Downing Square Broadway Initiative
19R Park Ave. and 117 Broadway

The Downing Square Broadway Initiative (DSBI) is HCA’s newest property and includes the development of three buildings on two sites which has created 48 units of affordable rental housing in Arlington. The unit breakdown is 17 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units and 7 three-bedroom units, and 2,500 square feet of community food pantry space. Sixteen units will serve extremely-low-income (ELI) households earning up to 30% of the area median income (AMI), and 32 units are affordable to households earning up to 60% of the AMI. Five of the ELI units are set aside for homeless households who will receive subsidies and services from the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Laundry facilities will be present at both sites. All units will be affordable in perpetuity.

Two of three buildings – 19R Park Ave.
HCA purchased the one-acre parcel at 19R Park Ave in Arlington in August, 2016. The Park Avenue buildings include one three-story walk-up building located at the intersection of Lowell Street and Park Avenue, and one four-story elevator building located at the rear of the property, fronting onto the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. The three-story walk-up building includes 6 two-bedroom units. The four-story elevator building includes 15 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 5 three-bedroom units. The Park Avenue site has 23 parking spaces. Seven of the 28 units in the four-story building are accessible. The property has easy access to the bikeway and to MBTA buses on Massachusetts Avenue that connect Arlington to Cambridge and the MBTA Red Line subway.


Third building – 117 Broadway
The 117 Broadway site was purchased in September, 2014 and is a four-story elevator building that includes ground floor retail space for Arlington EATS Market (formerly Arlington Food Pantry) and three floors of residential units. There are 2 one-bedroom units; 10 two-bedroom units, and 2 three-bedroom units. One of the two-bedroom units will be accessible. The new building has 17 parking spaces accessible from Everett Street. The back of the site overlooks Lussiano Field and the Thompson School. This property has access to a variety of MBTA bus lines on Broadway and Massachusetts Avenue.