In This Issue
Save the Date: 15th Anniversary Celebration
Is There a CPA Hero in Your Community?
CPA Adoption Update
Adaptive Reuse Examples
Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference
Featured Project: Northborough's Senior Center
Partner Organizations 

CPA Update

July 30, 2015



It's time for a celebration at the State House!  We want to recognize the 15th anniversary of CPA, and at the same time make our case to the legislature for renewed state investment in the CPA Trust Fund.  


Read on for all the details of our October 6th event, and put the date on your calendar. We'll also be presenting the 4th Annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards that day, honoring ten local CPA heroes.  


All that and more in this issue of CPA Update...

Save the Date: 15th Anniversary CPA Celebration

Please join us on October 6, 2015 starting at 10:30 in the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Community Preservation Act. 

This event will be a critical opportunity to showcase CPA to the legislature, as we work to advance our pending legislation calling for a more robust CPA Trust Fund match. Past events have been well attended, with over 150 CPA advocates from across the state, and dozens of state legislators.  We will open registration for this event soon.

The celebration will feature the 4th Annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards, honoring 10 CPA heroes from across the state. We hope you'll submit a nomination for these awards; see our next story for more information.

Is There a CPA Hero in Your Community?

The Coalition is now accepting nominations for the Fourth Annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards!  We are looking to honor local CPA advocates who are:

  • Significant contributors to the success of CPA, either statewide or in your community.
  • Individuals, not groups 
  • Volunteers, not paid employees or elected officials. We will accept nominations of paid CPA administrators, however. 

Please note: The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Complete this form to nominate your CPA Hero Today! 

Adoption Update: More Communities Considering CPA

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CPA Adoption activity is heating up right along with the weather!  Two communities are already on the ballot, and two more are gathering signatures right now for petition campaigns.

The City of Woburn will vote on CPA at the November 3rd election.  They may be joined by Medford and Malden, should the signature gathering efforts succeed this summer in both of those communities.  Medford advocates recently launched a terrific website advocating for CPA in their community. 

The town of Abington will vote on CPA at the ballot in April of 2016, after residents at June's town meeting agreed overwhelmingly to place CPA before the voters.

You can decorate your office with our favorite map of Massachusetts - the one showing all existing 158 CPA communities, as well as those voting on CPA in the future.
Adaptive Reuse: Using CPA Funds To Convert Unused Buildings To Housing

There are dozens of ways communities use their Community Preservation Act (CPA) community housing funds. One creative and eco-friendly use is to rehabilitate unused structures and convert them to housing units. This is commonly referred to as 'adaptive reuse'. Successful examples of adaptive reuse housing developments can be found across the Commonwealth.


Click here for some examples of adaptive reuse using CPA funds...

2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference

Preservation Massachusetts is presenting the 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference, to be held on August 14th in Worcester. The preservation community will once again convene to share ideas, network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen our collective preservation efforts across the state.

Coalition Associate Director, Kathy Roth, will be part of a panel to discuss financing historic preservation projects with CPA funds. 


FEATURED PROJECT: Northborough's Vacant Senior Center Becomes Housing For Senior Citizens

After a new senior center was built in Northborough, the previous building sat vacant. 

The Northborough Affordable Housing Corporation turned this into the perfect opportunity to invest CPA funds for housing dedicated to the community's senior citizens, through a unique set of circumstances.


 Read on for all of the details...


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