AT A GLANCE:   

  •     22.7-acre site on Needham  Street, currently home to aging industrial buildings.
  •     800 apartments, 140 of which will be permanently affordable.
  •     New office space in the renovated historic Saco-Pettee Mill building.
  •     New retail and commercial space, including restaurants, merchandise and fitness space. Plus space reserved for local retailers.
  •     10 acres of open space with seven parks, including the village green, community playground, and splash park.
  •     Would be the most environmentally sustainable mixed-use project in Massachusetts.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Teachers, first responders, retirees, young professionals and public servants can’t afford to live in Newton. To help maintain a vibrant and inclusive city, the Northland Newton project will create 140 permanently affordable units, the largest introduction of affordable housing units in Newton’s recent history. Housing advocates across Newton have endorsed the project.

OPEN SPACE

This project will create and maintain an unprecedented amount of new public open space. Northland Newton project will have seven parks, 750 new trees, community playground, a splash park, and a village green. Almost half of the site—40% (10 acres)—is open space. This much needed open and green space will be a community asset for all Newton residents.

SUSTAINABILITY

Reducing the impact of climate change is the challenge of our generation. The Northland Newton project would be the most environmentally sustainable mixed-use project in Massachusetts. At least three of the residential buildings will meet “Passive House” certification, the most stringent energy standard currently in use.

This project will position Newton as a green building leader and has earned the endorsement of climate change activists across Newton.

INPUT FROM RESIDENTS

The project underwent an extensive review process by the Newton City Council before being approved by more than two thirds of the Council in December 2019. This vote represented the end of an 18-month intensive process that included several expert peer reviews to verify claims from the developer. There were dozens of public hearings and hundreds of Newton residents shared their thoughts, concerns, and questions. This resulted in many positive changes to the project, including more open space and the most cutting-edge environmental sustainability program for any project of this kind in Massachusetts.

ECONOMIC IMPACTS

The project will result in positive long-term economic impacts, including a projected 885 new jobs and $141 million added to the local economy in addition to the 1,203 jobs and $155 million added to the local economy during construction.

The Northland project will help Newton meet future financial obligations. If the project is built, Newton will collect $1.1 million in new net tax revenue every year. This revenue can be used to upgrade infrastructure around the city and for other budgetary needs, like maintaining or upgrading Newton Public Schools facilities and more. 

For more information on this project, visit Engine 6, a local Newton advocacy group that has endorsed the project.