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Project Description: The Auburn Street Project is a venture by CAN-DO and Metro West Collaborative Development in partnership with The Barry Price Center.

It consists of eight total units of affordable family housing:
- One existing historic house restored and made into a 3-bedroom affordable rental unit.
- Two new attached units constructed, including a 3-bedroom and a 2-bedroom affordable unit.
- One house for congregate living for five developmentally disabled adults. Five bedrooms with shared common areas, with 24-hr/day staff.

The original single-family home at 236 Auburn Street was constructed c. 1868. The architectural style is an example of Italianate domestic architecture common in Newton's early suburban development. CAN-DO proposes to remove the current rear additions, restore the exterior of the main house to its original components, renovate the interior, and add an addition to the rear in character with the restored siding and details. The City of Newton Historic Commission recognizes the historical significance of the house and supports the proposal by CAN-DO in its restoration and development of the property.

As an affordable housing development, the Auburn Street Project is open to applicants with the following eligibility:

Household Size1 person2 person3 person4 person5 person6 person
Income Limit 60%
area median$43,440$49,680$55,860$62,040$67,020$72,000

For more information, contact
Metro West Collaborative Development:

236 Auburn Street original house rendering



Project Description: The project will provide housing for one homeless family currently living in transitional housing in Newton and a homeless family currently living in a motel or hotel paid for by the Commonwealth.

CAN-DO purchased a single family property at 54 Taft Avenue in West Newton for $590,000. The plan is to add an 1180 sq. ft. addition to the existing building after removal of the back porch of a 2 story building. The resulting project will create one 3 bedroom unit with one bathroom and one 2 bedroom unit with one bath. Renovations include new roof; replacing of stairs and railings on side porch; existing floor joists needs supports and hangars; repair window sashes; rebuilding of basement stairs; need to scope sewer lines to determine if replacement needed; replacing of retaining walls at parking area and around front of house; removal of chimney and replacement of windows. Insulation will be installed at first floor and attic of existing building.

Click here to view photos of construction progress.

Click on site plan (on right) for enlarged view.

site plan


Project Description: CAN-DO recently purchased this 2 family house containing two 2-bedroom units.

The existing house is a two family house with two 2-bedroom units each including one bathroom, a kitchen, dining room and a front porch. The exterior is aluminum siding. The property will be deleaded and the planned moderate renovations to the property include reconfiguration of the existing kitchen in the second floor unit.

The project will create two deed-restricted affordable rental units. One unit will be rented to a homeless family currently living in a motel with an income at or below 50% of the area median income and the other unit will be rented to a Newton homeless families with an income below 80% of the area median income.

Click on kitchen plan (on right) for enlarged view.

Cambria Road 10 - 12 New kitchen plan

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