The Committee will develop a proposal for suitable Air Rights development of Affordable Senior Housing over the Kent/Station Street Parking Lot, with retention of the public parking on the site.
In this process the Committee will:
Assemble available information and data relevant to the potential for such development of the site including, without limitation, environmental conditions, history, zoning limitations, and any legal/title considerations.
Consult with Town Counsel to learn about the legal issues associated with Air Rights developments and to find a process or processes by which such development might occur.
Recommend criteria by which any proposal for the development of the site as affordable senior housing could be evaluated, including, without limitation, design objectives, ownership structure, project funding options, neighborhood concerns, parking and traffic considerations, affordability goals, age restrictions, open space, streetscape improvements, and carbon footprint and sustainability goals for energy usage.
In formulating its recommendations, the Committee shall hold public hearings as necessary, with a minimum of one. The Committee will report to the Board of Selectmen by or before August 30, 2017. If then authorized by the Board of Selectmen, the Committee may oversee the drafting of a Request for Proposals or other mechanism for the soliciting of development proposals, review and ranking any proposals that are received, or it may assist the Town's Housing Advisory Board in carrying out these functions.
The work of the Kent/Station Street Affordable Senior Housing Committee led to the release of a Request for Proposals for the potential disposition of the parking lot in July 2019.
The RFP stated the Town’s interest in exploring opportunities to redevelop the Kent/Station lot as affordable rental senior housing while also retaining the number and uses of the existing parking spaces for merchant and overnight resident and guest parking as part of the development program. Three developers responded to the RFP.
A Kent Street Developer Evaluation Committee was appointed by the Town's Chief Procurement Officer. After extensive review of two shortlisted proposals, the Committee made a recommendation to the Brookline Select Board to move forward in negotiations with 2Life Communities: