Source: Yawu Miller Bay State Banner
While the steel and glass luxury apartment towers going up downtown have come to typify Boston’s building boom, the city has greenlighted several smaller projects in and around Roxbury that show a different side to the city’s expanding housing market.
The projects promise to bring a mixture of market-rate and affordable housing units to the Roxbury area, as well as ground-level retail space that could contribute to the revitalization of long-vacant commercial areas.
Warren Street development
At 280-290 Warren Street, opposite the Washington Park Mall, the Cruz Development Corporation got the nod from the Department of Neighborhood Development to build a four-story mixed-use building with ground-level retail and office space and 51 rental units on the upper three floors. Five units would be available to renters earning less than 30 percent of the area median income and 31 units for renters earning less than 60 percent of the AMI. The remaining 15 would be market rate.
Principal John B. Cruz says the firm will move the offices of its development entity, currently located in John Eliot Square, and its management entity, housed on Massachusetts Avenue, to the new building.
Cruz said he hopes to lease space to a restaurant or café as well.
“I can’t wait for the second phase of the project to be completed so I can sit at the corner of Warren and Waverly streets at a café on a nice day sipping a glass of wine or a cappuccino,” he said. “We’re going to bring amenities we haven’t had for years back to that section of Roxbury.”
Housing in Dudley
Also approved is the Waldwin Group’s proposal for a four-story building with two ground-floor retail spaces at the Archer Bonell site on Washington Street in Dudley Square. Waldwin Group CEO Clayton Turnbull, who owns a number of Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, has proposed siting one of the doughnut shops in one of the retail spaces on the parcel. The upper floors will house 12 market-rate apartments: three one-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. Read more HERE
There have been mixed reactions to development plans in Roxbury and Egelston Sq.area
Because of the the work of BEJI and it's many partners, economic inequality in Boston is, at long last, commanding attention from Boston policymakers, Black residents of Boston, the media, and everyday citizens. The truth is, there is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone in Boston. We will be fighting for you to make sure that Roxbury reinvestment and construction opporunitites don't ignore us.
We are happy to announce that BEJI has officially received it's nonprofit 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. BEJI is now a nonprofit organization registered with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Contributions to support our mission are now 100% tax deductible. Thank You Leon Nathniel Rock also known as the Community Development Guru for your work in making it happen!
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We Did it! BEJI in partnership with a coalition of residents from historically African American communities of greater Roxbury and Dorchester along with the Roxbury/Dorchester Campaign for Good Jobs convinced the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee to vote to adopt a plan that would require developers building on publicly-owned land in Roxbury to commit to living-wage standards for construction workers and for permanent jobs created by new construction projects. Read More HERE
Casinos are big business in America. Now Casinos are big business in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has already awarded resort casino licenses in the state's western and eastern regions: an $800 million MGM project in Springfield expected to open in late 2017 and a $1.7 billion Wynn Resorts project in Everett scheduled to open in 2018. Now the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, meanwhile, is hoping the federal government designates land in Taunton as part of its tribal reservation so that it, too, can build a resort casino. There is more... the owners of Rhode Island's Newport Grand are contemplating moving the slot parlor closer to the Massachusetts state line. (Twin River Casino, the slot parlor's owners, is already located near the state line in Lincoln, Rhode Island.) BEJI will keep you informed as we fight for job and contracting opportunities in this industry. Read More HERE
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According to a recent article in The New York Times, Boston ranked third highest on the list of cities with growing income inequality, behind San Francisco and New York.
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