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Christina Street Housing

CAN-DO broke ground on April 2, 2002 at a large historic home on Christina Street in Newton Highlands to begin the creation of two new properties, Kayla's House and the Highlands Glen Condominiums  (see site plan below - on left, Kayla's House in original building; center and right, two new duplexes for Highlands Glen Condominiums).

Christina Street site plan

Christina Street Groundbreaking

At groundbreaking, left to right: Ted Hess-Mahan, President of CAN-DO, Jason A. Rosenberg, Donna M. Rosenberg, Josephine A. McNeil, Executive Director of CAN-DO, Mayor David B.Cohen


Kayla's House

The first property is Kayla's House, named in memory of Oak Hill bus accident victim Kayla A. Rosenberg, whose father, Newton attorney Jason Rosenberg, provided many hours of legal assistance on this project. Since completion in 2003 Kayla's House has provided transitional housing for young mothers and children who participate in the Newton Community Service Center's Young Parent Program.

Christina Street Groundbreaking

Christina Street Kaylas House

Kayla's House, from street.

Christina Street elevation1

Kayla's House, South elevation.

Christina Street floor plan

Kayla's House, second floor plan (two separate two-bedroom units).

Project developed, in part, with Newton Community Preservation Funds.



Highlands Glen Condominiums

CAN-DO built two duplexes to create four Condominium units. Three units were sold at market rate enabling a fourth unit to be sold to an income-eligible first time homebuyer.

Highlands Glen condo

Highlands Glen Condominium duplex.


Highlands Glen condo

Highlands Glen Condominium, with Kayla's House in background.


Highlands Glen condo, second duplex

Second Highlands Glen Condominium duplex.

Project developed, in part, with Newton Community Preservation Funds.



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