New Communications Strategy

Construction work on 50 York is well underway, and because of that, we'll be sunsetting this page as of April 4, 2018. However, we'd still love to keep in touch with you via social media and email.

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Thank you for all of your feedback and support throughout the process, and we look forward to continuing to communicate with you in the future.

Construction Start Date - November 12

Construction of the new 50 York St apartment building will be starting soon.   Just-A-Start has selected NEI General Contracting for this project.  NEI is a very experienced contractor that has worked successfully on many similar buildings in an urban environment.  We expect the building permit to be issued shortly, and the anticipated construction start date is next Monday, November 12th.

The first step in construction will be removing the foundations from the old building and preparing the site for utility work. After the old foundations are removed ground improvement piers will be installed into drilled holes to rest the new foundation on good bearing soils.  This method of foundation construction was selected to eliminate the need for excavation which would last longer and have greater impact on the community.

Installing the aggregate piers will be quick, and should only take a week, however, there will be some ground vibrations during installation and for that reason, JAS has hired a construction testing company, UTS, to monitor the vibration levels at adjacent building to make sure they stay below the limits allow by Law.  Although the start of this project will likely be the most challenging to the abutting property owners and their tenants, we will complete it as quickly as possible.  After this there will continue to be noise impacts from construction and deliveries, but we will do our best to keep noise levels down and will follow the City of Cambridge construction site noise and work hour requirements.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during the construction process.  We appreciate the support of so many of our neighbors in rebuilding this essential part of the neighborhood. 

Cambridge DPW Neighborhood BBQ at Donnelly Field

Cambridge DPW will be hosting a neighborhood BBQ at Donnelly Field on Tuesday, 9/26 from 5-7 pm. All are welcome to join to enjoy free food and beverages, music, bike safety check-ups, and free family fun!

Demolition Completion

The demolition of 50 York is now complete. The foundation of the old building will remain in the ground until construction starts on the new building (in November).

Minor Demolition Start Delay

You might have noticed that 50 York demolition hasn't actually started yet. Although our demolition contractors experienced a slight delay with truck availability, pre-mobilization work has already started. Actual demolition work will begin on Monday, May 15th.

New Renderings Posted

Updated drawings of the future 50 York building have been posted on our site. Make sure to check them out!

Demolition Details

Second notification letters have gone out to the neighborhood. Make sure to check out our timeline for specific details on demolition timing, and please take a moment to browse the "Info and Plans" section at the bottom of our Info page. We've posted a map of where trucks will be traveling, as well as a project timeline. Remember, mobilization will start on Monday, May 8th. The building will begin to be demolished on Wednesday, May 10th.

Demolition Date

The demolition of 50 York will start on Monday, May 8th. More details, including a project timeline, will be posted later this week. Letters to abutters will be mailed tomorrow.

Community Meeting- Tonight!

Please join us tonight at the Frisoli Center from 6:30-8:00 to discuss the demolition schedule, see updated building plans, and talk about any ongoing neighborhood concerns. Light snacks will be provided.

Demo Notification

Demo notification letters went out today to neighbors. The letter is also available on this site, at the bottom of the information page. Another letter will be sent to the neighborhood when demolition is about to start.

Community Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Our neighborhood meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 4th, at the Frisoli Youth Center, from 6:30-8:00. We'll be presenting an updated version of our plans, discussing the demolition schedule, and listening to neighborhood concerns. We'll be sending out notification letters in the mail prior to the meeting.

Let There Be Light!

The lights in the parking lot have been turned back on for neighborhood safety.

Welcome to our project page!

Thank you for visiting our new project page. We're using this platform to help the community follow the 50 York Street project and easily access the latest construction information.

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50 York Street

location Cambridge, MA
Rebuilding 16 units of affordable rental housing in a tight-knit neighborhood after a devastating fire.