Two Affordable Housing Developments and Church Recommended for Community Preservation Act Funding

Two affordable housing developments and a local church were among 52 projects that were recommended to receive Community Preservation Act funding. Mayor Michelle Wu and the city's Community Preservation Committee's recommendations totaled more than $27 million in grants. The two affordable housing projects recommended to receive funding are:

Stonley-Brookley -- $1,975,000 to partially fund the creation of 45 mixed income-restricted homeownership units in a new development. Community Preservation funds will support the 32 affordable units ranging from 80% to 100% Area Median Income (AMI). 127 Amory St.

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St. Clare Sisters Want to Demolish, Sell Monastery for Developer to Build Townhouses

The Poor Sisters of St. Clare have filed an application to demolish their monastery at 920 Centre St., and then would sell the property to a developer to build townhouses. The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) received an application to demolish the monastery located next to the Arnold Arboretum by Murray Circle, and BLC staff has 10 calendar days to make a determination about historical, architectural, cultural, or urban design significance. If you have input about the significance of this property, please send your feedback to blc@boston.gov before 5 pm on March 10, 2022. The application states that the Poor Sisters want to demolish the property, and can do so under the freedom of religion provided to them by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Mayor Wu Commits $50M to Mildred Hailey Apartments, Signs Executive Order on Fair Housing

Mayor Michelle Wu announced a city commitment of $50 million in funding for capital improvements at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain on Jan. 20. THREAD: Today we joined advocates to sign an executive order reaffirming Boston’s commitment to fair housing & racial equity—and announce the City’s $50 million investment for capital improvements at the Mildred Hailey @BHA_Boston apartments. pic.twitter.com/4laB0LOdNw
— Mayor Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@MayorWu) January 20, 2022

“We plan to make affordable housing a top priority when it comes to putting federal recovery money to use," said Wu at a press conference at the Hailey Apartments. "That means preserving and improving affordable housing that already exists, as well as adding more affordable housing options for residents across the city.

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BPDA Approves Project of 29 Rental Units at 3409 Washington St.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved a new development of 29 rental units at 3409 Washington St. The BPDA's board approved the project that will replace a surface parking lot used for storing towed cars during its monthly meeting on Thursday. The project is a four-story apartment building with 29 rental units and six of those would be income-restricted. The building would have rooftop solar panels, a dedicated bike room, ground floor parking for seven cars, and the ground floor will be a dedicated community space. The approved plan includes 14 studio units, eight one-bedroom units, and seven two-bedroom units, according to documents filed with the BPDA.

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Amory Street Developer Changing # of Units from 140 to 96, Making All Affordable Housing

A developer wants to reduce the number of units already approved for a project at 127 Amory St., and make all units affordable. The Community Builders filed a project change notice with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) regarding the project at 127 Amory Street, which is the third phase of a four phase project under construction at 125 Amory St. The original plan was for 140 newly constructed units with 105 to be rented at market rate. The other 35 were going to be rented at 70% or less AMI (area median income). The majority of the units were going to be studios or one-bedroom apartments, with 25% of the units containing two or more bedrooms. The approved plan was to include 58 subsurface parking spots and 14 outdoor parking spots.

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