Cruz plans Dudley Square Development

Cruz plans Dudley Square Development

Boston Herald July 14, 2016 – Cruz Cos. is planning a $47 million development on Warren Street in Roxbury that its CEO says would bring much-needed mixed-income apartments, along with senior­ housing, to the neighborhood and help further revitalize Dudley Square.

The Roxbury company, in a letter of intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, pitched a two-phase project that would begin­ with a four- to five-story building with at least 51 apartments, a quarter of which would be market-rate, with the rest planned as workforce housing.

Family-owned minority business leads way in construction of affordable housing in Boston

Family-owned minority business leads way in construction of affordable housing in Boston

Boston Globe June 21, 2016 – For some reason, people tend to gravitate to the term “old-fashioned” when trying to describe Cruz Companies, a construction, development, real estate management, and relocation firm in Roxbury.

Perhaps it is understandable. The company has some age: It is one of the oldest and largest minority-owned companies in the Northeast. And it admittedly prides itself on old-fashioned quality, old-fashioned values, and even an old-fashioned management and corporate structure that includes several members of the extended Cruz family.

First Annual Cruz C.A.R.E.S. Walkathon Raises Support for Youth Summer Jobs in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan

First Annual Cruz C.A.R.E.S. Walkathon Raises Support for Youth Summer Jobs in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan

(Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Archipelago Strategies Group)

(Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Archipelago Strategies Group)

BOSTON – On Saturday, June 4, Boston residents came together for the First Annual Cruz C.A.R.E.S. Walkathon, traveling a 3-mile route through Franklin Park to raise awareness and funds to support summer jobs for youth in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

It was great to see all the participants come out on a beautiful day to support a great cause,” said John B. Cruz, III, president of Cruz Companies. “Our goal is to create job opportunities for as many youth as we can this summer, and this successful event will help us do just that.”

The Walkathon, “Making Strides for a Better Community,” was hosted by Cruz C.A.R.E.S., the non-profit arm of Cruz Companies, one of the region’s largest and oldest minority-owned construction firms.

The event was a benefit for youth summer jobs in Boston’s communities of color through the Cruz Youth Summer Works program, which offers summer jobs to youth living in Cruz managed properties and others who live in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The over 50 participants helped raise over $12,000 but the final amount will probably be higher as they are still accepting donations. For more information about how to donate, you can contact CruzCares@CruzCompanies.com

About Cruz Companies and Cruz C.A.R.E.S.: The John B. Cruz Construction Company of Roxbury is one of the largest and oldest minority-owned construction companies in the nation responsible for landmark projects and developments across the region. Cruz C.A.R.E.S. (Community Arts, Recreational and Educational Services) was born from the company’s mission of giving back to the community in as many ways as possible. Cruz C.A.R.E.S. is a registered 501c(3) and exists to help Boston’s urban communities and specifically the youth of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

Power Families: The Next Generation

Power Families: The Next Generation

Boston Magazine Power 2016: Power Families – The Next Generation, The Management Marvel: Justin Cruz.
These rising stars haven’t taken over the family business yet, but they’re following closely in their parents’ footsteps.

Age: 41

Family Legacy
Cruz Companies, founded by Justin’s grandfather and run by his father, John Cruz III, and his father’s cousin, Daniel Cruz Jr., is among the largest and oldest minority-owned development, construction, and management firms in the region, with clients ranging from Harvard to Raytheon to the Archdiocese of Boston. Meanwhile, the group’s nonprofit arm funds scholarships and youth programs for the city’s kids.

His Role
Justin directs the company’s management services for its residential buildings around Boston.

Dad’s Take
The management side has a bit more opportunity without some of the restrictions,” John says. “I expect that over the next few years, Justin will really have some significant growth.”

Cruz Management Announces New Smoke-Free Partnership With Boston Public Health Commission

Cruz Management Announces New Smoke-Free Partnership With Boston Public Health Commission

CRUZ MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES NEW SMOKE-FREE PARTNERSHIP WITH BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION

New smoke-free housing policy to benefit 4,000 residents

Harvard Commons – Dorchester, MA

BOSTON – Monday, March 21, 2016 – Cruz Management, a third generation minority-owned family company serving tenants in over 1,600 units in the cities of Boston and New Bedford, today announced a new partnership with Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to implement a smoke-free policy that will increase health and safety for all of its residents.

“We thank Cruz Management for their work to provide safe and healthy environments for Boston residents,” said Felix G. Arroyo, Boston’s chief of Health and Human Services. “As a lifelong asthmatic, I know how important it is to ensure children and families are able to breathe clean air.”

Cruz Management recently notified its residents of the policy, which goes into effect July 1, 2016, following a survey that found widespread, positive support amongst tenants for smoke-free buildings.

“This is a healthy policy for all of the families living in our properties, and we are pleased by the strong support for this initiative,” said Justin Cruz, director of Cruz Management. “We look forward to working with Boston Public Health Commission and our more than 4,000 residents during the transition to smoke-free buildings over the coming months.”

BPHC will be working with Cruz Management to offer training and technical assistance to help staff communicate its new policy with residents as it is incorporates new smoke-free language into leases. BPHC will also help connect residents to resources if they want to quit, or learn more about smoking cessation strategies.

“We are proud of Cruz Management for talking the leadership to adopt this policy which will benefit thousands of families,” said Eugene Barros, associate director of the BPHC Division of Healthy Homes and Community Supports. “This will make a big difference especially for the many residents and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems and are highly sensitive to smoke.”

BPHC started its Smoke-Free-Homes program in 2008 and has since helped hundred of landlords, including the Boston Housing Authority, become smoke-free. More than 20 local housing agencies and community development corporations have now adopted the policy, which results in healthier, safer and easier to maintain buildings.

Learn more about BPHC Smoke-Free-Homes

About Cruz Management:

A division of Cruz Companies, one of the oldest and largest minority-owned companies in the northeast, Cruz Management is a full service real estate property management firm, which provides quality services to property owners in the Greater Boston area that include the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency the Department of Housing and Urban Development and private owners.

The Cruz Management team has won a reputation for professionalism and partnership with residents, housing agencies and community groups. Cruz Management services more than 1,600 units in the cities of Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as sites in Miami, Florida. These residential units are financed through a variety of programs, such as: Projects Based Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Section 236, Sharpe Developments and Hope VI Developments.

See a list of Cruz Management properties

CRUZ COMPANIES AND SECRETARY ASH BREAK GROUND ON RESIDENCES AT HARVARD COMMONS PROJECT

CRUZ COMPANIES AND SECRETARY ASH BREAK GROUND ON RESIDENCES AT HARVARD COMMONS PROJECT

CRUZ COMPANIES AND SECRETARY ASH BREAK GROUND ON RESIDENCES AT HARVARD COMMONS PROJECT 

Colin Johannen, P.E. Project Manager- Tetra Tech, Micheal Washington, President MWA Architects, Justin Cruz, Director Cruz Companies, Matthew Birmingham, Construction Superintendent – Cruz Companies, John B. Cruz III, President – Cruz Companies, State Representative Russell Holmes, Daniel Cruz, Sr. Vice President – Cruz Companies, State Senator Sonia Chang Diaz, Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Sheila Dillon, Director – Department of Neighborhood Development, Edgar Carrere, Sr. Real Estate Project Manager – Cruz Companies, Dennis Tourse, Principal –Tourse and Associates PC.)

From left: Colin Johannen, P.E. Project Manager- Tetra Tech, Micheal Washington, President MWA Architects, Justin Cruz, Director Cruz Companies, Matthew Birmingham, Construction Superintendent – Cruz Companies, John B. Cruz III, President – Cruz Companies, State Representative Russell Holmes, Daniel Cruz, Sr. Vice President – Cruz Companies, State Senator Sonia Chang Diaz, Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Sheila Dillon, Director – Department of Neighborhood Development, Edgar Carrere, Sr. Real Estate Project Manager – Cruz Companies, Dennis Tourse, Principal –Tourse and Associates PC.)

BOSTON – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Cruz Companies and Housing and Economic Development (HED) Secretary Jay Ash today broke ground on the final phase of The Residences at Harvard Commons, a new community of single-family homeowners consisting of a total of 54 homes that will serve families from a wide variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds.

“New housing in Dorchester strengthens the community while supporting local workers and families,” said Secretary Ash. “I am glad to see our MassWorks investments pay off for Dorchester residents, and I look forward to working with Cruz Companies and others to create good, affordable housing in Dorchester and the rest of the Commonwealth.”

The final phase of the project will bring the an additional 28, custom, market rate “for sale” homes to the subdivision, located at Senator Bolling Circle in Dorchester, to the already existing 26 units which are all under contract already. The project will also include a full-featured community center, gym, and child-care facility for the residents of Harvard Commons.

“We thank HED for its support in this project, which has allowed the complete transformation of this Dorchester neighborhood,” said John B. Cruz III, president of Cruz Companies, one of the oldest and largest, minority-owned businesses in the Northeast. “This beautiful subdivision will provide suburban-quality housing to the city, while also strengthening the neighborhood’s multicultural identity.”

“I am happy to go to bat for Cruz Companies because they provide quality housing in our community and hire local residents, minorities and women in an effort to provide economic opportunities for all,” said Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz.

Following the groundbreaking event, attendees participated in a tour of a beautiful Harvard Commons home, which was led by a proud existing homeowner.

“I want to thank Cruz Companies for their work to bring quality market rate home ownership opportunities to the area,” said Rep. Russell Holmes. “Harvard Commons proves that our communities can and should have a mix of options.”

The Residences at Harvard Commons lies on a portion of the former Boston State Hospital site, which has been vacant since its closure in 1979.

The total $25 million project will bring 54 beautiful, single-family homes to the neighborhood. This is in addition to the 45 units of affordable housing already created through the $20 million Harvard Commons Rental Cooperative project. The total development cost of the projects is $45 million.

In January 2015, HED awarded Cruz Development a MassWorks grant of $1.9 million to complete the infrastructure at Harvard Commons. This work included the installation of sewer, drainage and electrical utilities, as well as the construction of roadway, curbing and sidewalks.

In addition to HED, Cruz Companies worked closely with local leaders, residents and members of the Boston State Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee, to ensure the project provides for a mix of households from a wide variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Cruz Companies motto is “Cruz Cares” and its mission is giving back to the community through job, housing and investing in other minority businesses, Cruz is a modern firm that values old-fashioned quality and integrity. The John B. Cruz Construction Company is responsible for landmark projects and developments across the region; Cruz Development Corporation produces well-designed homes, maintaining the highest standards of workmanship, and Cruz Management Company provides quality residential housing management services.

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