Families Organizing for Racial Justice, FORJ, is proud to endorse the Yes for Newton’s Future campaign in support of the Northland project. The promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion is a central tenant of FORJ’s mission to unify our community with understanding and respect for our differences. There is a well-established nexus between racial discrimination and the lack of affordable housing. The Northland project at the heart of the Yes Campaign promises that 140 of the 800 planned apartments will be affordable. This is the largest number of affordable units ever created in Newton by a single development. At FORJ, our commitment to establishing a welcoming and inclusive community, dictates our support of this project.
In addition to the much needed affordable housing, this development brings equally needed commercial tax revenue. It will transform 23 acres of old parking lots and outdated shopping and industrial buildings into apartments for various income levels, homes, office space and eight new parks.
Project highlights include:
  • $1.5 million to renovate a nearby elementary school.
  • A “mobility hub” with free to all public electric shuttle service to the Newton Highlands T station every 10 minutes (plus free T passes for residents) along with car-share and bike-share infrastructure.
  • A strict, accountable and comprehensive plan designed to mitigate traffic; plus millions in mitigation funds to explore enhancing bike and pedestrian connections to the MBTA and Needham Crossing.
  • A cutting-edge sustainability program, including three ground-breaking Passive House-certified residential buildings that will surpass anything in the state.
  • Subsidized retail space dedicated to non-formula, locally-owned merchants.
  • Significant new commercial tax revenue, which can help pay for upgrades to our roads, sidewalks, schools and other public infrastructure.

FORJ views the Northland Project as an incredible opportunity for growth in Newton. This is a responsive City, with members who have actively worked to make this development a success and will continue to be responsive to concerns. The Northland Project is an extensively researched project that was approved by the majority of our City Council Members. We will endorse their vote and hope that you will be joining us by voting Yes on 3.