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The New Leland Home

2Life Communities, the Leland Home, and Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, three long-standing nonprofit organizations committed to serving seniors, have united under a shared vision of preserving the Leland Home as a pillar of the Waltham community. The Leland Home, originally developed in 1891 as a Rest Home, will be transformed into a modern, thoughtfully designed village center as a hub of activity for both residents and neighbors alike.

As Waltham’s older adult population is projected to increase by 43%, according to MAPC’s Metro Boston 2030 Population and Housing Demand Projections, the redevelopment of the Leland Home provides an opportunity for more people to call Leland "home." Our proposal is to create approximately 68 one- and two-bedroom apartments that will be affordable to older adults with household incomes below 60% of Waltham's Area Median Income (AMI).

We believe spaces should be beautiful, safe and accessible to all people regardless of income, age or ability. We also believe that residents should not have to move out of their apartment as their physical or cognitive needs change. Our vision for a new high-quality modern building will help us to achieve this by investing in energy efficient materials, universal design, and adaptability features that aim to enable residents to stay in their apartments as their physical needs change.

The new Leland Home will be fully integrated into the community through partnerships (such as with the neighboring Waltham Senior Center) and through the design and operation of a built environment that welcomes the community into the site with public open space and ground floor programming. 2Life’s programs and services include educational classes, intergenerational programs, senior-specific fitness and cultural events. 

Our mission of providing broadly affordable housing and services are linked to the funding sources available such as Federal and State tax credits which we try to pair with state and federal voucher programs to increase affordability for our residents. 

Our first step in bringing this project to fruition was an application to the Waltham Community Preservation Committee (CPC) which was granted preliminary approval. Prior to a City Council vote we held two community meetings to build a thoughtfully designed building. In July, we revised our CPC Funding Application with a community supported project consisting of 68 units in a three story building with 51 parking spaces. On August 2nd, 2021 the Waltham City Council voted unanimously to approve $6 million in CPA funding to support the redevelopment of the Leland Home. 

As we continue with the permitting process, we are excited to continue engaging with the community to realize our common vision of a new, warm and welcoming Leland Home. We will need your support as we take the project before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) this fall. 

To subscribe to project updates, please enter your contact information below. If you have any questions, hopes or dreams for the new Leland Home please email Ithzel Polanco-Cabadas at ipolanco@2lifecommunities.org.