Squirrel Brand

External view of Squirrel Brand Apartments

In 2002, JAS redeveloped the former Squirrel Brand factory and office buildings into 20 units of permanently affordable rental housing.  The project, which included several buildings, involved historic preservation and adaptive reuse to convert the former candy factory into 18 affordable rental units. A nearby Squirrel Brand property on Harvard Street was renovated by JAS to create 3 affordable homeownership units sold to first-time homebuyers. The 18 units of permanently affordable rental housing consist of 1-, 2,- and 3-bedroom units, while the three homeownership units each have three bedrooms. As part of the Squirrel Brand project, the City also purchased and preserved an undeveloped lot alongside the former factory to preserve it as open space in a newly designed park.

Redevelopment was completed in 2002. In 2019, Just A Start consolidated the Squirrel Brand property with the Linwood Court property to create a new development called Squirrelwood.  The Squirrel Brand building is undergoing an extensive renovation using historic tax credits.


  • Squirrel Brand Park
  • Sculpture at Squirrel Brand Park

Elm Place is owned and operated by Just A Start Corporation. If you are interested in applying for housing at Elm Place, please contact Maloney Properties at 617/661-7190.

For more information on affordable housing opportunities in Cambridge, please visit the Housing Division home page here.