July Newsletter: Construction Schedule and Building Completion Dates!

Construction Schedule: Since the last newsletter distributed in February 2022, the CHA staff and our construction team, Consigli Construction, have finalized the construction schedule and start date for the modernization of Jefferson Park Federal. As we continue to relocate residents, the following schedule is based on when all residents have relocated off site. Construction is scheduled to start November 1, 2022 and conclude November 21, 2025. Buildings will be completed on a rolling basis and residents will be able to return on a rolling basis as well. Please see the completion dates per building and number of units at each building below.

  • Building 1: 11/21/2025 (34 units)
  • Building 2: 07/09/2025 (49 units)
  • Building 3: 03/07/2025 (50 units)
  • Building 4: 02/02/2025 (58 units)
  • Building 5: 07/16/2024 (48 units)
  • Building 6: 10/10/2024 (39 units)
  • Total Units: 278

Design Updates: The overall site design remains unchanged. The CHA still plans to build six new buildings with private courtyards and open space for a total of 278 deeply affordable units. In addition, the newly designed apartments will generally be the same size as the existing apartments at Jefferson Park. Like the existing apartments, some of the newly designed apartments will be slightly larger, and some will be slightly smaller.

Illustrations: Please see below the anticipated construction completion schedule for the revitalization of Jefferson Park Federal:

Please continue to visit this website for all modernization updates for Jefferson Park Federal. For any questions about this newsletter or the modernization project, please contact Joe Bednar at 617-401-4312 or jbednar@cambridge-housing.org and Mesale Gessesse at 617-520-6344 or mgessesse@cambridge-housing.org.

Relocation Apartment Availability + Open House on 03/01 & 03/03 from 3-4PM!

In effort to proceed with relocating residents from Jefferson Park Federal, the CHA has gathered a list of one-bedroom apartments available to eligible residents. If you haven't already, please provide your relocation coordinator your top three relocation preferences. By communicating your top three relocation preferences, your assigned relocation coordinator will best match your preferences with unit offers throughout our entire CHA portfolio. For example, if your only preference is to relocate to JP State, you will receive multiple unit offers that do not meet your preference due to us having zero vacancy at JP State. As stated in the relocation agreement, we will do our best to accommodate preferences given the limited unit availability across the entire CHA portfolio.

As a reminder, the CHA will be holding an Open House at Truman Apartments and Millers River Apartments on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 1 from 3-4PM
  • Thursday, March 3 from 3-4PM

If you're interested in attending the Open House, please RSVP with Allyah Pimentel Landestoy at alandestoy@cambridge-housing.org or 617-520-6236. If you're interested in relocating to either Truman Apartments or Millers River Apartments, you must express interest or notify your relocation coordinator by Monday, March 7, 2022.

Below, please find a list of CHA portfolio properties available for relocation. We are also expecting to have more units available at Burns Apartments this coming spring, please notify your relocation coordinator if you are interested in relocating to the property or would like more information. For more details and information on each property, click here or visit the Information & Plans section on this website!

  1. Burns Apartments (Pending construction completion summer 2022*)
  2. Millers River
  3. Truman Apartments (Pending construction completion early 2022*)
  4. Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Apartments
  5. Manning Apartments

For any questions about this please contact your relocation coordinators Alex, Patrick, Tishauna, and Jennifer.

REMINDER: Planning Board Meeting tomorrow night at 6:30PM!

The CHA invites you all to attend the second Planning Board meeting hosted by the City of Cambridge tomorrow night, February 15, 2022 at 6:30PM. The CHA will present changes and updates to the proposed designs to the Planning Board under the Affordable Housing Overlay.

For more information about the virtual upcoming meeting and how to register, please visit the City of Cambridge website here: http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx.

We hope to see you all there!

New Design Updates, Parking and Trees Updates, Next Planning Board Meeting!

The CHA has been working hard with our architect, BWA Architects, the past couple months to work on updating the designs for the new development in response to feedback received from the Planning Board during the last meeting on November 9, 2021. These design updates include:

  • Increasing window sizes and enhancing window detailing along "Main Street" in addition to adding cast stone trim to windows and doors and adding wall sconces
  • Greatly increasing landscape amenities such as grilling areas, picnic tables, benches, play areas, and bicycle parking
  • Two exercise rooms were added to the development and a community room and rooftop terrace was added to Building #4
  • More variety of materials, textures, and colors were added to all the buildings; with additional materials and details added around the windows of the buildings

In addition to these changes, the CHA created additional parking spaces onsite from what was originally shown to residents last fall. Currently, there are a total of 106 existing parking spaces and in the new development there will be total of 138 parking spaces that include on-site parking, loading spaces, and on-street and pick-up/drop-off spaces.

The CHA received detailed feedback from the Planning Board and the city at-large about preserving and planting more trees at the new development. After meeting with our arborist, we were able to add an additional nine large 5"-6" caliper trees, eleven street trees on East Street, three new trees on West Street, and five new trees on Rindge Avenue. On West Street, the CHA was able to add seven trees at Building 5, six street trees, and one tree in a façade panting bed.

BWA also updated the site and building renderings to include more details in the courtyard view, park view, and site massing. This will help illustrate more clearly to the Planning Board and the community the new details and the vision for the new Jefferson Park Federal. Please take a look at the new renderings in the image gallery and leave feedback in the Feedback Section on this website!

What's next? Please join us at the next Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30PM! The CHA will be presenting these changes and updates to the Planning Board under the Affordable Housing Overlay. For more information about registering for the virtual meeting, please visit the City of Cambridge website here: http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx.

We hope to see you next week at the meeting, thank you!

REMINDER: Planning Board Meeting Tonight at 6:30PM!

The CHA invites you all to attend the Planning Board Meeting hosted by the City of Cambridge on tonight, November 9 at 6:30PM. The CHA will present proposed designs to the Planning Board under the Affordable Housing Overlay.

Please find more information about pre-registering and the agenda for this meeting at the following link: Planning Board Meetings - CDD - City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (cambridgema.gov).

We hope to see you there!

Please Join Us At the Planning Board Meeting on 11/9 at 6:30PM!

The CHA invites you all to attend the Planning Board Meeting hosted by the City of Cambridge on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30PM. The CHA will present proposed designs to the Planning Board under the Affordable Housing Overlay.

Please find more information about pre-registering and the agenda for this meeting at the following link: Planning Board Meetings - CDD - City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (cambridgema.gov).

We hope to see you there!

Meeting Recap: JP Fed Neighborhood Meeting #3!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our third neighborhood meeting for the redevelopment of JP Federal last night, October 19! If you missed the meeting, don’t worry, you can access the recording of the meeting here and review the presentation here!

To recap, during the meeting the CHA presented update site design, sample apartment layouts, renderings of the varied green and open spaces in the proposed design, tree update, and introduced the general contractor for the modernization project, Consigli Construction.

CHA is working to revisit the comments made from neighbors and residents with the architects and see if we can make any adjustments within the current plan. For more details on these issues and more, we encourage you to revisit the FAQs page here, as we are frequently updating them based on questions from residents from the community and as new project information becomes available.

We are appreciative of the great turnout and that we received feedback from so many neighbors and some residents. What's next? The CHA invites you all to attend the Planner's Board Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30PM. The CHA will not be presenting any new information that has not been presented previously to residents or community members, but all residents and community members are welcome to join.

For any questions, please contact CHA project managers Joe at (617-401-4312 or jbednar@cambridge-housing.org ) or Mesale at (617-520-6344 mgessesse@cambridge-housing.org). 

Please continue to share your feedback and questions about the project in the Feedback section. Thank you!

Jefferson Park Federal Neighborhood Meeting #3: 10/19 at 6PM!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the first of the two scheduled open table session! We hope to see you again at our next open table session on Saturday, October 16 FROM 10-11AM. The CHA will present the same materials from today's open table session.

What's next after the second open table session? Please join us for our third virtual Jefferson Park Federal neighborhood meeting on October 19 at 6PM! The CHA will inform updates to the neighborhood and city at-large of the CHA's development plans for Jefferson Park Federal. To attend the neighborhood meeting, please pre-register on Zoom at tinyurl.com/t5seu6zm.

The CHA will not be presenting any information that has not been presented previously to residents, but all residents are welcome to join.

Next In-Person Table Session: Wed 10/6 (Rain date 10/12*) and Sat 10/16!

The CHA will be holding the next in-person table sessions at the Jefferson Park Federal management office on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 5-6PM (rain date will be Tuesday, October 12 from 5-6PM) and Saturday, October 16 from 10-11AM! We will share updated apartment layouts, landscape plans, new renderings, opportunity of renaming Jefferson Park, and updated construction schedule. Relocation coordinators will attend all open table sessions, so please come with feedback and questions! Notices about these upcoming open table sessions will be delivered to all residents be posted at the two Information Stations on Thursday 9/30/2021.

To maintain compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, table sessions will be held outside weather permitting and we ask everyone to weak masks and maintain social distance.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards, in addition to the website.

We hope to see you all!

Next JP Federal Virtual Resident Meeting: 9/28/21 6-7PM!

The CHA will be hosting the next Jefferson Park Federal Virtual Resident Meeting on Tuesday, September 28 6-7PM! We will share new exterior building renderings, updated interior and exterior designs, proposed apartment plans, and introduce renaming opportunity for Jefferson Park Federal. Newsletters including the Zoom login information and about this meeting will be delivered to all residents early next week and will posted on the two Information Stations by next Wednesday, September, 21, 2021.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Joe at 617-401-4312/jbednar@cambridge-housing.org or Mesale at 617-520-6344/mgessesse@cambridge-housing.org.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards, in addition to the website.

Rendering of Building 5 showing splash pad and new community center. Materials listed in rendering include ground face concrete masonry unit on first floor, EFIS stucco siding, and ribbed metal panels. 


The Revitalization of JP Federal: Renaming Opportunity!

As we previously presented at our last open-table meeting on August 24, the CHA has been given the opportunity to rename Jefferson Park Federal! As we explore this new opportunity, we are asking residents to please give us your thoughts, recommendations, and ideas. Who or what would you like to rename Jefferson Park Federal?

For more information about getting involved in this new and exciting project, please contact Mesale at mgessesse@cambridge-housing.org / 617-520-6344 or visit this website for more up to date information.

See you all at the next resident meeting, Tuesday September 28 from 6-7PM!

Post Meeting Recap of 8/24/21 Open-Table Meeting!

Thank you to everyone that attended our in-person resident session on Tuesday, August 24! We apologize for any confusion that may have been caused by the rescheduling of this meeting due to rain. The CHA was joined by our Architect, Steve Baker from BWA Architecture, and our relocation coordinators to answer resident's questions about relocation and the upcoming modernization. The CHA set up stations to present updated site plans, introduced unit plans and exterior designs. CHA staff also discussed with residents the opportunity to rename Jefferson Park Federal, name new streets that will be created as part of the redevelopment, and proposing an art mural project on site.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, one of the most common requests we heard from residents is to have more natural light in kitchens. To increase the natural light in kitchens, CHA staff requested the architects explore more open-concept kitchen designs instead of galley-style kitchens to share with residents. The tradeoff for having less walls and more light is that kitchen cabinet space is reduced. CHA staff presented these kitchen options to residents during the meeting and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of more open concept-style kitchens. 

We received positive feedback from residents in attendance on the interior and exterior design layout photos, including the color selection for the new buildings, and the design for more spacious bedrooms. In addition, residents were excited to hear about the opportunity to rename Jefferson Park Federal. The CHA plans to continue host a mix of in-person style resident meetings and zoom meetings to share design and construction updates and continue to answer any questions residents have regarding relocation. Remember that your assigned relocation coordinator is the best source of information if you have specific questions about your move options.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards on site, in addition to the website. Stay tuned for our next resident meeting!


OPEN-TABLES RESIDENT MEETING RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY 8/24/21 5-7PM!

Due to weather conditions, the CHA has rescheduled our open-tables resident meeting to next Tuesday, August 24 5-7PM. Notices about the rescheduled date will be posted today at the two information stations on site, located in the 1000 Building bulletin board and next to the management office. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we look forward to seeing you all next week!

To maintain compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, table sessions will be held outside weather permitting and we ask everyone to weak masks and maintain social distance.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards, in addition to the website.

Next In-Person Table Session: Thursday, August 19 5PM-7PM!


The CHA will be holding the next in-person table session at the Jefferson Park Federal management office on ThursdayAugust 17, from 5PM-7PM! We will share updated building and landscape designs, proposed apartment plans, potentially renaming Jefferson Park and naming new streets and mural designs, and have a relocation Q&A. Newsletters about this meeting were delivered to all residents and were posted on the two Information Stations on Thursday 8/13/2021.

To maintain compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, table sessions will be held outside weather permitting and we ask everyone to weak masks and maintain social distance.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards, in addition to the website.


Next In-Person Table Session: Wednesday, July 28 4PM-6PM!

The CHA will be holding table sessions for all residents onsite at Jefferson Park Federal management office next Wednesday, July 28, from 4PM-6PM! We will share design and construction phasing updates for the upcoming project, engage with residents and answer questions about relocation, the project, or any related issues.

To maintain compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, table sessions will be held outside weather permitting and we ask everyone to weak masks and maintain social distance.

Please visit this website stay up to date on project activities, view proposed site plans and slides, read Frequently Asked Questions, and leave feedback for the CHA team. All information will still be provided via newsletters and bulletin boards, in addition to the website.

Construction Phasing and Design Updates!