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Clarendon Hill

34 North Street
Somerville, MA
Deal Type: 
Neighborhood Revitalization
Year Built: 
1948
Number of Units: 
574
Tenancy: 
Family

The Clarendon Hill proposal by nonprofits Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) and real estate investment/development firm Gate Residential calls for the redevelopment of Clarendon Hill, a state public housing development consisting of 216 apartments.

Clarendon Hill was built in 1948 as housing for veterans returning from World War II, primarily in 1-person households. The Somerville Housing Authority has done a great job maintaining these buildings with limited resources. Despite those efforts, the buildings and units are dilapidated and functionally obsolete for the families that live there now.

The State and the City have been hoping to redevelop the Clarendon Hill site for quite some time. This redevelopment proposal is in response to a call from the State to leverage the current strong housing market by bringing together a public-private partnership to redevelop the site.

This redevelopment will preserve and recreate the affordability of the existing apartments and create a residential community that offers housing targeted towards a mix of income ranges, enhanced amenities and better connection to the surrounding neighborhood. The plan involves the development of new market rate units as well as redevelopment of the state-aided public housing units.

Visit the Clarendon Hill website 

About our partners:

Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is a membership organization that has worked to support low- and moderate-income Somerville residents to achieve economic sustainability and increase civic participation for nearly 50 years. Since the 1980s, SCC has completed more than 21 affordable housing developments, resulting in over 200 ownership and rental units in Somerville.

Gate Residential is a real estate investment and development firm specializing in the multifamily sector and focuses on creating unique and vibrant developments in urban neighborhoods. Gate was the developer of Maxwell's Green in Somerville and is completing new apartment developments in Chelsea and Quincy this spring

Project Partners

  • Gate Residential
  • Somerville Community Corporation

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