Chelsea Happenings March | 2021


After months of being in the red zone for COVID-19 cases, Chelsea has moved into the yellow zone
– or moderate risk – as cases continue to decline.
Despite the decline of COVID-19 rates, as well as the rollout of the vaccine, we remind you to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to help stop the spread.
Essential workers eligible to get vaccinated starting on March 22
Starting on Mon. Mar. 22, 2021, the State expanded eligibility for vaccinations. Currently, any resident of Massachusetts 60 years of age or older is eligible. Also, essential workers are eligible. The full list of essential workers as defined by the State is available on the City’s website, but it includes all grocery store workers, all workers in the food packing and distribution business and all restaurant workers.
The State has also announced the dates when all others will be eligible.
  • April 5: People age 55+ and people with one certain medical condition.
  • April 19: General public (16+).
  • More details about eligibility at:
Please, be patient! Because vaccine supply is very limited, it may take several weeks or more to schedule an appointment.
About the vaccine:
  • The vaccines are safe and offer strong protection from COVID-19
  • All the vaccines have virtually 100% protection against serious illness from COVID
or hospitalization from COVID
  • You cannot get COVID-19 from a vaccine
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is especially important for older adults!
Know how to make an appointment at


Chelsea Covid-19 Vaccination Site
318 Broadway
By calling 617-568-4870
Online at
If you are unable to leave your home, please contact 311 Service at 617-466-4209 for assistance. We will put you on a waiting list for a future vaccination in your home.
There are 170 vaccine sites currently available across Massachusetts. Get a complete list of nearby vaccine sites based on your zip code or city, including whether the site has vaccines on hand at
Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at one of the seven mass
vaccination locations at: or call the vaccine hotline 2-1-1.


Reopening Update
New Gathering Limits
As of Mon. Mar. 22, 2021, the State started Phase IV of its reopening plan. There are some relaxed rules on gathering limits in public settings. Indoor gatherings in public settings have increased to 100, and outdoor gatherings in public settings have increased to 150 persons.
But, the gathering limits on private property have not yet changed. You are still limited to a maximum of 10 people at private indoor locations such as your home, and you are still limited to a maximum of 25 persons in outdoor gatherings at private residences such as your backyard.
With the Easter Holiday coming up, we remind you of these limits and urge you to continue to follow them. We can’t ease up now just because vaccines are here. Until large numbers of our community are fully vaccinated, we must remain vigilant.


Don’t forget our Free Covid-19 testing at 35 4th St.
Stop of the Spread is a free COVID-19 testing program currently available in Chelsea through June 30, 2021. All Chelsea residents should get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms.
  • Monday thru Friday – 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – 11 am to 5 pm
*This site may relocate outdoors to City Hall on or before May 1st.
Other COVID-19 testing sites:
Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare: 1000 Broadway
Monday through Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Find other COVID-19 testing sites by visiting


– MGB Community Care Van

– Free COVID-19 every Tuesday at 175 Hawthorne (next to Stop and Compare Supermarket) from 1 pm to 5 pm.
MGB Community Care Van
City Updates
Chelsea Eats Program Update
The City wants to announce that the program has been extended for another month, so please keep your card. The fifth distribution will occur at the end of March. The City hopes to extend the Program beyond June 30. Stay tuned for further updates.
The City wants to thank all city partners for their tireless fundraising efforts.
If you have any questions, please call 617-466-4209 or email
The State of the City
On Monday, February 22, 2021, the City Manager presented his State of the City speech to the City Council. A copy of the speech is available here. The State of the City Report is currently under development and should be available soon.


The Capital Improvement Plan
The City’s FY22-FY26 Capital Improvement Plan has been submitted to the City Council. The total amount requested for FY22 is in excess of $14 million. A full copy of the Plan is available here. The City Council will be holding a public hearing on the Plan and then voting on its components this Spring.
The Property Tax Work-Off Program
This is just a reminder that applications are available for the Senior Property Tax Workoff Program and the Veterans Tax Workoff Program.  The programs have no income eligibility requirements. Any senior 60 years or older, and any veteran, with an ownership interest in real estate is allowed to participate in the Tax Work-Off Program regardless of assets or income. Participants receive a $1,500 reduction on property taxes, working 111.11 hours for the City. Interested persons should contact the HR Department at 617-466-4170 or find applications online by visiting
The Beautification Committee
Are you interested in beautifying the City. There is a Beautification Committee that meets monthly with the City Manager, ISD and the DPW to talk about trash and problem properties and to consider beautification initiatives such as improved signage, cigarette butlers and public art. If you are interested in being part of this Committee, please contact either Laura Brockington at GreenRoots email or Monica Elias at The Neighborhood Developers email
Would like to help out a Veteran in need?
The City is now accepting tax-deductible donations for its Veterans Assistance Fund. Donations will help Veterans with immediate assistance with food, transportation, heat and oil expenses. To make a donation, Chelsea’s Taxpayers can send a check payable to “City of Chelsea Veterans Assistance Fund” to:
Collector of Taxes
City of Chelsea
500 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150
Your contribution may be deducted from Federal Income Taxes. Please be advised that your contribution does NOT reduce your Tax Bill Payment to the City of Chelsea.
Information for Businesses
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit Now Available
To expand business opportunities during COVID-19, restaurants and eateries can now apply for a temporary permit to offer outdoor dining services on:
  • Private Property (including privately owned parking lots.)
  • Sidewalks
  • Other public spaces such as streets or parking spaces adjacent to your establishment (Permits to use such adjacent streets or parking spaces require approval from the Traffic Commission).
Permits are valid through November 5th, 2021 or 60 days until after the Governor ends the Pandemic. With each of these options, restaurants that currently serve alcohol may also serve alcohol outdoors in accordance with the Licensing guidelines.
The City will also offer free technical assistance to business owners who need help with outdoor space design. To coordinate a meeting with the team, please contact Lourdes Alvarez via email at or by calling 617-487-9763.
Affordable Housing Opportunity: Two (2) units located at 13-15, 17 Fifth Street
Applications are open for two affordable studios located at 13-15, 17 Fifth Street in Chelsea. The building is a three-story mixed use building containing 16 apartment units. The property, located off Route 1, is less than a half mile from the Chelsea MBTA Commuter Rail stop and the Bellingham Square Silver Line Station. Additionally, bus service via the MBTA routes #111, #112, #114, #116, and #117 are less than a five minute walking distance from the property. Applications can be found on the city’s website and in-person at the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The deadline for completed applications has been extended to April 1st, 2021.
Down Payment Assistance-First Time Home Buyer Program
The City of Chelsea is offering Down Payment Assistance to income-eligible First Time Home Buyers. Income eligible applicants may seek up to 50% of their required down payment, up to $10,000 in funds. Applicants must have had no homeownership interest in a principal residence during the past 3 years OR be a displaced homemaker or single parent who has only owned a home with a former spouse while married. The program is open to households with an annual household income up to 80% of the Area Median Income. The First Time Home Buyer must be purchasing a condominium, townhome or single-family property in the City of Chelsea. The funding can be used for down payment assistance and customary closing costs.
The Down Payment Assistance is a 0% interest, no monthly payments, five (5) year loan. Each year, on the anniversary date, 20% of the original loan amount is forgiven. After five (5) years, the loan is forgiven completely and the owner will be provided with a discharge of mortgage that they must record at the registry of deeds. Owner must live in the property as their primary residence. The City of Chelsea does not subordinate Down Payment Assistance. If an owner refinances, sells or no longer resides in the property before the end of the term, they will be required to repay a pro-rated portion of the Down Payment Assistance.
Please allow three to four weeks from application submission for review of application and documentation, loan underwriting, inspections, document preparation, contact with primary mortgage lender, closing attorney, etc.
Please contact Sayou Cooper, Housing Planner for further information at  or 617-466-4188.


Public Infrastructure Projects

Our City Hall Tower Restoration Project is progressing well, and it will be completed by June. Chelsea City Hall is one of the only two buildings remaining from the Peabody and Stearns Architectural firm. The other structure is the Custom House Tower in Boston. Both include Tower Clocks by the Howard Clock Company.

Utility & Road Improvements Project Beacham Street & Williams Street
The City of Chelsea Department of Housing and Community Development is preparing to begin a comprehensive roadway reconstruction program on Beacham Street and Williams Street, from the City Limit to Mulberry Street. The project will seek to fix drainage issues through the corridor, improve water and sewer reliability, and provide clear paths of travel for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is part of a broader effort to improve connectivity between businesses and residents of Chelsea and Everett.
Excavation work is expected to begin in April 2021 and conclude in fall 2022. The first phase of construction will focus on water, sewer and drain utility improvements, and second phase of construction will consist of roadway improvements, including roadway reclamation & grading, new curb and sidewalk, and traffic signal reconstruction at the Spruce Street intersection.
To learn more about the project and discuss, the City will be hosting information meetings on the following dates remote via Microsoft Teams.
Informative sessions
Focus on abutters & freight interests.
March 29 – 11:00am
Computer or mobile app: Click here to join 
Call in (audio only): +1 857-263-3954,,749950698#
City’s Project Manger: Ben Cares
(617) 466-4187.
Public Hearing and Submission of the City of Chelsea Municipal Harbor Plan and Designated Port Area Master Plan for Secretarial Approval
In accordance with applicable regulations at 301 CMR 23.00, public notice is hereby given of the submission of the City of Chelsea proposed Municipal Harbor Plan and Designated Port Area Master Plan (Plan) for approval by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA and its Office of Coastal Zone Management will conduct a public hearing on the Plan on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held virtually at:
Phone #: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 879 2019 8801
Passcode: 463132
Spanish translation of the public hearing will be available.
Written comments on the proposed Plan will be considered and should be e-mailed to Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, but are welcomed any time during the comment period. Written comments can also be provided and should be addressed to:
Office of Coastal Zone Management
251Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston MA 02114; Attention: Erikk Hokenson
Copies of the City of Chelsea proposed Plan are available on the City of Chelsea webpage. Individuals may obtain copies of the plan upon request to Karl Allen at 617-466-4190 or
Copies of the state regulation under which the proposed planning program will be evaluated (301CMR 23.00) can be obtained from the State Bookstore via the book store web site at or