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Participating Developers – 2013

Listed below are the participating developers for the 2013 competition.

The Community Builders, Inc.

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: The River Parcel at 1256-1266 Soldier's Field Road and 355 Western Ave, Boston, Mass.

Description: Project is slated to be phase three of the ongoing Charlesview redevelopment. The parcel is zoned for 80 homeownership units across Western Avenue from the New Charlesview. Development is scheduled for 2014, following the 2013 completion of the 240-rental-unit mixed-use first phase and the 20-unit homeownership second phase. Students will have access to the Charlesview community and may be given a tour of the adjacent construction of phases one and two. The Boston Redevelopment Authority also expects the development to activate Telford Street, which it envisions will connect the Charles River and North Brighton.

Status: The Community Builders has site control. The project is zoned under an Article 80 process from the BRA and is expected to be under development in 2014.

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: The Coppersmith site is a 57,655 square-foot parcel bounded by Border Street, Decatur Street, Liverpool Street, and Coppersmith Way. The site comprises almost an entire city block.

Description: The site is adjacent to existing residential and commercial uses, and is a five-minute walk from the Maverick T Station. Boston Harbor is across Border Street from the site, providing views over the water to Boston. The site was historically home to a copper smithing operation and more recently a steel manufacturer. There is one large metal manufacturing building, a concrete office building, a small concrete outbuilding, and open yards. Steel operations shut down several years ago, and the buildings are currently vacant. The site is a great location for residential housing: it's easily walkable to public transportation, shops, restaurants, the new East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and waterfront parks.

Status: NOAH is currently executing a Purchase and Sale agreement with the owner and has engaged the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development to provide an environmental assessment. There is lead contamination on one portion of the site. The developer anticipates that some brownfields remediation will be part of the project.

Somerville Community Corporation

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: 33 Cross Street, East Somerville, Mass.

Description: Reuse of an historic 90,000-square-foot public school that was constructed in the 1920s. The school is within walking distance of the Sullivan T Station and a future Green Line stop. Affordable housing would be a major part of the redevelopment of the building, funded via Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and other usual sources. However, given the building's size, it might be able to accommodate other potential uses, such as nonprofit office space, artist work/live space, and retail. Inter-generational affordable housing might also work since one of the challenges with the site is limited parking and senior housing would have a lower parking requirement.

Status: The site is currently owned by the City of Somerville and is in use. With the completion of a new school nearby, the building will be vacant as of the summer of 2013 and the City will probably go through a dispossession process to sell it.

South Boston NDC

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: City-owned lot in South Boston, Mass.

Description: New construction of affordable studio apartments or innovation units on a city-owned lot in the neighborhood business district in South Boston. This project is in the conceptual stage.

Status: Site is owned by the City of Boston. DND would like to begin disposition of this lot.

Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc.

Organization Type: Nonprofit

Potential Site: Portions of a campus owned by a religious order in Brockton, Mass.

Description: Site includes a large convent building, a smaller accessory building, and vacant land in Brockton, Mass. The site is located in Gateway city. The owners of the site are interested in re-using the property for a unique combination of program uses, including housing for veterans, homeless families, and seniors. The first two program components, veteran's housing and housing for homeless families, are among the Commonwealth's highest priorities for funding.

There are opportunities to engage with the city and various local groups (including service providers), and to link this initiative with New Lease, a new nonprofit devoted to moving homeless families out of hotels.

Status: Owned by the religious order that has approached POUA to redevelop the property on their behalf. The project is in the initial conceptual stage.


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