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PROJECT STATUS
Construction Complete: 1 |
Under Construction: 1 |
Development in Planning: 1

WORK BY SECTOR
Housing: 1 |
Affordable Housing: 1

PROJECT SIZES
$0 - $10M: 2 | $10M - $100M: 1 | $100M+: 0

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Established 1986
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As a community development corporation (CDC), Just-A-Start (JAS) is dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. JAS’s vision is a better future for each and every community member: a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community.

Updates

Squirrelwood Apartments
- Jun 18, 2020

Ecofriendly Development Resumes Work After Construction Shutdown During Pandemic Callahan has announced construction of the Squirrelwood Apartments, a 12-building, 88-unit affordable housing development located in Cambridge, MA, has resumed after a temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is progressing rapidly and is poised to be completed in 2021.  Owned by Just-A-Start Corporation, Callahan and Davis Square Architects are renovating the ten existing buildings and executing the design and construction of two new infill buildings, along with the construction of an addition to an existing building. The new construction is targeting Energy Star and Passive House standards.  “Quality affordable housing, like the homes Just-A-Start is developing at Squirrelwood Apartments, is a foundation for a strong and vibrant community. We’re excited that Callahan has resumed construction on the project, with procedures in place to minimize health risks during the pandemic. We remain committed to upgrading and expanding affordable housing opportunities so that more people in Cambridge can live here within their means and have access to the city’s many opportunities,” said Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Executive Director of Just-A-Start.  While following all COVID-19 protocols, and temporarily shutting down the construction site, Callahan and their subcontractors have now resumed work, and are in the demolition and rough installation phase of two (2) buildings undergoing renovations. Callahan is also in the rough installation phase in one (1) new infill building and is working on the foundation of the second new building. The installation of siding and windows will begin in the coming weeks on the first new infill building while framing delivery is planned for the second.  “Squirrelwood was shut down for just over two months due to the COVID-19 construction moratorium in Cambridge. Now that the project has reopened, momentum is ramping back up with close attention to the safety requirements needed to keep all personnel safe,” stated Jessica Anthony, Project Executive at Callahan. “The team is excited to be making progress again and is taking an enthusiastic approach to working in the new normal.”  The Squirrelwood project consists of two existing affordable housing projects: Linwood Court and Squirrel Brand Apartments. Linwood Court includes eight (8) buildings with 45 residential units that are undergoing renovation. Upgrades to existing units include kitchen and bathroom remodels, new flooring and windows throughout, and updates to all exterior facades, including brick repointing, new siding, insulation, and roofing. Residents have been temporarily relocated to other units throughout the property while their homes are under construction. The Squirrel Brand project, which is listed on the state historic register, consists of 20 residential units in two (2) buildings. The interior will undergo light upgrades to existing units, including select kitchen and bath remodels and new flooring. The exterior will be repointed, and the historic windows will be refurbished.  The two (2) new infill buildings, along with the addition, will offer an additional 23 units to the development. The largest infill building is being built to Passive House building standards, ensuring maximum energy efficiency and resident comfort. Passive House construction adheres to five building-science principals: continuous insulation throughout the entire envelope without thermal bridging, an airtight building envelope preventing loss of conditioned air and infiltration of outside air, high-performance windows and doors that manage solar energy for maximized heating and minimized overheating during cooling seasons, energy recovery ventilation, and a minimal space conditioning system. The other infill construction will meet Energy Star standards. 


Squirrelwood Apartments
- Nov 22, 2019

Construction Continues for Squirrelwood Apartments Construction is ongoing for the Squirrelwood Apartments in Cambridge, just a few blocks from busy Kendall Square. This project includes the renovation of ten existing buildings and construction of two new infill buildings, along with an addition to an existing building. The headquarters of Squirrel Brand Company converted into 20 units of multi-family housing in 2000, is now known as Squirrel Brand Apartments. The building sits on the State Register of Historic Places and will be rehabbed to meet historic preservation standards. This building will remain occupied during construction and will require close coordination for the selective interior renovations planned in addition to the exterior work. Completion is slated for September 2020.


Rindge Commons
- Oct 28, 2019

100 Unit Residential Project Being Planned Near Alewife Just-A-Start Corporation is proposing a two-building, approximately 100 unit project at 402 Rindge Ave. in Cambridge near Alewife Station. This new, mixed-use development will bring together a state-of-the-art education and job training center, affordable housing, and services available to the entire neighborhood. It will be located adjacent to JAS’s Rindge Tower Apartments.


Squirrelwood Apartments
- Jun 26, 2019

Construction Kicks off for Squirrelwood Apartments Renovations and Additions Construction has officially kicked off for the Squirrelwood Apartments in Cambridge, just a few blocks from busy Kendall Square. The project will include the renovation of ten existing buildings and construction of two new infill buildings, along with an addition to an existing building. The new construction will target Energy Star and Passive House standards.  "With a wide range of units to accommodate families of all sizes and a variety of income levels, the Squirrelwood project is an important step in Just-A-Start's mission to offer quality, inclusive housing to Cambridge residents. As housing costs in the city continue to rise, Just-A-Start is proud to work alongside its partners to preserve the affordability of these homes and create more access to secure housing in this community," said Just-A-Start Executive Director Deborah Ruhe.  The Squirrelwood project consists of two existing affordable housing projects: Linwood Court and Squirrel Brand Apartments. Linwood Court includes eight buildings with 45 residential units that will undergo renovation. Upgrades to existing units will include kitchen and bathroom remodels, new flooring and windows throughout, and updates to all exterior facades, including brick repointing, new siding, insulation, and roofing. Residents will be temporarily relocated to other units throughout the property while their homes are under construction.  The Squirrel Brand Company, a candy manufacturer founded in 1888 in Roxbury, MA, moved its headquarters to 12 Boardman Street in Cambridge, MA. The headquarters converted into 20 units of multi-family housing in 2000, is now known as Squirrel Brand Apartments. The building sits on the State Register of Historic Places and will be rehabbed to meet historic preservation standards. This building will remain occupied during construction and will require close coordination for the selective interior renovations planned in addition to the exterior work.  The two new infill buildings, along with the addition, are currently under construction and will offer an additional 23 units to the development. The largest infill building will be built to Passive House building standards, ensuring maximum energy efficiency and resident comfort. Passive House construction adheres to five building-science principals: continuous insulation throughout the entire envelope without thermal bridging, an airtight building envelope preventing loss of conditioned air and infiltration of outside air, high-performance windows and doors that manage solar energy for maximized heating and minimized overheating during cooling seasons, energy recovery ventilation, and a minimal space conditioning system. The other infill construction will meet Energy Star standards.  The redevelopment of Squirrelwood will take place in multiple phases and includes a variety of unique challenges. Current residents will remain at the property during the renovations, requiring precise logistics and timing for execution.    The Squirrelwood development is located at the corner of Broadway and Columbia Street in Cambridge. Completion is slated for September 2020. Rendering courtesy Davis Square Architect


243 Broadway
- Jul 05, 2018

Cambridge's "Close Building" AcquiredThe property at 243 Broadway Street in Cambridge, known as the "Close Building" has been acquired for $12.921 million.The site features a 6 story, 61-unit 53,724 square-foot building that was constructed in 1910. The building is comprised of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom units. The Close Building is the former home of the George Close Company, a chocolate factory, whose principal, George Close, erected the brick building at 243 Broadway.


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