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Garden City's shovel-ready projects

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 16, 2009 02:19 PM

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City of Newton Shovel Ready Public Projects

(Projects with asterisks are either most in need of immediate attention or have uncertain funding possibilities outside of federal funds.)

Department, Project Name & Description Project Cost

DPW, California St. Sewer Main Replacement $750,000
This project would enable four residences to disable their
current septic system and connect to the City’s sewer main.

DPW, Cheesecake Brook Bridge Replacement $500,000
This project would construct two new pedestrian bridges to replace
existing inaccessible, deteriorated bridges in Auburndale.

DPW, Cheesecake Brook Underdrain and Sewer Rehabilitation $2,000,000
The project will line and reinforce aging, leaking, deteriorating sewer mains,
and segregate the sewage from the existing underdrain system.

**DPW, Cheesecake Brook Wall Maintenance $1,000,000
This project would repair deteriorated stone walls that border Cheesecake Brook,
stabilizing roadways from collapsing into the Brook.

DPW, Crescent Street Water Main Replacement $850,000
Full replacement of aged, undersized and unlined cast iron water main piping,
improving water quality and important safety measures, ie, Fire flow capacity, to
more than 65 Auburndale residences.

DPW, Lagoon Dredge at Newton City Hall $750,000
Remove existing sediment from stormwater storage ponds at City Hall. This will
maintain stormwater storage capacity, improve water quality, and mitigate flooding.

DPW, Commonwealth Golf Course Culvert Rehabilitation $200,000
Replaces collapsed culvert, which often leads to flooding and
unplayable course conditions, costing the City revenue.

DPW, Grove Street Water Main Rehabilitation $1,000,000
Full replacement of aged, undersized and unlined cast iron water main
Piping; improving water quality and important safety measures, ie,
Fire flow capacity, to more than 120 Lower Falls residences.

DPW, Hillside Avenue Stormdrain Replacement $100,000
Full replacement of a collapsed drain on Hillside Avenue. The drain
services Hillside Avenue, a busy collector roadway in West Newton.

DPW, Homer Street Water Main Rehabilitation $2,500,000
Full replacement of aged, undersized and unlined cast iron water main
Piping; improving water quality and important safety measures, ie,
Fire flow capacity, to more than 80 Newton Centre residences.

DPW, Water Pump Station Rehabilitation at Manet Road $500,000
Upgrade undercapacity 20+ year-old water pumps, to improve Fire flow
capacity to Chestnut Hill area, effecting nearly 1,000 residences.

**DPW, Needham Street Rehabilitation $17,000,000
Complete rehabilitation of a vibrant commercial corridor, currently serving
20,000 vehicles daily; including safety measures, accessibility and pedestrian
improvements, and replacing an aging, undercapacity bridge.

**DPW, Old Farm Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation $2,500,000
Water, sewer, drainage and roadway reconstruction, resolving flooding and
sewer discharge to 60+ Oak Hill residences due to insufficient drain capacity.

DPW, Installation of Parking Lot Pay Stations $100,000
Would modernize the way motorists in Newton pay for parking enabling them
to swipe credit card, and improve the City’s efficiency in collecting parking receipts.

DPW, Wales Street Bridge Improvements $600,000
Ensure structural soundness, and make vehicular and pedestrian safety improvements
to Lower Falls bridge that does not currently meet crash resistance standards.

DPW, Walnut Street (Homer St. to Rte. 9) Rehabilitation $4,000,000
Complete resurfacing of one of the busiest City-owned thoroughfares in Newton.
Would include important safety measures, including sidewalk repair, line striping,
handicap accessibility, pedestrian improvements, enhancements of traffic signalizations.

DPW, Walnut St. Laundry Brook Underdrain/Sewer Rehabilitation $1,000,000
Would prevent raw sewage from entering the underdrain system and discharging
directly into groundwater, brooks and the Charles River. The project will line
and reinforce aging, leaking, deteriorating sewer mains.

**DPW, Washington Street Rehabilitation $2,000,000
Complete resurfacing of one of the busiest City-owned thoroughfares in Newton.
Would include important safety measures, including sidewalk repair, line striping,
handicap accessibility, pedestrian improvements, enhancements of traffic signalizations.
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PB, Angier Elementary Boiler Replacement $500,000
This school was built in 1919. The two new boilers would replace two of the three
original 90 year-old boilers at Waban elementary school, serving 392 students.

PB, Angier Elementary School Construction $30,000,000
This 90-year-old facility has been evaluated and determined to be the worst school
facility in the City that needs to be replaced. This project would provide a new
school for 392 Waban elementary schoolchildren and would demolish the old building.

PB, Burr Elementary School Window Replacement $650,000
This school was built in 1967. Modern, energy efficient windows would replace
original 42-year-old ones at Auburndale elementary school, serving 369 students.

PB, Cabot Elementary School Boiler Replacement $250,000
This school was built in 1929. The new boiler would replace failing 30 year-old
boiler at Newtonville elementary school, serving 425 students.

**PB, Newton City Hall Boiler Replacement $225,000
City Hall was built in 1932, houses 250+ employees, and is one of our most visible
and visited public building. The new boiler would replace failing 27+ year-old boiler.

PB, Newton City Hall Interior Painting $75,000
Sections of the building were last painted up to 10 years ago. Select public
rooms, ceilings, and spaces would be patched/repaired, primed, and painted.

PB, Crafts Street DPW Garage Exterior Door Replacement $100,000
This garage houses City heavy equipment and is office space for 25 city employees.
The 23-year-old exterior overhead doors are bent, unaligned, drafty, and in disrepair.

PB, Crafts Street DPW Garage Exterior Masonry Repairs $62,275
Exterior masonry repairs to welding shop area of the 75-year-old building,
replacing cracked exterior bricks, and re-pointing and waterproofing the area.

**PB, Crafts Street DPW Garage HVAC Replacement $150,000
Modernize the heating and cooling system, replacing the existing insufficient
23-year-old HVAC and exhaust with newer equipment.

PB, Crafts Street DPW Garage Roof Replacement $500,000
The existing 23-year-old roof is leaking and disintegrating. Pieces have fallen on to
employees, and moisture has been dripping down on City vehicles and employees.

**PB, Multicultural Center (fmr. Carr School) Window Replacement $1,000,000
The facility was built in 1936 and receives thousands of visitors each year of all ages
for a variety of cultural recitals, plays, and other performers. This project replaces the
original 73-year-old windows, to install modern energy efficient ones.

**PB, Elliot Street DPW Garage HVAC Replacement $125,000
This 50 year-old garage houses City heavy equipment, is office space for 15 city
employees, and houses regular DPW staff meetings of 100+. This project would
modernize the current insufficient heating and cooling system..

PB, Elliot Street DPW Garage Exterior Door Replacement $52,000
The replacement of 50-year old, ill-fitting, uninsulated, weathered garage doors.

**PB, Emerson Community Center Boiler Replacement $125,000
This section of the building was built in 1960. The project would replace a failing
26-year-old boiler and would convert the Upper Falls facility to natural gas.

**PB, Fire Station #1 Window Replacement $275,000
Window replacement for Newton Corner Church Street fire station. Built in 1963, the
project would replace the original 46-year-old windows with modern, energy efficient ones.

PB, Fire Station #2 Window Replacement $100,000
Window replacement for West Newton Commonwealth Ave. fire station. Built in 1963, the
project would replace the original 46-year-old windows with modern, energy efficient ones.

PB, Fire Station #3 Window Replacement $375,000
Window replacement for Newton Centre Willow Street fire station. Built in 1954, the
project would replace the original 55-year-old windows with modern, energy efficient ones.

PB, Fire Station #3 Interior Painting $60,000
Sections of the building were last painted up to 10 years ago. Select living and
working areas would be patched/repaired, primed, and painted.

PB, Fire Station #4 Renovation $2,700,000
This comprehensive renovation of our 55-year-old Newtonville fire station would include
gutting and renovating living areas, apparatus bays, technology and mechanical systems.

PB, Fire Station #7 Renovation $3,500,000
This comprehensive renovation of our 55-year-old Upper Falls fire station would include
gutting and renovating living areas, apparatus bays, technology and mechanical systems.

PB, Fire Station #10 Window Replacement $100,000
Window replacement for Oak Hill Dedham Street fire station. Built in 1948, the
project would replace the original 61-year-old windows with modern, energy efficient ones.

PB, Horace Mann Elementary School Window Replacement $450,000
This school was built in 1964. Modern, energy efficient windows would replace
original 45-year-old ones at Auburndale elementary school, serving 370 students.

PB, History Museum at Jackson Homestead Interior Painting $37,500
The original building was built in 1809 and is approximately 200 years old. Sections
of the building were last painted up to 7 years ago. Select public areas would be
patched/repaired, primed, and painted.

PB, Newton Free Library ATC Replacement $175,000
A state-of-the-art facility when it was built in 1992, the Library features an Energy
Management System. The current Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) system is
failing, however, and we cannot control fan speed or automatic aspects of the temperature.
The City is experiencing unanticipated and avoidable energy costs due to this ATC failure.

**PB, Newton Lower Falls Recreation Center Roof Replacement $288,553
More than 200 weekly visitors participate in child care, senior citizen, and youth and
adult programs and activities. This project would replace the failing 61-year-old roofing system.

PB, Newton Lower Falls Recreation Center Window Replacement $85,000
Window replacement for 61-year-old windows, which currently cause extreme heat loss
and leakage in some areas. Windows to be replaced are originals, circa 1948.

**PB, Oak Hill Middle School Boiler Replacement $225,000
This school was built in 1936. The new boiler would replace failing 13 year-old
replacement boiler at grade 6-8 middle school in Oak Hill, serving 547 students.

**PB, Crescent Street P&R Garage Roof Replacement $143,225
The garage houses the heavy duty vehicles needed for the maintenance of Newton’s 71
public parks and open spaces and for clearing snow and ice at our 21 public schools.
The existing 50-year-old roof is leaking and disintegrating.

PB, Police Department Annex Window Replacement $125,000
Window replacement for Traffic Bureau of the NPD at the Chestnut St. annex on Chestnut
Street in West Newton. The project would replace the original 84-year-old windows with
modern, energy efficient ones.

PB, Underwood Elementary School Boiler Replacement $250,000
This school was built in 1928. The new boiler would replace failing 30+ year-old
replacement boiler at elementary school in Nonantum, serving 282 students.

PB, Utilities Building Exterior Masonry $230,000
This facility houses the Newton Water and Sewer Division, heavy equipment and is
office space for 25 city employees. The 78-year-old building is a former incinerator
building that was converted to the Water and Sewer Facility approximately 10 years ago.
This project would restore the exterior masonry by re-pointing and waterproofing it.

PB, Zervas Elementary School Boiler Replacement $225,000
This school was built in 1953. The new boiler would replace the original failing
56 year-old boiler at elementary school in Waban, serving 328 students.

**P&R, Crystal Lake Master Plan Improvements $4,476,468
The project would link the Crystal Lake Bathhouse property to the recently acquired
properties at 20 Rogers Street and 230 Lake Avenue to the Levingston Cove recreation land,
improve the overall condition and usability of the site, construct a new bathhouse, and make
accessibility and pedestrian improvements.

P&R, Chaffin and Farlow Parks Preservation and Restoration $1,140,000
Historic restoration of City’s first public park (Farlow) and abutting park (Chaffin) at
Newton Corner to include restoration of historic pond and stone bridge; improvements
to walkways and all park amenities; preservation pruning of historic trees.

P&R, Newton Centre Playground Rehabilitation $2,450,000
Located in the heart of Newton, the historic 17.9 acre Playground is among the City’s most frequented. This project initiates and improves access throughout; makes improvements to the recreational facilities and park amenities and improves City drainage infrastructure (Hammond Brook).

P&R, Newton Highlands Playground Renovation $1,800,000
This 13.3 acre neighborhood playground offers passive and active recreational opportunities. The renovation would include storm drainage and parking area improvements, construction of tournament level Little League field and support building, and reconstruction of playground, basketball courts and tennis courts..

**P&R, Pellegrini Park Rehabilitation $1,716,480
This project would make major improvements to athletic field, parking lot, walkways, basketball and tennis courts, play equipment and other park amenities. Stormwater management improvements include upgrade of site drainage infrastructure, permeable paving, and tree/shrub plantings to small but vibrant public park in the Nonantum neighborhood.

**P&R, Stearns Park Rehabilitation $945,320
Complete renovation of vibrant neighborhood park would include all new tree planting,
play equipment, basketball court, athletic field, fencing, walkways and other park amenities.

**P&R, Newton Upper Falls Playground Renovation $2,200,000
This 8.77 acre facility offers both passive and active recreational opportunities for both formal and informal uses. Approximately 850 linear feet abuts the Charles River. The project would refine, refurbish and enhance existing facilities at their current locations within the park including formal pathways, connections to the Charles River and other greenway corridors, site furnishings, and interpretive signage that will convey the site's unique recreational, historical, cultural and environmental attributes.

P&R, Newton Centre Parking Garage Construction $7,000,000
Construction of a 350 +/- space municipal parking garage on Newton Centre Fire Station triangle conforms with privately funded Smart Growth development to include first floor commercial space, housing above and a new fire station and fire administration /communication space. Portions of the development would be donated to the City (approx. value: $7,000,000) by developer in exchange for long term lease on City owned land. Funding for the garage, within 2,000 feet from a mass transit train stop, is needed to make the entire project viable.


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2 comments so far...
  1. Yes, Crystal Lake improvements, credit card parking meters and newton centre parking garage.

    Posted by Anonymous February 17, 09 02:51 PM
  1. Unfortunately,Quinobequin Road does not appear on this list.
    It was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the last storms.
    FEMA visited many homes.
    DCR has jurisdiction of road but city owns all pipe servicing neighborhood.
    Currently there is no dedicated storm drain on the entire run of road.
    There very few storm drain grates capturing runoff from properties.
    The storm revealed the vulnerability of drains being a conveyor of the Charles River back to people's property when the river rises.
    We need the city to work with the DCR to design a way for people to protect their property without passing proplem onto their neighbor.

    Posted by maureen reilly meagher April 6, 10 09:27 AM