units and 17,870 sq feet of land to the affordable housing stock State Housing Inventory for Arlington.
Downing Square, 19R Park Ave:
HCA purchased the one acre parcel at 19 R Park Ave in Arlington in August 2016. The site is located behind the CITGO station at the intersection of Park Ave and Lowell Street in Arlington and stretches back from Lowell Street to the Minuteman Bike Path then runs horizontally along the bike path for several hundred feet. HCA’s proposed project is transit oriented and has two buildings, one facing the bike path running east to west and one at the corner of Lowell and Park Ave. HCA’s proposed project will include environmental clean-up of the lot and development of 34 units of affordable to households earning 60% or less of the area median income. The large building on lot B will be a four story elevator structure with 28 units. The smaller building will be a 6 unit three story walk up. The total unit mix will be 15 one, 14 two, and 5 three bedroom units. Both buildings are designed to be as close to net 0 efficiency as possible.
117 Broadway: Arlington Food Pantry, Food Link:
This site was purchased by Housing Corporation of Arlington in September 2014 and is currently housing the Arlington Food Pantry’s second location and Food Link. The intent is to construct a four story mixed use elevator building with commercial on the first floor and affordable rental units on three floors above. The fourth floor will set back 6 feet. The retail space is approximately 2593 sq feet and faces Broadway and Everett. The retail spaces will enter from Broadway with recessed openings with overhangs. 14 units of affordable housing will be on the three upper floors. The unit mix is 2 one bedrooms units, 10 two bedroom units and 2 three bedroom units. There will be 17 parking spaces accessed from Everett Street. The site overlooks the open green Lussiano Field in the rear and the Thompson School beyond. The intent is to achieve as close as possible to a net 0 building using energy efficient heating, water and electric. All appliances will be energy saver rated. The units will be rented to households making 60% or less of area median income.
The project is transit oriented with three bus lines along Broadway. One line goes to Medford, one to Cambridge and one to Alewife. Massachusetts Ave is two blocks away with three additional bus lines: the 77 to Harvard Square, the 79 to Alewife and the 350 to Alewife through the Mall.