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Reimagining 1627 Mass Ave

1627 Mass Ave



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Providing needed affordable housing in Cambridge

HRI recently acquired 1627 Mass Ave and is excited to embark on transforming the property into much needed 100% affordable housing under the Affordable Housing Overlay (AHO). The proposed development will renovate the existing historic structure in conjunction with the Cambridge Historical Commission to create several new apartments. HRI is also planning on adding more affordable apartments in a new construction building that will be Passive House certified. The location of the building is ideal for many reasons, including proximity to transit (via the MBTA red line), Harvard Square, and numerous other neighborhood amenities.


How we Got Here

HRI (Homeowners Rehab Inc.) works to preserve and develop affordable housing across the City of Cambridge through the acquisition of existing buildings and the construction of new buildings, both of which include extensive energy retrofits, green construction, historic renovation, and infill construction on properties in our portfolio.

The site includes a vacant building, formerly used by Lesley University as their Admissions Office until Fall 2021, and a large parking lot adjacent to Mellen Street. 

Public Benefits

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This development will add many more units of high-quality housing in the Baldwin neighborhood for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes.

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This project will preserve the historic character of 1627 Mass Ave as a landmark within the City of Cambridge and former home of Cambridge mayor Charles H. Saunders.

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1627 Mass Ave will include improvements to the sidewalk to activate Mass Ave and enhance the pedestrian experience.

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What's Happening Next

The project team will be hosting its first community meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022. A second community meeting will follow in October.

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