BEJI HOLDS BOARD PLANNING RETREAT
As reported by bizjournals.com the Boston Redvelopment Authority has made decisions about the development on what BEJI considers, "Historically Black Land". Read the article below on how the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday evening approved eight major development projects, totaling $174.25 million in investment, spanning 528,735 square feet and including 570 new units of housing.
Here’s a breakdown of the projects:
Melnea Cass Boulevard hotel and residential:
Melnea Partners LLC has been approved to build a 108-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and 50-unit apartment building on Parcel 9, which located at the intersection of Washington Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury. The hotel will pay workers $18 per hour. Construction is expected to start on the hotel and residences by year-end and wrap up by mid-2017.
Boston Children’s Hospital pedestrian connector: Boston Children’s Hospital received approval to build a 3,250-square-foot pedestrian connector linking the patient and family parking garage with the hospital’s main building to create a safe passage for patients, staff and visitors. The steel and glass bridge was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects to be visually unobtrusive to passerby on Longwood Ave.
Whittier Street public housing redevelopment:
A partnership between the Boston Housing Authority, Preservation of Affordable Housing andMadison Park Development Corp. has received approval to redevelop Whittier Street public housing, one of the city’s oldest and most distressed public housing developments. The project, called Whittier Choice, will create 387 mixed-income rental units, public space, a recreation area and commercial space.
The development is located between Dudley Square and the Ruggles MBTA Orange Line station.
Madison Park infill: Madison Park Development Corp. plans to build 76 housing units along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Lower Roxbury. The project will be located on infill sites near the Madison Park Village, a housing development built by the Madison Park Development Corp. in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Center Plaza facelift: Shorenstein Co.’s $25 million plan to revitalize Center Plaza, a three-building concrete office and commercial complex that arcs around Suffolk Superior Court and overlooks Government Center, was approved. The renovation plan was designed by CBT Architects and includes new lobbies and passageways, a 21,000-square-foot penthouse addition that will create new office space and a rooftop garden, a 9,400-square-foot gound-floor addition and lighting improvements.
Photos Courtsey of the Bay State Banner
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BEJI Awards Banquet and Fundraiser
BEJI joins Action Casino Network, a coalition of groups representing communities of color rallied in front of State House on March 29th in pursuit of greater access to the 8,000 jobs expected to come with the $1.7 billion resort casino planned for Everett.
"It would mean a lot to our families, particularly to people of color, to have access to the construction and permanent jobs at the casino," said Antonio Amaya, director of La Communidad Inc. in Everett. "We want the state, the Gaming Commission, and Wynn Resorts to work with us to remove any and all obstacles so our community members will have access to good, unionized jobs."
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh appeared on Boston Praise Radio which included a lively discussion hosted by BEJI co-founder and radio show host, Minister Priscilla Flint Banks. The Mayor has agreed to come back on a regular basis to discuss issues important to Boston's black community.
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