Watertown Housing Hosting Community Meetings on Willow Park Redevelopment Project

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An illustration of the proposed redevelopment of the Watertown Housing Authority’s Willow Park property.

The Watertown Housing Authority will host a pair of community meetings about the planned redevelopment of the Willow Park property. One will be in-person and the second will be a virtual meeting.

The Watertown Housing Authority provided the following information:

Notice of Project Community Meeting

The project applicant will be hosting Public Information Meeting(s) as required by the Watertown Zoning Ordinance. This notice is for the required community meeting that is required prior to formal application. Please note that this is a required notice to all property owners and addresses within 500 feet of the proposed project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION and LOCATION:

The project proposal will include the redevelopment of Willow Park to replace the current 60 units of public housing while adding additional units of 100% affordable housing. The meeting is presented by the project team, sharing existing site context, conditions and preliminary redevelopment plans. The meeting also provides time for the community to ask questions, provide comments, and learn more about the project and development process.

The Willow Park Redevelopment Project is located at 8-26 Quimby Street, 55-91 Melendy Ave., and 88-90 Nichols Ave. in East Watertown.

See the project proposal summary by clicking here.

IN-PERSON MEETING LOCATION AND TIME

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: The Hosmer School (Third Floor Learning Commons), 1 Concord Rd, Watertown, MA

VIRTUAL MEETING LOCATION AND TIME

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: https://poah.zoom.us/j/82869761435

Meeting ID: 828 6976 1435

PROJECT TEAM AND CONTACT

TEAM: Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Watertown Housing Authority
(WHA)

CONTACT: For more information contact Mel Miller at mmiller@poah.org or 617-449-0876

9 thoughts on “Watertown Housing Hosting Community Meetings on Willow Park Redevelopment Project

  1. Excellent design POAH! I really like that your design is trauma-informed. The additional units are so sorely needed. MA just released its updates on income limits – https://www.mhp.net/assets/resources/documents/one__income_limits.pdf
    This is an ideal location since it is on the 71 Bus Route, and near a supermarket (Star Market – the one that use to have conveyor belts to bring your groceries to your car). It’s also tucked back away that the 5 stories can be absorbed by the surroundings which includes a couple of churches. Nichols Ave used to be full of restaurants, but I haven’t been there in 10 years. This will really active that neighborhood and provide the needed affordability that so many need.

    • The MHP link posted is a mortgage available to people under certain income limits and is completely separate and different than affordable housing (ownership or rental unit) income caps. Please allow the town or Willow Park managers to post income cap information as your link is very misleading.

        • The numbers are not the same, and usually MHP is thousands of dollars higher than affordable income limits. The numbers are currently closer, but this has not been the case in past recent years. Also, how do you know that these units will be offered at 80% AMI? Each income limit depends on the particular property – some affordable housing opportunities are 70% AMI, some 60%, and even some very low at 30%.

          • The numbers for the 80% of AMI on both sheets are the same, given that the first is derived from the second.

            I never said anything about what each unit’s affordability rate would be. I did, however, go to the Willow Park meeting last nights and they talked about the mix of affordablitiy rates. I don’t recall them.

  2. Wow, you want to replace some interesting housing units and construct a big box so you can pile a bunch of bodies in it and call it a day.
    Pretty terrible from the looks of it as I can see it.
    Didn’t people learn lessens from this kind of housing already?

  3. This is greet news! Thanks for alerting us editor. I know it’s not enourh afforafdble housing but it is a good place to start and i agree with that comments above that this areas needs something. Once you get past the dner and churches and the three restuarants, there’ a lot of empty space. And luckily I can attend that evening. Now can POAH build some afforadbable house in lower distrct B?
    All the people who were compaing about market rate developers can see that this can be done too. It’s one or the other. It;s this AND that AND soemthing else. It’s not zero sum. And I hope that if there are complaint that they are legimate, something along the lines there should be shuttle to the supermaket or this building material is not as safe as that one. Please not the same arguments of it’s not pretty; it’s too high; it’s too much; it’s too fast. I can’t qualify for afforable housing but I’d be very happy to live here and so would so many people. It’s a luxury to complain about how things look and “procss.” As for the commentor above, it’s done in Europoe all the time and Eurpoeans are not paying more than a 1/3 to 1/2 of their income on basic housing. It must be so nice to sit and judge things and not know how people are having to living in the country, in this city.
    I am really glad this happening and congratulations to POAH and Watertown for bringing this about. Grerat job!

  4. “This will really activate that neighborhood?” What does this mean? Is it a barren wasteland, devoid of any signs of life? I walk by the area from time to time and there are very vital signs of life. Are we talking about the same area off of Nichols?

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