Image courtesy of Hyde Square Task Force

Developers will receive $67 million to build and preserve 802 units of income-restricted housing in Boston, including the conversion of a vacant Jamaica Plain church into affordable apartments.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the funding for 17 properties including Pennrose’s redevelopment of the former Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain.

In December, Pennrose received BPDA approval for the church conversion into 55 affordable housing units and performance space. In 2021, the nonprofit Hyde Square Task Force selected Pennrose’s proposal for the redevelopment of the church building at 361 Center St.

The project is one of 17 that will receive city funding from the mayor’s Office of Housing, Community Preservation Fund and Neighborhood Housing Trust this year, Wu announced.

The selected projects met the administration’s goals for sustainability, including use of electricity and solar arrays in new construction. Project teams with minority representation in leadership and subcontracting also received preference.

Other projects that will receive funding include:

  • 1.5 million for the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corp.’s renovation and green energy retrofit of 50 units at the Brian Honan Apartments, and a 30-year extension of affordability restrictions;
  • $11.8 million for the Asian Community Development Corp.’s redevelopment of parcel R-1 in Chinatown for 44 affordable condominiums and a new Boston Public Library branch;
  • $3.9 million for Dorchester Bay EDC and Preservation of Affordable Housing’s renovations of the Dorchester Savings Bank property in Uphams Corner for 48 affordable apartments, including artist live-work space;
  • $5 million for DVM Consulting to develop 12 apartments and 18 condos on five city-owned parcels on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester and Mattapan;
  • $5.2 million for phase two of the Mildred Hailey Housing redevelopment by Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. including 23 public housing units and 42 income-restricted units;
  • $4 million for Urban Edge Community Development Corp.’s portion of the Mildred Hailey project to create 60 income-restricted apartments;
  • $6 million for 2Life Development Inc.’s construction of Brooke House at Olmsted Village, a 125-unit building at the former Mattapan State Hospital campus including senior supportive housing and child care center;
  • $6 million for Roxbury Tenants of Harvard’s 775 Huntington, a new development including 57 apartments and 24 condominiums in Mission Hill;
  • $6.1 million for 84-88 Warren St., including 43 mixed-income apartments and 22 affordable condos by Madison Park Community Development Corp. and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts;
  • $1.9 million for Copeland Corner, a 12-unit mixed-income development in Roxbury by Nuestra Comunidad Development Corp.;
  • $4.5 million for the third parcel of the parcel 10 project at 2085 Washington St. in Nubian Square, where Trinity Financial and Madison Park Community Development Corp. will develop 32 income-restricted condos;
  • $5.1 million for redevelopment of McDevitt Hall into 36 units of affordable senior housing by South Boston Neighborhood Development Corp.

The funding includes $32.5 million from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and $13.9 million in linkage payments. The Boston Planning and Development Agency board of directors is scheduled to vote today on Wu’s proposed increase in the linkage fee, taking place over two years beginning Jan. 1.

Developers Get $67M for Housing Projects in Boston

by Steve Adams time to read: 2 min