Annual Backpack Giveaway and Project Update - Wednesday, 8/14
Innes Redevelopment Project Kicks Off Summer Outreach to Residents,
Agrees to New City Parking Restrictions, and Improves Site Plan to Incorporate Additional Parking and Improved Construction Timeline
Single Phase Construction Expected to Begin Fall 2020
NEWS RELEASE - July 10, 2019
The Innes Redevelopment team this week launched a summer outreach effort to Innes Residents including updates to the project site plan that includes additional parking, improved construction timelines to accommodate a more streamlined reconstruction of the Innes Redevelopment and improved construction timeline allowing for the rehousing of residents more than two years sooner. Other updates include signed agreements with the city restricting resident parking privileges for some new market rate residents and the announcement of summer office hours for ongoing resident engagement.
“The redevelopment of the Innes Apartments has always kept the interests and concerns of our residents front and center,” said Al Ewing, Executive Director of the Chelsea Housing Authority. “We’re pleased to share these project updates with residents and the broader community as we work collaboratively to ensure Innes residents get the new housing they deserve, while also providing for a transparent, seamless relocation process necessary to achieve this redevelopment."
As part of the improved plan, all residents will be relocated in a single phase rather than a two phase redevelopment structure. All residents will maintain their rights as public housing residents during relocation, with many being relocated to existing public housing units and some to private units - regardless of where they are placed, relocated Innes Residents will continue to enjoy all of their rights as public housing residents before, during and after relocation. Joseph J. Corcoran Company has employed Housing Opportunities Unlimited – an organization that specializes in providing direct assistance to residents impacted by renovation and unit rehabilitation projects in affordable and mixed income housing communities – to support the redevelopment team and Innes residents throughout the process. A formal meeting on July 9 provided a review of the updates to the plan and development timeline to residents.
"We continue to work diligently to ensure residents of Innes are fully informed of all updates on this exciting redevelopment project," said Melissa Booth, Co-President of the Innes Residents' Association. "We couldn't be more pleased with the improved construction timeline that allows for faster rehousing for all our families."
The Innes Redevelopment team is committed to continued on-site office hours throughout the summer so that residents may informally drop by and ask further questions. The project team will continue its tradition of an annual backpack giveaway for residents in late August and also hold two resident engagement events, including a youth engagement party and an employment fair. A comprehensive Resident Relocation Plan will also be developed and introduced as part of the continued outreach to Innes residents.
“We’re proud to be part of a team that continues moving forward to ensure affordable housing for residents,” said Joseph J. Corcoran, President and CEO of Joseph J. Corcoran Company. “We believe the redeveloped Innes Apartments will be a tremendous asset to the community and look forward to continued work with the Chelsea Housing Authority, Innes residents and our City, State partners through the summer.”
The Innes redevelopment team partners also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Chelsea to confirm commitments made to restrict on-street resident parking privileges for new, market-rate tenants of the Innes Redevelopment. In an effort to accommodate more parking on-site, the site plan has been improved to include a free-standing parking garage to accommodate parking for more vehicles.
This change to the building plans also streamlines the project’s construction schedule to allow for more efficient reconstruction in a single phase providing for faster rehousing for current residents; reduces the total cost of construction to allow for more dollars to be allocated to resident services and relocation; and it shortens the construction timeline, while providing additional financial certainty for the overall project completion. The construction timeline will be approximately 18-24 months and is expected to begin in the Fall of 2020.
The development team greatly appreciates the thoughts and ideas put forth by the community. We've been hearing great suggestions for the types of retail businesses and restaurants you think would benefit the neighborhood, and we look forward to hearing more from you as the project progresses.
Thank you again for participating and influencing the future of your community. As we are working through the next steps since our zoning approval, we’ll follow up with more updates over the next couple of months as we proceed with the site plan review process.
In the meantime, we've added new questions about resident programming, housing amenities, and transportation. Continue to add your feedback in the comments section!
Residents of the Innes Apartments & friends of the redevelopment are invited to an ice cream social to celebrate the 40R approval. Thank you for all of your support during this process!
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Location: The Cafe at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club (30 Willow Street)
*Please enter through the side entrance on Maverick Street, where the parking lot is*
We look forward to seeing you there!
Last night the Chelsea City Council unanimously approved our 40R zoning application, allowing us to move forward in the process to build new homes for the 96 families of the Innes Apartments and create a vibrant, mixed-use community that benefits all residents of Chelsea. We were so grateful to have the support of so many residents and community members who filled the Council chambers to have their voices heard. Many of last night's supporters commended our project as one that can serve as a model for others across the country, and we are right back to work today to ensure this great potential is realized.
The coffee hours scheduled for today has been canceled due to inclement weather. We will let you know if it is rescheduled. In the meantime, feel free to ask questions in the Comments section.
On Tuesday night, the Chelsea Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend our 40R zoning application to the City Council for adoption. City Council adoption of the zoning ordinance would allow us to move forward in the process to reconstruct the 96 units of public housing at Innes Apartments, create an additional 40 much-needed affordable units, 194 market rate units, and a community of mixed-income families who can be proud to call the redeveloped Innes Apartments home.
Your voice is needed to make this project a reality. Please join us to support the Innes Redevelopment at the upcoming City Council Public Hearing: Monday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., Chelsea City Hall, 3rd Floor
A bus shuttle will begin at 6:20 p.m. and run continuously until the meeting is over, with pick up at the 180 Central Avenue parking lot.
For more information, please contact Vanessa Rivera at 617-637-9667.
The work within our community continues as we meet one-on-one with residents and community members. Throughout the month of February, Housing Opportunities Unlimited and the Innes redevelopment team will be working with residents to ensure they understand their rights and answer questions they may have as we move through this process. Our Letter of Assurance is a commitment to having residents of the Innes Apartments return to beautiful new homes upon completion.
On Tuesday, December 18, the Chelsea Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider our proposal for 40R Smart Growth Zoning. We are excited to share our proposal at this hearing, which is the next important step in the process as we work toward the redevelopment of Innes Apartments as a place residents can be proud to live and raise their families. Please feel free to attend this meeting to show your support and continue to be informed of our public process.
What: 40R Public Hearing
Where: Senior Center, 10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA 02150
When: December 18, 2018 6:00pm start time*
*Innes Apartments is the second item on the meeting agenda; the first agenda item is expected to take between 2-3 hours.
Innes Apartments Redevelopment Project Moves Forward
Last night, the Chelsea City Council held a public hearing on the Innes Apartments redevelopment proposal. The project team led by the Chelsea Housing Authority, Innes Residents Association and the Joseph J. Corcoran Company highlighted the urgency to move the project forward to realize the opportunity for new housing the current residents deserve and can be proud to call home.
Thank you to all that attended the City Council hearing last night and for all that spoke in support of the Innes Apartments redevelopment - the Innes Apartments are for everyone and this redevelopment is about giving people beautiful places to live, work and grow.
The project will now move forward to begin the 40R zoning application process, the first of several approvals needed.
What is 40R?
40R is a Smart Growth zoning incentive established by the State of Massachusetts to encourage transit oriented development in an effort to increase housing including the rebuilding of public housing units.
The next public hearing will be scheduled by the City of Chelsea Planning Board where the project team will have the opportunity to update the City on the proposal specific to the 40R review process.
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