$34M city investment to bring 600 new units to Boston

by Liz Hughes

Boston is moving forward with plans to create and preserve 841 income-restricted housing units in nine areas throughout the city, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced last week

That means more than $34 million in new and recommended funding from the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Neighborhood Housing Trust and the Community Preservation Fund to create and fund units in Allston, Back Bay, Dorchester, Fenway, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury and the South End. 

The funding will allow for the creation of 608 new income-restricted housing units and the preservation of 233 existing income-restricted units. According to the release, the new units are a combination of homeownership and rental opportunities and include housing developments with units set aside for formerly homeless households, adults in substance use recovery and seniors.

It’s the city’s most recent commitment to establish affordable housing. Last November, the city of Boston purchased the Morton Village Apartments, a 207-unit apartment building in Mattapan in an effort to keep the units affordable for low- and moderate-income residents.

“I am proud the city of Boston is investing in preserving and creating affordable homes to increase the availability of housing for our residents,” said Walsh in a statement. “Everyone deserves a place to call home, and this funding will go a long way towards making that reality for so many people. I want to thank the Neighborhood Housing Trust and the Community Preservation Committee, for making this funding available and supporting these important housing opportunities. Working together with our partners, I am proud that we are building a better Boston.”

Proposals receiving funding, as well as recommended projects include: 


  • $2 million to assist the Allston Brighton Community Development Corp.’s acquisition of 6 Quint Ave. — an existing single-room occupancy building that will be renovated and converted into 15 units, 14 of which will be permanently affordable supportive housing units for extremely low-income individuals in recovery. 
  • $1 million to assist the Allston Brighton Community Development Corp.’s preservation and renovation of 33 units at Carol Avenue Apartments. 

Back Bay

  • $3 million to acquire and renovate 140 Clarendon St. to create 210 permanently affordable units including 111 permanent supportive housing units for homeless residents with services from Pine Street Inn, as well as continued commercial space for the YWCA and Lyric Stage. 


  • $3.75 million for Heading Home’s development of 37 Wales St., replacing an existing structurally unsound building with 23 new units of permanent supportive housing for homeless families.
  • $964,300 to help Urbanica, Inc.’s transformation of a vacant city-owned parcel at 405 Washington St. into 13 sustainable new deed-restricted affordable homeownership opportunities.
  • $1.07 million for the Norwell Townhouses at 239-245 Norwell St., creating eight new affordable units in four two-family ownership townhouses with rental units. 
  • $1.37 million to create 15 new affordable homeownership units on formerly vacant city-owned land at 120-122 Hancock St.


  • $2.8 million for the Fenway CDC’s development of Burbank Terrace, creating 27 units of affordable housing. 

Hyde Park

  • $2 million to the former Barton Rogers School for the adaptive reuse of a historic schoolhouse in the center of Hyde Park to create 75 income-restricted senior housing units.  

Jamaica Plain

  • $2.4 million for Jamaica Plain NDC and New Atlantic Development’s new affordable senior housing development located at 3371 Washington St., a 39-unit building that will also preserve the ground-floor restaurant currently located on the site.
  • $6 million to The Community Builders for the redevelopment of Mildred Hailey Apartments Phase 1A and 1B.


  • $3.25 million to Lena New Boston for the Olmsted Ownership II development on West Main Street marking the completion of the final phase of the comprehensive redevelopment of the Boston State Hospital Site after nearly two decades creating 80 new homeownership units at multiple income levels.


  • $1.2 million  for New Urban Collaborative’s Marcella Highland 12 unit development at 95-123 Marcella St., creating 12 new energy-efficient units on formerly vacant city-owned land.
  • $2.28 million to Cruz Development to turn 135 Dudley St. into a 52-unit multi-family, mixed-income rental development on a gateway corner in Nubian Square.  

South End

  • $1.12 million to MPZ Development, LLC to fund the renovation of 34 East Springfield St., a vacant BHA-owned rowhouse, for the creation of five new rental units, four of which will be affordable.

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