Nearly 200 Gather for Celebration of Burns Apartments Revitalization


A vibrant crowd of almost 200 attendees assembled for the ribbon cutting event, commemorating the revitalization of the Daniel F. Burns Apartments following an extensive three-year modernization project. The program unfolded with inspiring remarks, the prestigious presentation of a Community Spirit Award to a resident, a captivating exhibit of resident portraits, unit tours, and, finally, the ceremonious cutting of the ribbon, symbolizing a new era for the property and its community.

Construction on the 198 units at Burns Apartments started in February 2020, just weeks before the widespread shutdown and isolation measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As with Millers River Apartments in East Cambridge, every building system was replaced or upgraded, and a new air conditioning system has been installed at Burns. The building is now insulated and cladded with a cementitious panel. Enhanced and expanded community spaces were constructed, including a new second floor outdoor deck. In addition, eight new handicapped accessible units were constructed as a part of the revitalization effort.

Community Spirit Award recipient, Phil Anderson, is a true community spirit and deserving winner of the recognition presented to him by CHA Director of Operations, Kevin Braga. With 14 years of residency at Burns Apartments, Phil’s commitment to the building and its tenants is unwavering. As a former member of the tenant council and a Veteran, he brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the community. Phil’s background in construction management made him an invaluable asset during the building’s renovation, where he actively participated and shared his expertise. Known for his patience and kindness, Phil treats everyone he meets with respect. He fearlessly advocates for necessary improvements, always expressing his concerns in a compassionate manner.

Phil Anderson (left), Kevin Braga (right)

Following the program, the CHA treated building residents to a hot meal and a raffle featuring several prizes as a special thank you for their patience during construction and to continue the celebration of their upgraded living community.