Recent Developments

151-157 Allston St.

In July 2014, fire engulfed a six family building at 151-157 Allston Street in Cambridge.  Firefighters put out the blaze, fortunately no one was injured, but all six families lost everything and their apartments were heavily damaged.Redeveloping 151-157 Allston Street became a top priority for our organization as we anticipated creating a healthier, more efficient model of housing and returning all six families to their homes. On September 1st, 2016, the project was completed with an extensive set of green features and a pending LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council.

455–463 Cambridge Street

HRI and its affiliate, Cambridge Community Housing Development Inc. (CCHDI), successfully acquired the property in 2015. The property was sold to HRI / CCHDI by a private owner who originally purchased the building in 1997 and operated five (5) units as income-restricted affordable housing units through the HRI-affiliate Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment and Housing Services (CNAHS). The CNAHS income restriction was set to expire in 2016, and the purchase allowed HRI to preserve affordability in the fast-growing neighborhood of East Cambridge. The project will continue to provide five (5) affordable housing units at varying income levels, and an additional five (5) units, upon turnover, of affordable housing, for a total of ten (10) affordable units, or 100% affordability.

Putnam Square Apartments

Putnam Square Apartments is a 94-unit development for elderly and disabled residents. It is 100% affordable.  Putnam Square was a 40T preservation project. DHCD selected HRI as their designee to make a first offer for purchase. We acquired this property in August 2013. CNAHS completed an extensive rehab to make this building more accessible and sustainable for its residents. With financial support from Harvard University, CNAHS has instituted a wrap-around services program for Putnam Square residents that will enable them to Age in Place within their home.

Chapman Arms

This 50-unit building is located in the heart of Harvard Square. It consists of 25 units which were at risk of expiring affordability, 25 market rate units, and nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. Chapman Arms was the state’s first 40T project. DHCD designated HRI as the developer of this property to preserve its affordability for the long term. CNAHS worked with Harvard University, the City of Cambridge, and the exisiting residents to acquire this building in December 2011.

Inman Square Apartments and CAST II

CNAHS acquired this “expiring use” project in Spring 2011. Inman is a 116 unit high rise in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge. It is 100% affordable with over half of the units serving formerly homeless, handicapped, and/or elderly households. It was built in 1976 with a 40-year use restriction and had less than seven years remaining before it could convert to market use. CAST II is a nine unit property that is the other component of CAST I (42 units) which CNAHS developed in 2002. It is 100% affordable with all nine units suitable for families.

Putnam Green

CNAHS developed 40 units of new construction affordable housing on a site previously occupied by a vacant industrial lab building. This development is one of the first parcels to be built under the rezoning plan of this district, created with community involvement and City support. The development is aiming to achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification for both buildings and will be a model of energy efficiency. A more comprehensive list of Putnam Green’s efficient and sustainable features can be found here. Construction was completed in April 2012.

95–97 Pine Street

CNAHS acquired this 12-unit property in early 2009. Following an extensive two-phase rehab process, this property is now one of CNAHS’s best energy performers and is LEED certified at the Platinum level! For more information on Pine Street’s green features click here. Units at this property are rented to residents who are at or below 60% AMI and to those with Section 8 vouchers.

Seventh Street

This property was severely damaged by fire in March 2007. CNAHS renovated the property to achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption. In addition to energy efficient features, Seventh Street uses solar panels to generate electricity and heat the water for the six units. Seventh Street is also HRI’s first “Smoke Free” building to promote healthy living and improve indoor air quality.

Trolley Square

This highly visible parcel on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Cameron Avenue in North Cambridge was designated by the City of Cambridge for development as affordable housing. CNAHS was fortunate in receiving designation and quickly assembled the financing for this mixed use, mixed income development. Of the 40 units, eight have been sold to first time homebuyers. The remaining 32 rental units are reserved for tenants with incomes 60% below AMI. (Seventeen of these units reserved for tenants with incomes below 30% AMI, thanks to the NeighborWorks America ELI Program). Trolley Square also features 2,800 square feet of a commercial/community space, 4,100 square feet of open space and a 42-space below-grade parking garage. This development has been constructed with a multitude of “Green” features and was the only project in the northeast to win a coveted Green Award from the Enterprise Foundation. For more information on Trolley’s Green features, please see our Green Development page.

Marcella Street

This 16-unit property was acquired in September of 2006. The building contains four studio apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, and six three-bedroom apartments. All of the units are rented to residents that have incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. Rehab plans to the building will include the replacement of bathrooms and kitchens, as well as the removal of the electric baseboard heat and the installation of a gas-fired baseboard hot water heating system. Many green features will also be incorporated into the scope of rehab, including the use very low- or zero-VOC paints, energy efficient appliances, linoleum flooring, PET recycled-content carpeting, low-flow shower heads and toilets, and energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting.

Howard Street

This six-unit property was acquired in December 2005. This building contains three one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units. Four of these units are reserved for residents that have incomes at or below 80% of the area median income and two of the units are reserved for residents earning at or below 60% of the area median income. Rehab plans included stripping the existing exterior siding and replacing it with new clapboards; insulating the walls; updating the electrical service; installing new kitchens and flooring in two of the apartments and installing a laundry room in the basement.