Redeveloping Hebrew SeniorLife's Centre Street Campus in Brookline

Learn about possible redevelopment of Center Communities of Brookline and expanded programming

Hebrew SeniorLife is planning a redevelopment of our Center Communities of Brookline campus on Centre Street in Brookline, MA. This project would include:

108 Centre Street
  1. Redevelopment of the 108 Centre Street site into 54 affordable senior independent living apartments. This plan includes expanded indoor and outdoor community space, both of which will offer Center Communities of Brookline residents and the Town’s other senior residents significant benefits.
  2. Enhancements to the overall campus, including landscaping, lighting, and green space.
  3. To the greatest extent feasible, the new development will be built to Passive House Standards. The Passive House Standard is one of the world's most proven, voluntary approaches to energy reduction, assured indoor air quality, durability and thermal comfort.

We are pursuing a “friendly” 40B to allow the proposed development and in January 2022 received town approval. Hebrew SeniorLife's proposal is friendly for the following reasons, which make it very different than many 20Bs in the area:

  • the project will be 100% affordable
  • the project will be 100% for seniors 
  • We will engage with neighbors throughout the process as necessary, and will always answer questions and endeavor to address concerns as we go through the iterative design process with the town.

Similar to the 2Life project at 370 Harvard Street, which was deemed a “friendly” 40B, Hebrew SeniorLife is also a non-profit mission-driven organization with strong ties to Brookline and will work with the town to provide much needed affordable senior housing. We appreciate the support we've received from various town departments throughout the approval process, including the Housing Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Brookline Historical Commission and many other town boards, committees, and individuals. 

We welcome the opportunity to explore the expansion of our program and service offerings with the town and our residents, neighbors, and others. As we move forward, collaborative planning, shared information, and an inclusive atmosphere of trust and respect are of paramount importance.

Project Updates

The application for funding has been submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development for review. We await their decision sometime over the summer.

While we continue to wait for a decision on funding from the Department of Community Housing and Development we are actively working on moving items of the project forward. Our application for a Passive House Status has been submitted and is under review. Passive Houses require very little energy to achieve a comfortable temperature year-round while protecting the building structure. In conjunction with all our partners we are continuing to move internal design elements forward so we are ready to hit the ground running when our funding request is approved.

Learn more about our concept for development:

Current Centre Street Development Information

Architectural Renderings

Center Communities of Brookline Fact Sheet

Center Communities of Brookline - A Day in the Life

We'd Like to Hear from You

To share any input, ideas, concerns, or questions you may have, you may leave a voicemail at 617-363-8392 and your call will be returned as soon as possible. You may also contact us via email and/or be added to our mailing list to receive updates and invitations. Please send the following information to CCBCentreStreetCampus@hsl.harvard.edu:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Street number, city, zip
  • Phone number