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As Boston seeks to stimulate housing production on publicly-owned properties, a newly-completed project in Brighton could become a model for forming partnerships with private developers.

The J.J. Carroll House project replaced a former Boston Housing Authority-owned senior housing property with a 6-story, 142-unit complex including an on-site health care facility, and amenities such as fitness centers and a hair salon.

The nearly 180,000-square-foot complex is located next to Boston-based 2Life Communities’ existing 763-unit complex in the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood.

First envisioned in 2019, the $88.3 million project required multiple public subsidies from local, state and federal sources, which will be necessary to replicate in future projects, speakers at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday noted.

“Everyone was trying to keep that Jenga block tower together to make this possible, and what an impact it’s going to have,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu remarked.

The project received funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, Boston Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Community Preservation Fund, MassHousing, Wells Fargo Bank, Forman Capital, Mass Save and the George B. Henderson Foundation.

In January, Wu spotlighted the need to replace Boston’s aging public housing stock in the State of the City address, announcing a goal of creating 3,000 additional units in the next decade.

In 2019, 2Life Communities was selected by the Boston Housing Authority to replace the existing 64-unit complex at 130 Chestnut Hill Ave., demolishing the existing buildings and relocating residents during construction.

The new development includes 114 deeply affordable units under the federal Section 8 voucher program, and 27 affordable units reserved for households earning a maximum 60 percent of area median income.

Element Care operates a health care center within the building designed for 55-and-older low-income residents.

Designed by Mass Design Group, the project was built to Passive House standards, and is seeking certification as the largest multifamily building in Massachusetts using the high-efficiency building envelope technique.

New Brighton Project Demonstrates Housing Production Model

by Steve Adams time to read: 1 min