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Somerville Proposal Wins Housing Competition
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The adaptive reuse of the historic Edgerly Education Center in Somerville, Massachusetts was the winner of the 13th annual Affordable Housing Development Competition.

The Edgerly team received the first place award in the 2013 competition.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA on April 30.

Proposed by a student team from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with the nonprofit Somerville Community Corporation, The Edgerly provides 42 affordable apartments and community space at a long-time neighborhood education site.

Receiving the second place award was The Corsa, an infill development on a 4,000 square-foot, city-owned parcel on West Broadway in South Boston. Proposed by a student team from Harvard University, Boston University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with the nonprofit South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, The Corsa provides 24 micro rental units for households making less than 80 percent of Boston's area median income.

Architectural rendering of the Edgerly proposal.

Winning third place was LA355, a proposal to build mixed-income, mixed-tenure housing and commercial space on a site in Brighton, Massachusetts. The project would be developed on a site where neighborhood communities and Harvard University intersect. LA355 was developed by a student team from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with the nonprofit The Community Builders.

Sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; Kevin P. Martin & Associates, P.C.; Boston Society of Architects/AIA; ICON architecture, inc.; and Citizens' Housing and Planning Association, the competition pairs teams of talented graduate students with affordable-housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals addressing the needs of these organizations.

 
 
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