2017 CPA Projects

In FY17, $1,523,410 in CPA funds were awarded to 15 projects:

  • 3 affordable housing (2 still under review), 4 historic resources, 8 open space/recreation land
  • 7 are community projects, 6 are City projects, and two are joint City/community projects

The following projects were funded in FY17:

Affordable Housing (awarded by Somerville Affordable Housing Trust):

  • Leasing Differential Program, Somerville Homeless Coalition
  • Prevention and Stabilization Services (PASS 3) Housing Program
  • ShortStop, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Historic Resources:

  • Central Library Mold Remediation, Somerville Public Libraries
  • 83 Belmont St. Stained Glass Window Restoration, Laura de la Torre Bueno
  • Restoration of Grace Baptist Church, Somerville Hispanic Association for Community Development
  • Milk Row Cemetery Grave Marker Restoration, City of Somerville Planning and Zoning Division

Open Space/Recreation Land:

  • Open Space Land Acquisition Study Fund, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
  • Community Growing Center Design, Friends of the Community Growing Center
  • Blessing of the Bay Park Design, Mystic River Watershed Association
  • Community Path Survey, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
  • Butterfly Garden Pocket Park at Morse Kelly Park, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division and Green and Open Somerville
  • Winter Hill Schoolyard Construction, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
  • Healey Schoolyard Design, City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
  • Henry Hansen Park Design, City of Somerville Veteran's Services Division

Public comments on the FY17 applications 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. 

100 Homes Initiative

One properties purchased through the 100 Homes project

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Community Corporation
(under consideration)

This initiative seeks to create 100 new units of affordable housing in Somerville through purchasing existing multi-family homes. To date, SCC has acquired 20 units in seven properties.

Clarendon Hill Apartments

Image of proposed design for 163 Glen St. redevelopment

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Community Corporation/Preservation of Affordable Housing
(under consideration)


CPA funds would be used to support the construction of 73 units of low- and extremely low-income rental housing plus 20 units of workforce housing.

Prevention and Stabilization Services (PASS 2) Housing Program Expansion

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.

ShortStop

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network
($26,107 awarded in FY16; $25,000 awarded in FY17)

ShortStop provides rental assistance for 9 homeless young adults in transitional housing.

 

 

Completed

83 Belmont St. Stained Glass Window Restoration

Restored stained glass window at 83 Belmont St. with grapevine pattern

Laura de la Torre Bueno
($4,510 awarded and spent)

The stained glass window in this private home on the National Register of Historic Places was restored with CPA funds following a fire that destroyed much of the interior of the home. 

In Progress

Central Library Mold Remediation

Historic books from the Central Library closed stacks that will be cleaned and preserved

Somerville Public Library
($21,279 awarded)

Somerville Public Library will remediate historic materials damaged by mold in the Closed Stacks of the Central Library, move them to the Library's Local History Room, and install a 10,000 BTU air conditioning unit to ensure the historic materials are appropriately stored and preserved. 

Grace Baptist Church Rehabilitation

Aerial view of the Grace Baptist Church building

Somerville Hispanic Association for Community Development
($553,378 awarded)

The Somerville Hispanic Association for Community Development will repair the roof and masonry on their single building local historic district that is home to the organization and its food pantry as well as other social services. The Association will also begin work to make the building accessible.

Milk Row Cemetery

View of Milk Row Cemetery

City of Somerville Planning and Zoning Division
($6,300 awarded)

The City of Somerville will complete the restoration of the historic grave markers in the Milk Row Cemetery that was funded in FY16.

 

 

 

In Progress

Community Growing Center

Community Growing Center in Summer

Friends of the Community Growing Center

Friends of the Community Growing Center
($33,176 awarded in FY17; $52,090 awarded in FY15)

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. In this phase of the project, the Friends will complete construction documents and bid specifications for the design developed under the FY15 grant. 

Blessing of the Bay Boathouse Park Design

View of the Mystic River from the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse Park

Mystic River Watershed Association and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
($41,863 awarded)

MyWRA and DCR will lead a robust community engagement process and procure design services to complete a 25% design landscape plan for the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse Park and phasing and cost estimates for implementation.

Open Space Land Acquisition Study Fund

City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
($40,000 awarded)

The Study Fund will allow the City of Somerville to complete appraisals, surveys, and other studies necessary to determine if a property is a viable candidate for acquisition to create more open space. 

Community Path Survey

Bicyclists on Somerville Community Path
City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
($20,000 awarded)
The City of Somerville will hire a firm to conduct a survey of the Somerville Community Path from the Cambridge line to Cedar Street. The survey will be done in preparation for the re-design of the Path, which received CPA funding in FY16.

Butterfly Garden Pocket Park at Morse-Kelly Park

View of future butterfly garden pocket park on Summer St. side of Morse Kelly Park
City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division and Green and Open Somerville
($13,000 awarded)
This partnership between the City of Somerville and Green and Open Somerville will convert the planting beds on the Summer Street side of the Morse-Kelly Park into a pocket park that will support our local pollinators with native plants.

Winter Hill Schoolyard Construction

Playground at Winter Hill Schoolyard
City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
($500,000 awarded)
The City of Somerville will construct a new schoolyard for the Winter Hill Community Innovation School.

Healey Schoolyard Design

Drawing of Healey+Mystic Master Plan transformative design
City of Somerville Parks and Open Space Division
($80,000 awarded)
The City of Somerville will procure design services for a renovated Healey Schoolyard. 

Henry Hansen Park Design

Henry Hansen Park
City of Somerville Veteran's Services Division
($49,200 awarded)
The City of Somerville will procure design services for the revitalization of Henry Hansen Park. Henry Hansen was a Somerville resident who raised the first American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II.

 

Applications Placed on Hold 

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

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