Public Hearing Information

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

TOWN OF NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

PROPOSALS UNDER REVIEW FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

MARCH 2022


The CPC seeks public input in connection with the Committee’s review of applications for funding currently before the Committee for approval at May 2022 Town Meeting. The CPC also seeks input concerning priorities for funding the applications currently under consideration and the allocation of CPC Funds for the coming fiscal year. 


The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the Charles River Room located within the Public Service Administration Building (PSAB) at 500 Dedham Avenue and via Zoom – Webinar ID: 826 3312 6746.  

Please send questions in advance email to csimchak@needhamma.gov and kwright@needhamma.gov or by mail c/o Department of Public Works, 500 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA 02492.

Supporting documents for the March 16, 2022 Public Hearing can be found here.

Quick Reference

Page 1: Agenda for March 16, 2022 Public Hearing
Pages 3-210: Applications FY23-01, 02, 03 and 04 
Pages 211-409: Application FY23-05
Pages 410-424: Application FY23-07
Pages 425-519: Application FY23-09
Pages 520-617: Application FY23-11


 FY23-01: NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY – PROPERTY EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORTS; PROPERTY SURVEY

The Needham Housing Authority is requesting $123,632 for funding to complete four property conditions reports for the Needham Housing Authority’s federally subsidized deeply low-income housing developments as well as to complete a site survey of the Seabeds Way/Capt. Robert Cook site.

Regarding the request for the property conditions reports, the four reports are a prerequisite for applying to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the approval of the repositioning of NHA’s federal housing developments, which would substantially increase the properties’ operating incomes and allow for a future:

  • Renovation and modernization of the 4 buildings at Seabeds Way and 6 buildings at Capt. Robert Cook Dr. 
  • Redevelopment of the 60 High Rock Estates bungalows into 60 duplexes.
  • Land Survey

Regarding the site survey portion of the request, a similar request was funding with CPA funds in 2013 for the High Rock Estates site.

The increase from the original amount of $225,610 is due to an added contingency recommended by the CPC of an additional 10%.

FY23-02: NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY – PRE-DEVELOPMENT DESIGN COSTS – LINDEN-CHAMBERS REDEVELOPMENT

The Needham Housing Authority is requesting $1,386,000 to engage a firm to prepare preliminary design required to obtain zoning relief and complete other due diligence (e.g., geo-tech borings, traffic studies, etc.) to better position the Linden/Chambers developments to receive future funding sources, such as through State ARPA, the Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Act, and the Federal Build Back Better Act. The requested CPA funds may also be used to create and explore options for temporary tenant relocation during the construction period. 

The increase from the original amount of $1,200,000 is due to an increase of reimbursable deliverables from the architect as well as a 10% contingency consideration.

FY23-03: NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY – PURCHASE OF EAST MILITIA HEIGHTS DRIVE PROPERTY

The Needham Housing Authority is requesting $1,826,000 to fund the purchase of twelve 3-bedroom bungalows situated on 3.5 acres of land and owned by the U.S. Army through a bidding process. If successful, NHA will utilize federal or local subsidies so units could provide deeply affordable housing (<50% AMI) for families. One or more of the units may be used as a group home for the Charles River Center. 

The increase from the original amount of $1,500,000 is due to a completed appraisal of the property for anticipated cost of the parcel as well as added estimates for both the transaction costs and rezoning costs that are anticipated with a successful purchase.

FY23-04: NEEHDAM HOUSING AUTHORITY – ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION

The Needham Housing Authority is requesting $97,500 for funding to support the addition of an Assistant Executive Director. This funding request would contribute 50% of the overall expense for two years of salary. This position would support the day-to-day operations of the Needham Housing Authority and allow the Executive Director to dedicate more of their resources to the Modernization and Development Initiation pre-development period.  50% of the cost will be paid from NHA resources, and 50% of the cost would be CPA funded.  After the pre-development period, it is expected that continued funding can be built into the costs of the initial construction period.

FY23-05: NEEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS – EMERY GROVER RENOVATION PROJECT - CONSUTRCTION

The Needham Public Schools are requesting $6,000,000 for construction funding to complete a comprehensive renovation of the Emery Grover Building for continued use by school administration. Originally described by BH+A Architects in the Emery Grover Feasibility Study (June 2020), the program has been reduced in scope to fit within the existing structure.  The revised concept eliminates the need for a new 3-story wing in the rear of the building and reflects a more efficient use of shared spaces, common work areas and the relocation of educational technology to other school buildings.  The project includes historic rehabilitation of the envelope, renovation, and modernization of the interior and comprehensive code-required upgrades.   The project includes about 57 onsite parking spaces. Hillside Elementary School is used as swing space during construction.

FY23-07: NEEDHAM PARK AND RECREATION – HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS COURT IMPROVEMENTS - DESIGN

The Needham Park and Recreation Commission is requesting $50,000 in design funds to repair or replace the existing tennis courts at Needham High School. This project will evaluate the current condition of the tennis courts, provide design options for both a resurfacing project and a full renovation. Once feedback has been received by the community, these funds will also be used to complete all design documents for the project.

FY23-09: NEEDHAM DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION – BOAT LAUNCH - CONSTRUCTION

The Department of Public Works and Park and Recreation Commission is requesting $285,000 for the construction of a boat launch to improve access to the Charles River. The project will clear and formalize the pathway leading to the river and allow for small, non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes to be launched easily and safely. The design is currently underway by the Town.

FY23-11: NEEDHAM COMMUNITY FARM – CONSTRUCTION OF GROWING BEDS AVAILABLE FOR SEASONAL RENTAL

The Needham Community Farm is requesting $200,000 to construct 150, 4 by 12-foot garden beds for growing vegetables and flowers using organic practices. Seasonal rental would be offered, with priority to Needham residents, and to others dependent on demand.  The project would occupy 3/4 of an acre and would be fenced. Site access would be improved to allow disabled access to the beds, with 15 beds elevated for wheelchair-bound usage. Site would be regraded for improved drainage, with a shed constructed for tool storage, and access to water supply installed. Construction would begin in July 2022 for initial use in 2023 growing season.

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE – INCREASING THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY HOUSING BUCKET

The Community Preservation Committee is considering the continuations of increasing the required contribution of annual appropriations from 11% to 22% to the identified Community Housing funding bucket. The Needham Housing Authority has indicated a number of projects to support the growth and support of community housing in Needham from the complete Modernization and Redevelopment Initiative created in 2019. This increase was supported at the May 2021 Annual Town Meeting.