1/28/2016: recap of homeless housing meeting

I could only stay for the first hour of this meeting then had to bounce. Management has a thing with her friends tonight.

I’m gonna recap this real quick for you guys. This will be the first of many meetings on this.

Here’s the deal. CAN DO and the City of Newton have identified this as a site that works to house homeless families because of access to transportation, employment opportunities and social services. Tenants will be selected through a fair housing lottery and pay rent (section 8). Tenants can stay as long as they qualify and will extend their leases on a 12 month basis. CAN DO will provide support via GED and ESL classes, teaching financial literacy, etc.

The existing house was built in 1718 and was originally on Washington St. Moved to current location during Civil War. CAN DO’s architect says house is historical and can’t be altered too much. So they’re proposing to build 2 smaller buildings on the Webster St portion of lot as well. Everyone, including CAN DO, thinks this property is crazy expensive at $6.6M for 9 units. CAN DO has to work with the property seller, city & state to close on the property. Gonna be a long road.

Meeting was packed. Lots of concern over cost and implications to the neighborhood.

My biggest question is why was this house moved during the Civil War? I bet they had like a lot of other stuff going on with the confederates then. I don’t remember hearing about the battle of West Newton so it’s not like they were moving the house outta harms way. Really gotta question this move.

1/28/2016: Meet our new neighbors at #47 Randlett!

Meet the McSherry’s you guys. Will be closing on #47 this spring (private sale). A note to Randlett Parkers from Meg below:

Brian and I have two girls, Lilly is 5 1/2, currently in kindergarten at Burr. Loves riding her bike, skiing, crafts and is always up for a fun time. Emma just turned three, is in preschool at Second Church – Jean is her teacher. Loves playing dress up, singing songs and will steal chocolate any chance she gets.

Brian works in Boston.  Loves snow blowing his driveway and is determined to have a lawn that rivals a golf course. He always has cold Yuengling stocked in the spare fridge.

I am home with the girls and our dog, Jack and have a small interior design business.  Love to cook, play tennis in the warmer months and attempt to read a book before falling asleep.

We are all very excited to move to RP! We are closing on the house April 1 and will do renovations for a few months, hopefully moving in by the end of June!  Once we are officially in the house I would love to introduce Lilly to other Franklin kids so that she can see some familiar faces when she starts first grade!


1/28/2016: Cherry St homeless housing meeting tonight

Please find meeting details below. If you haven’t kept up to speed on this, the project is now focused on providing housing for homeless families, not individuals. Tonight’s meeting will be a good opportunity to learn more about what the City & CAN-DO have in mind for this site.

West Newton Community Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Community Room, Newton Police Headquarters
1321 Washington Street
West Newton Square

Dear Neighbors,

Please join your Ward Councilors and Josephine McNeil to discuss the proposal by Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization, Inc. (CAN-DO) to develop housing for homeless families at 424-432 Cherry Street.

Barbara Brousal-Glaser Jim Cote Ted Hess-Mahan
Ward Councilor Councilor-at-Large Councilor-at-Large

424 Cherry

1/27/2016: DC street calls out Randlett Park on Facebook

So I guess Randlett Park got called out yesterday on Facebook.

DC had a snowstorm last weekend. Just one. And 17 inches fell at National Airport. People were freaking out. The Mayor actually told people to shelter in place. I thought that term was only used in live shooter situations but I guess not in DC.

Um is this a joke? We’re America’s Favorite Street. We had 110 inches of snow last winter. So many snow day parties I can’t even remember.


These poor people in DC can’t even get the county to plow their street. Honestly I feel bad for them. If they ever go back to work it will take them 4 hours to get there just so they can talk about how the Redskins almost won a playoff game this year.


1/25/2016: big accident at corner of Fairway & Waltham

Sources on the ground are telling me a car was shooting across from Derby to Fairway and got t-boned by a car traveling down Waltham St. about an hour ago. 

My man Ryan down the street is reporting good news on injury front from Newton PD:

“I just spoke to our serious crash investigators and they never called him to come out, so injuries can’t be bad!”  

So this coulda been way worse you guys. Unless you’re Terrence. And you drive home from work to see a freaking Lincoln through your fence. 

10 accidents in 5 years at this corner. 2 have hit Terrence’s fence. 


1/22/2016: Update on Constantine Place

Construction is pretty much done you guys. No tenants lined up for the 3 commercial spaces yet. The 5 apartments above appear to be empty too. Not sure what the deal is. Maybe the rents are too damn high?

Rent is too damn high

Um quick question gang. Why isn’t this guy running for president? I mean the beard and gloves? So presidential. Like 1850 presidential but whatever. Plus rents being too damn high is like the first reasonable thing I’ve heard any candidate say.