Rendering of 1314 Washington St., West Newton

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West Newton Armory

West Newton Armory

Status of the project: A Chapter 40B development. The state has approved project eligibility. It is currently before Newton’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

What: 43 affordable housing units on Washington St. in West Newton.

Inclusionary zoning: 100% affordable ranging from 30% AMI to 60% AMI. Five units will be fully accessible.

Sustainability: All electric: Residential section built to Passive House standards; Solar panels installed; Fossil fuel free infrastructure.

1314 Washington Street 

Rendering of old bank building with new housing attached at the rear. 5 stories.

Status of the project: Currently under review by the Land Use Committee.

What: 50 residential units in West Newton.

Inclusionary zoning: 4 units affordable at 50% AMI; 4 units affordable at 80% AMI; 1 unit affordable at 110% AMI; plus, cash payment of approximately $195,000.

Sustainability: Certifiable at LEED Gold Sustainability Standard; Feasibility study on meeting Passive House Design Metrics; Residential area – all electric; Preservation of part of the existing iconic building and wood frame construction reduces embodied carbon; 10% of parking will have EV chargers and 10% will be EV charger ready; Close proximity to MBTA bus lines and the West Newton Commuter Rail station.

What more could be done: Change the affordable unit at 110% AMI to 80% AMI; Build to Passive House standards; Provide T-passes for employees. Offer reduced cost T-passes to residents; Install solar panels.

Sunrise of Chestnut Hill Senior Housing

Rendering Sunrise Senior Housing Florence St. Newton MA 5 story building

Status of the project: Early stages of review by the Land Use Committee.

What: 5 story, 120 bed facility for assisted living and memory care on Rt. 9 next to the Lifetime Center.

Inclusionary zoning: 6 inclusionary units.

Sustainability: Designed to meet Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) Green Building standards; 10% of parking will have EV chargers and 10% will be EV charger ready.

What more could be done: Meet a higher energy standard such as Passive House standards; Work towards net-zero during construction; Install solar panels.

Northland Charlemont

Rendering of Northland Charlemont housing in Newton MA

Status of the project: A Chapter40B development. Under review by Newton’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

What: A mixed use project with 410 rental units.

Inclusionary zoning: 103 units at 80% AMI.

Sustainability: Residential area designed to Passive House Standards and will be all electric; 10% of parking will have EV chargers and 10% will be EV charger ready; Design optimized to reduce embodied carbon.

What more could be done: Ensure inclusionary units have a larger number of three-bedroom units for families; Have some units available for less than 80% AMI; Install solar panels at time of construction; Increase number of EV chargers.

528 Boylston Street

Rendering of 528 Boylston St Newton MA 40B housing project

Status of the project: A Chapter40B development. Applied for project eligibility approval from the state. Then it will be reviewed by Newton’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

What: 244 units located on Rt. 9.

Inclusionary zoning: 61 units at 80% AMI.

Sustainability: Certifiable at LEED Gold Sustainability Standard; Assessing Passive House feasibility; Fully electric.

What more could be done: Include a higher percentage than required of affordable 3 bedroom units as these are needed for families; Reduce the number of parking spaces to 1.0 per unit; Meet Passive House Standards.