384 Harvard Street (JCHE)

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) has submitted a project eligibility application to subsidizing agency Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to construct a 62-unit senior affordable housing project at 384 Harvard Street.

The property owner was granted a site approval letter ("Project Eligibility Letter") and subsequently, submitted a Comprehensive Permit Application to the Brookline Zoning Board of Appeals. At this time, no permit has been granted for the proposal. If you have any questions, please call the Planning Department at 617-730-2130 or email Planning Director Alison Steinfeld.

REQUEST FOR MODIFICATION: The ZBA held a virtual meeting on July 9, 2020 to determine whether the following proposed modifications were substantial:

  • Have visual warnings only for parking entrance/egress and not activate the audible signal.
  • Small portion of fence be increased in height to ten feet for improved screening/privacy.
  • Place signage to indicate the loading area on Harvard Street and eliminate the need for striping on the street.

Recording: ZBA Meeting 7.9.2020  Password: 4j.G!Bm@

The ZBA determined the proposed modification regarding the audible signal for the parking entrance/egress was substantial. A virtual public hearing will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020. 

On Monday, August 3, 2020 the applicant withdrew the request for modification regarding the audible signal. As the requested modifications regarding the fence and signage were deemed insubstantial, a modified decision was rendered.

Modified Decision - August 24, 2020


Car-Coming Data Sheet

Summary ZBA Requests 6.9.2020

Letter Requesting Modifications

Harvard Condo Improvements Memo

Parking Signage

Bulletin 19 R2


Kate, Beth Comment - July 7, 2020

David, Trevette - June 14, 2020

Saner, Paul - June 15, 2020


Transportation Letter


REQUEST FOR MODIFICATION: Applicant requesting a modification to the unit mix from the approved unit mixed - to be discussed at the ZBA on 3/28/2019

ZBA VOTED: Approval with Conditions (3/22/2017)


Decision on Comprehensive Permit Application for 384 Harvard Street:

Key project deadlines and materials are available below.

June 28, 2016: Applicant submitted Project Eligibility Letter application to DHCD.
August 16, 2016: The applicant will present the Site Eligibility proposal for the Board of Selectmen. Notice of Hearing (PDF)
The Board of Selectmen will draft comments to submit to subsiding agency (PDF) and will consider public comment. To submit comments directly to DHCD on site eligibility, please download these instructions (PDF).
September 9, 2016Project Eligibility/Site Approval Letter issued by MassHousing
November 4, 2016Comprehensive Permit Application submitted to the Board of Appeals
December 14, 2016: First hearing - Applicant will present application to the ZBA. 7:30 pm, 6th floor hearing room.  

March 22, 2017 draft (PDF) - to be discussed at March 22, 2017 hearing

Site Approval Application - June 28, 2016 (PDF)
Town Response to DHCD - September 9, 2016 (PDF)
DHCD PEL Site Aproved - September 9, 2016 (PDF)

384 Harvard Street (JCHE) Application- Complete Storm Water Report (Large File) (PDF)
384 Harvard Street (JCHE) Application- Storm Water Executive Summary (Smaller File) (PDF)
JCHE Plans Submitted 11.4.2016 (PDF)
JCHE Plans Submitted 12.5.2016 (PDF)
JCHE Materials Submitted to Transportation Board 1.5.2016 (PDF)
JCHE Trash and Recycling Plan Submitted 1.9.17 (PDF)
JCHE Presentation to Planning Board 1.5.2017 (PDF)
Updated Plans 2.8.2017 (PDF)
JCHE Presentation to the ZBA 2.27.2017 (PDF)

Public Comment
Frank Caro - August 2016 (PEL) (PDF)
Adele Fleet Bacow
Cathy and Ken Kaplan (PDF)
Linda Pehlke (PDF)
Pamela Goodman (PDF)
Nathan E. Peck (PDF)
David Williams (PDF)
Jennifer Gallop (PDF)
Beth Kates (PDF)
Carmine Bruno (PDF)

Town Department Comments
Preservation Commission (PDF)
Fire Department (PDF)
Health Department (PDF)
Planning Board (PDF)

Transportation Board Comments
12/21/2016 (PDF)
1/18/2017 (PDF)

Peer Review Reports
Traffic Report (PDF)
Parking Report (PDF)
Design Report (PDF)