Tell the Zoning Board to Support Higher Density Affordable Homes in Porter Square

40 new homes for Cambridge families and individuals.

100% below market rate units for low and moderate-income people.

Just blocks from the Porter Square T station and vibrant mixed-use district. 

No additional parking beyond three accessible spaces for residents with disabilities.

When ABC talks about smart development in Cambridge, this is what we mean. Higher density, transit-oriented housing helps creates opportunity for more families of all income levels to afford to live and stay in our community.

ABC is proud to support the proposed 1791 Mass Ave development which is described in part above. The building heights and minimal parking included in this proposal help the developer achieve a level of density that is critical to build the type of affordable and sustainable communities that Cambridge desperately needs.

This Thursday, January 11th the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on a permit application by the developer of this project. Although the City of Cambridge has been supportive of this project, we are concerned that without a strong showing by supporters of sustainable higher density, transit-oriented affordable housing the ZBA might substantially reduce the size of the project.

This would render the project infeasible and we would lose the opportunity to gain 40 new higher density affordable homes for Cambridge families and individuals.

Please attend the zoning board hearing and speak in favor of this proposal. No matter where you live in Cambridge your support will be critical.

BZA Hearing on 1791 Mass Ave
Thursday, January 11th
7:00 P.M.
806 Mass Ave in Central Square (Senior Center across from City Hall)

Click here to let us know if you can attend

If you can’t make it to the meeting next week, I ask that you please send a letter to the BZA indicating your support. Please send correspondence to Maria Pecheco at Make sure to reference BZA Case No. 014892-2017 and address the letter to Chairman Constantine Alexander.

For your information I have listed some additional key project details on the ABC website

You can also find a copy of the development plans and the BZA application online at

I hope to see you on Thursday.

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