Our effort to create nine studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals at Engine 6 officially ended on October 3rd 2013 when our Purchase and Sale Agreement expired and it became abundantly clear that there was not sufficient political will to make the project possible. Since then, the Engine 6 site sold to a private developer and the Zoning Board of Appeals approved his permit to build three luxury condominiums.
If that were the end of the story then this would be a sad tale indeed.
The silver lining is that the proposed project spurred the creation of a grassroots community effort known as the “Supporters of Engine 6.” Since October 2013, the community group has been steadily championing affordable housing developments in Newton and led a very successful complaint against the City to the Federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Below is the link to a press release the group released last month summarizing their achievement: The City must create 9-12 units of permanent supportive housing within the next five years.
While this outcome is significant in and of itself, of course the real achievement is in standing tall against discrimination and forcing the City leadership to address the housing needs of the entire community.
Congratulations Engine 6!