Rarely throughout the year do we pause to mark important milestones in our work, so we look forward to this time of year when we can slow down a bit to reflect on the year and look ahead. We’ve been fortunate in 2017 to lead and participate in some amazing, award winning projects and lay the groundwork for what we hope will be a productive 2018 and beyond. As we say and feel more and more every year, we are so appreciative of the many partners that we work with that make our work, and the important results it produces, possible.
- Residences at Fairmount Station, a 27 unit affordable and workforce housing project across the street from the Fairmount commuter rail station in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood broke ground. The foundations and utilities are in, steel is up, and the project is due to be completed in the fall of 2018, providing the first affordable housing for Hyde Park in more than two decades.
- Following our smart growth development strategy, we purchased 24 Gould Street in Reading and obtained permits this past fall. Less than 200 yards from the Reading commuter rail and located in Reading’s downtown commercial district, the project will provide 3,500 square feet of retail, 55 residential units, and amenities.
- Also next to transit, this winter and into 2018, we are advancing the permitting for a site next to Dorchester’s Shawmut Red Line stop. We’re working with neighborhood groups to realize a mixed-income homeownership project that will replace a generations old auto body shop.
- Mosaic, a project we completed in 2016 won the Urban Land Institute’s Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Award this year. We also sold the last (and 43rd) affordable unit condominium in 2017.
- We completed the moderate rehabilitation of 81 affordable apartments across 17 buildings in Mission Hill in 2017. Not only were the century old buildings restored to historic standards, but the front and rear yards were completely reimagined to provide for private and public gathering spaces for residents and a restored streetscape.
- Our partnerships with like-minded clients committed to affordable housing, smart growth, and community development remains a key aspect of our work and mission. In 2017 we expanded relationships and built new ones with organizations such as the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, Southwest Boston CDC, Youth Enrichment Services, United South End Settlements, and the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton working on transformative real estate projects across the Commonwealth.