Senior/Disabled Housing Expansion Being discussed

On March 10th the Community Preservation Committee met with Newton Housing authority to discuss the possibility of an expansion to the JFK Senior housing.  Currently there are 64 units at JFK Circle in Nonantum.  The proposal will add another 30 units to this area.  Newton Housing is requesting money from the CPC to support this project.  Here is what we know:

The 30 Low Income units would be one bedroom dwellings.

They would be offered to Seniors and Disabled individuals.


There are some environmental concerns.  There is a Brook that runs through the area where the proposed units would be built.  There will need to be an environmental study to see if it is feasible to build in this area.

There is a concern that these units will not given in priority to Nonantum residents in need of affordable housing.

Traffic is a concern.  Mostly during the construction.  The Lincoln Eliot building  is due for renovation.   The Jackson School will need some work done as it will be opening as an expanded school (to replace Lincoln Eliot) in this neighborhood.  These buildings are all within the same block.  Scheduling of the projects will be needed in order to help with parking concerns, noise and disruption to the neighborhood.

Nonantum Association members requested that there be neighborhood meetings to field any resident’s concerns going forward.

A formal proposal is expected in the fall.  At that time CPC will determine whether or not they will be contributing to this project.

What other concerns do residents have regarding this expansion?




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Colleen Minaker

Where will the new 30 units be built? Is there open land on the site or will present structures be rebuilt?

Julia Malakie

How will units be allocated? By lottery, with some element of local preference? Or a waiting list? What are the income and asset requirements to qualify?

What kind of questions did the CPC members have?