2015 CPA Projects

In FY15, $4,179,487 in CPA funds were awarded to 17 projects:

  • 4 affordable housing, 9 historic resources, 4 open space/recreation land
  • 11 are community projects and 6 are City projects

The following projects were funded in FY15:

Affordable Housing (awarded by Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund):

  • 100 Homes Initiative, Somerville Community Corporation
  • Leasing Differential Program- Better Homes, Somerville Homeless Coalition
  • Prevention and Stabilization Services (PASS) Housing Program, Somerville Homeless Coalition 
  • Redevelopment of 163 Glen St., Somerville Community Corporation

Historic Resources:

  • American Tube Works, City of Somerville Planning and Zoning
  • City Hall Renovation, City of Somerville Capital Projects and Planning
  • City of Somerville Archives Collection Processing, City of Somerville Archives
  • Mystic Water Works Window Restoration, Somerville Housing Authority
  • Somerville Museum Capital Improvements, Somerville Historical Society
  • Temple B'nai Brith Accessibility and Fire Safety, Temple B'nai Brith
  • First Congregational Church of Somerville Renovation, First Congregational Church of Somerville UCC 
  • Milk Row Cemetery Tomb Restoration, City of Somerville Planning and Zoning
  • Prospect Hill Tower Stabilization, City of Somerville Capital Projects and Planning 

Open Space/Recreation Land

  • Community Growing Center, Friends of the Community Growing Center
  • Healey+Mystic Master Plan, Friends of the Healey
  • Prospect Hill Park Design Services, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space
  • Schoolyard Garden Classrooms, Groundwork Somerville

Public comments on the FY15 projects are available here

  • Affordable Housing

  • Historic Resources

  • Open Space & Recreational Land

  • Not Funded

CPA affordable housing projects are awarded and managed by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, as the housing arm of the Community Preservation Committee. 

In Progress

100 Homes Initiative

One properties purchased through the 100 Homes project

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Community Corporation
($1.2 million awarded in FY15; $1.2 million awarded in FY16)

This initiative seeks to create 100 new units of affordable housing in Somerville through purchasing existing multi-family homes. To date, SCC has acquired 12 units in five properties.

Redevelopment of 163 Glen St.

Image of proposed design for 163 Glen St. redevelopment

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Community Corporation
($915,000 awarded)

The former American Legion Post will be transformed into eight affordable homeownership units and three market rate homeownership units.

Prevention and Stabilization Services (PASS) Housing Program

Somerville Homeless Coalition
($89,250 awarded in FY15; $93,728 awarded in FY17)

PASS provides time-limited rental assistance for up to two years for up to six households.

Leasing Differential Program- Better Homes

Somerville Homeless Coalition
($35,820 awarded in FY15; $56,868 awarded in FY16; $$41,976 awarded in FY17)

The Better Homes program provides rental assistance to 17 disabled and formerly homeless Somerville households.

 

Completed

 

Prospect Hill Tower Stabilization

Prospect Hill Tower under construction, 2015 stabilization work

City of Somerville Capital Projects and Planning
($500,000 awarded; $435,424.83 spent)

The City of Somerville completed the stabilization of Prospect Hill Tower in December 2015. The stabilization of the Tower made it possible for the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission/Historic Somerville to begin offering docent tours of the Tower. Check the City's  calendar for tour dates, held May-October (search Historic Preservation Commission).

You can also have a tour of the Tower at any time by watching our virtual tour, George Washington... on Prospect Hill? Closed captioning available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Haitian Kreyol coming soon!

Milk Row Cemetery

View of Milk Row Cemetery

City of Somerville Planning and Zoning
($48,360 awarded and spent)

Eight brick tombs were restored in the summer of 2016. These tombs are the permanent resting place of members of the Tufts family and others who were laid to rest during the 19th century.

In Progress

City Hall Renovation

View of Somerville City Hall

Patch

City of Somerville Capital Projects and Planning
($200,000 awarded)

The City of Somerville will hire a firm to develop the design for the historic rehabilitation of the exterior of City Hall.

City of Somerville Archives Collection Processing

City of Somerville Archives
($43,000 awarded)

A contractor will process the City of Somerville Archives' permanent collection and create record guides that will make it easier for people to learn about the materials in the Archives.

Mystic Water Works

Interior of Mystic Water Works building under construction

Somerville Housing Authority

Somerville Housing Authority
($243,000 awarded)

The Somerville Housing Authority is creating 25 new units of affordable housing in the historic MWRA pump station. The project received CPA community housing projects from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund as well as historic funds to restore the historic windows.

Somerville Museum

Interior of Somerville Museum

Somerville Historical Society

Somerville Historical Society
($168,191 awarded in FY15; $423,480 awarded in FY16)

The Somerville Museum's project will make major improvements in the Museum's environment to protect its collections and make the building accessible.

Temple B'nai Brith

Front of Temple B'nai Brith

Temple B'nai Brith

Temple B'nai Brith
($450,945 awarded)

Temple B'nai Brith is using CPA funds to install a fire safety system and make their 1922 Byzantine Revival building accessible.

 

Completed

Healey+Mystic Master Plan

Drawing of Healey+Mystic Master Plan transformative design

GroundView

Friends of the Healey
($45,000 awarded and spent)

The Friends of the Healey hired a landscape architecture firm to develop a master plan to better connect the Healey School with the Mystic Housing Community and the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse.

Schoolyard Garden Classrooms

Plants growing in schoolyard garden classroom

Groundwork Somerville

Groundwork Somerville
($45,373 awarded and spent)

Groundwork Somerville improved eight schoolyard garden classrooms. Over 700 school children have participated in classes in the improved gardens, which are now easier for teachers to use and more accessible for students with disabilities.

In Progress

Community Growing Center

Community Growing Center in Summer

Friends of the Community Growing Center

Friends of the Community Growing Center
($52,090 awarded)

The Friends of the Community Growing Center are developing a new design for the space that will make it more functional and accessible for Somerville residents.

Prospect Hill Park Design Services

Aerial image of Prospect Hill Tower and Park

Eric Kilby

City of Somerville Parks and Open Space
($85,000 awarded)

The first step of this project is an archeological reconnaissance survey of the park to determine if there are any archeologically sensitive areas. Based on this information, the City will hire a firm to facilitate a process to develop a new design for the park.

 

Withdrawn

American Tube Works

City of Somerville Planning and Zoning
($7,500 awarded; $0 spent)

First Congregational Church of Somerville Renovation

First Congregational Church of Somerville UCC
($44,982 awarded; $0 spent)

 

Eligibility Determination Forms (Applicant chose not to submit a full application)

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