Since 1965, 2Life Communities (formerly JCHE) has provided safe and affordable independent housing where older adults of all backgrounds can age in the community. Their programs and services enable residents to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic and supportive environment.
Dec 31, 2019
Framing Underway for the Harold and Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline
Framing is underway for the Harold & Ronald Brown Family House along Harvard Street in Brookline. The project will feature 62 affordable rental units for seniors plus 1,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. A new public pocket park will also be built on Harvard Street.
Nov 12, 2019
Demo Permit App Filed For 1-23 Ledgemere Rd. in Brighton
A demo permit application has been filed to remove the existing multi-family buildings, the J.J. Carroll Apartments, at 1-23 Ledgemere Road in Brighton. The demolition would make way for the proposed redevelopment of the site which would include 144 senior housing units plus around 1,200 square feet of commercial space. The building would also include an 11,000 square foot Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center, and ground floor "Village Center".
Nov 06, 2019
Brookline Development Secures $29.6 Million in Construction Financing
The Harold and Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline, MA has secured 29.6 million in construction financing with $17 million coming from local lender Citizens Bank.
The developer, 2Life is erecting 62 units of senior housing called the Harold and Ronald Brown Family House. The 65,000 square foot building will be physically and programmatically connected with Congregation Kehillath Israel. Along with a variety of campus partners, it will offer social, wellness, and educational programming to the wider community, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds.
Oct 30, 2019
144 Unit Affordable Senior Housing Development Under Review in Brighton
Plans are now under review for the redevelopment of the John J. Carroll Apartments in Brighton, originally built in the 1960s and currently featuring 64 public housing units. 2Life Communities has proposed to demolish the existing buildings and construct a new 6-story building. The new project would feature 144 residential units, an approximately 11,000 square foot Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center, and ground floor "Village Center". The Village Center will primarily be common space included in the residential square footage such as a multi-purpose room, Resident Service Coordinator offices, lobby, marketing/leasing office, and potentially a small resale shop and salon for residents. The ground floor will also contain approximately 1,200 square feet of commercial space, which is envisioned as a convenience store with fresh foods that would primarily serve the Proponent's staff, its residents and would also be open to the broader community. Approximately 70 parking spaces are proposed 41 in a parking garage and 29 surface parking spaces.
Sep 17, 2019
2Life Communities Breaks Ground on 62 Unit Senior Housing Development in Brookline
Late last week, 9/13, 2Life Communities officially broke ground on The Harold & Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline. The 62 unit senior housing project will be added to the Congregation Kehillath Israel (KI) campus. The state-of-the-art building will feature a mix of one and two bedrooms along with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and a new pocket park on Harvard Street.
Apr 17, 2019
CO Issued for 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton. The senior housing development features 61 affordable apartments and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Seven residences will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors, and five residences will be reserved for seniors with lifelong disabilities. A second-floor pedestrian bridge connects 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue to 2Life Communities existing 700-unit campus and amenities.
Dec 12, 2018
Construction Continues on Senior Housing Development in Brighton
Exterior work is wrapping up and interior fit-out continues for the new senior housing development at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton. The project will include 61 affordable, senior residences, a mix of studios and one bedrooms, along with 3,500sf of ground floor retail space. As part of the development, a small public plaza will be constructed along Chestnut Hill Avenue.
Aug 15, 2018
Framing and Exterior Work Continue on New Senior Housing Development in Brighton
Framing and Exterior work continues at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton. This upcoming senior housing development will include 61 affordable apartments, 3,500 square feet of ground floor retail and 21 parking spaces. A pedestrian bridge is set to connect the building to the Jewish Community Housing campus next door to allow residents to access their senior-friendly amenities.
Apr 25, 2018
JCHE Mortgages Coleman House PropertyBrighton-based JCHE has mortgaged their property at 677 Winchester Street in Newton for $25.83 million via Ohio-based lender, Red Capital Group. The property is home to Coleman House, a senior living facility that was built in 1997 is located in the Oak Hill neighborhood at 677 Winchester St, Newton, MA. The 102,640 square feet building is comprised of 146 one-bedroom apartments and sits on 3.5 acres of land.
Sep 20, 2017
Construction of 61 new affordable senior housing units begins in Brighton
General contractor Dellbrook | JKS has completed demolition of pre-existing structures at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton,
the future site of 61 affordable senior housing units with 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail developed by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE). Dellbrook | JKS will soon commence site work including earthwork and ledge removal to prepare the site for foundation construction. The upcoming six-story building at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue will be located adjacent to the proponent's existing 700-unit Brighton housing senior housing community, replacing a blighted, long-vacant house.
Aug 31, 2017
Zoning Board approves new affordable senior housing in Brighton, proponent acquires development site
An upcoming 61-unit affordable senior housing building located at 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton will move forward with construction following the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)'s approval of the project this week. Developed by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) and located adjacent to the proponent's existing 700-unit Brighton housing senior housing community, 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue will include seven units reserved for formerly homeless seniors and five units reserved for seniors with lifelong disabilities. 3,500 square feet of neighborhood-friendly retail will be located on the building's ground floor. 132 Chestnut Hill Avenue will replace a blighted, vacant house which stands on a 0.3-acre parcel; JCHE acquired the property this week for $380,500 from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who acquired the property in 2004 for $625,000 with the intention of constructing affordable housing.
Jul 05, 2017
Interior and exterior upgrades underway at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly’s Genesis House in Brighton
Installation of new windows and exterior facade upgrades are currently underway at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE)’s Genesis House in Brighton, which is under renovation, modernization and sustainability repositioning by general contractor Dellbrook | JKS. The existing buildings, which are dated and in need of renovation, are being fully refurbished both inside and out; inside the buildings, the Dellbrook | JKS team is at work upgrading utilities and installing modern finishes in residences and common areas. The Genesis House features 209 senior residences; Dellbrook | JKS’s renovation will ensure the availability of quality senior housing in the Brighton neighborhood for years to come. Renovations are designed to achieve Enterprise Green Communities sustainability certification; project completion is expected in June 2018. The following are photographs of the JCHE’s Genesis House:
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