[pictured above: Planning & Community Development Department tent at Brookline Day]
Last weekend at Brookline Day, Assistant Director for Community Planning Joe Viola and consultants from Dodson & Flinker presented potential housing scenarios on a variety of sites, including the parking lot on the southern corner of Babcock Street and John Street. Community members enjoyed discussing future scenarios while standing across the street from the property. As we wrap up the Housing Production Plan this fall, we will be ready to implement new housing initiatives such as exploring housing development at the Babcock Street parking lot. Select Board member Mike Sandman will be leading the Babcock Street Committee; please let Devon Fields know if you are interested in volunteering on this Committee by emailing [email protected]
[pictured above: Housing Advisory Board Members and Senior Housing Planner Virginia Bullock join Representative Tommy Vitolo, Select Board member Mike Sandman, and Select Board Chair Heather Hamilton to celebrate the completion of 2Life Communities' Brown House]
Last week we celebrated the ribbon cutting for 2Life Communities at 370 Harvard Street, a 62-unit affordable senior housing project. 2Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting older adults. Funding assistance included a $3.1 million commitment from the Town's Affordable Housing Trust fund, in addition to state and federal funding and a number of generous private citizens and organizations. The Housing Advisory Board provided guidance to ensure the project has multiple levels of affordability, and the Brookline Housing Authority provided Section 8 rental assistance funds to ensure that some of our lowest-income residents can be served by this project. Thanks to our housing and regulatory staff for all their hard work in seeing this project through permitting and financing. Combined with other recent projects, the Town of Brookline has added 181 deed-restricted, affordable units that have opened in the last two years or currently under construction.
Last month the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs awarded a $75,000 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness action grant to our Sustainability Division, which will help fund a Climate Crisis Action and Resiliency Plan Update, creating a comprehensive actionable framework for the Town of Brookline to achieve zero emissions by 2040. This project will begin in late fall and include an Environmental Justice community tree-planting pilot that will engage our community, sequester carbon, and help with cooling mitigation in one of these neighborhoods. Congratulations to Sustainability Director Tom Barrasso!
And finally, please welcome IDÉLCIA "BECCA" MAPURE, new Planner in the Regulatory Division. Becca is an architect and city planner and recent graduate of MIT's Urban Planning program. Welcome, Becca!
Director of Planning & Community Development