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Wowed by Visit to JCHE

Students from Northeastern and Boston Architectural College to Help Design New Site

Posted: March 28, 2016

On March 3rd, students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University came to JCHE’s Brighton campus to tour the facility and learn about JCHE’s unique philosophy and approach to creating senior communities. The team was hosted Alexis Smith, Rhonda Spector and Tabetha McCarthy from JCHE’s Real Estate Development department.

As part of their graduate degree, these students are required to participate in a group capstone project in conjunction with and in service to a public or nonprofit sector partner. The students, along with architecture students from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) will be working with JCHE to help us envision options for a project very early in its development. They will be submitting their proposal to the Affordable Housing Development Competition, which is hosted annually by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLBBoston).

The team that worked with JCHE last year developed a plan for a site next to Coleman House in Newton.  Their proposal was so exceptional that they won the FHLBBoston competition. Click here to see their proposal or learn more about the competition.

One member of this year’s team, Lauren Costello, a student in Northeastern’s Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy program, was so impressed by what she saw at JCHE that she posted a photo essay and article on the school’s blog. Click here to read Lauren’s blog post about her team’s visit to JCHE.

Lauren and her teammates will be exploring a potential site in Framingham for a joint development between JCHE and the Treehouse Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to support children and the families that adopt them out of the public foster care system by creating intergenerational affordable housing communities.

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