Mayor Kim Janey, MP Ayanna Pressley, Affordable Housing Preservation and Nuestra Comunidad and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development Announce New Affordable Housing in Nubian Square

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Mayor Kim Janey announced the inauguration of new affordable housing units to be built on the former MBTA Bartlett station, Lot D, in Nubian Square. United States Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Department of Neighborhood Development, Nuestra Comunidad, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and their partners celebrated the initiative with a groundbreaking Tuesday. The $ 27 million project, which will be called The Kenzi at Bartlett Station, will create 50 units of supportive and affordable housing for seniors and is part of the five-phase redevelopment of the former bus station which now belongs to at Nuestra Comunidad and Windale Developers. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony builds on the City of Boston’s commitment to creating more affordable housing, especially for older residents.

“I am delighted that the next stage in the development of Bartlett Station has begun. These new affordable rental apartments for older Bostonians will provide much needed housing in Roxbury, ”said Mayor Kim Janey. “This project will build on the broader inclusive development that is transforming the place of Nubia. I would like to thank Nuestra, POAH, MassHousing and all of our partners for helping to realize our vision of turning a contaminated wasteland into new housing and a shopping center for this community. The City of Boston continues to be committed to creating and preserving affordable housing that provides older residents with a safe place to call home.

“While we are in the midst of this debate about what infrastructure is, I again assert that housing is infrastructure and in the context of a national calculation on racial injustice, housing is a It’s about racial justice, it’s about economic justice, and it’s about climate justice, “said MP Ayanna Pressley.” Housing is a basic human right, and it applies to every member of our community , especially our elderly.Everyone deserves more than a shelter, they deserve a home, and that is what they will get here at Kenzi.

The Kenzi at Bartlett Station will create 50 housing units for older Bostonians with 41 affordable one-bedroom units, 3 affordable two-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units at market prices. All residents of the new 57,576 square foot building will have 24/7 access to on-site concierge services and a resident services coordinator. Additional wellness services will be available once construction is complete. The new housing development will create 44 new affordable units reserved for Bostonians over 55 who earn at least 80% of the area’s median income (MAI), or $ 77,350 for a two-person household. The affordable housing development also includes five housing units for former homeless people.

“The Bartlett Station Kenzie will help seniors age in the community by providing them with access to services through a unique partnership with Boston Medical Center,” said Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing. “We are also proud that the development will achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency while providing important procurement opportunities for local minority and women owned businesses. “

“Our older neighbors in Roxbury told us they needed affordable and comfortable housing in which to age, stay healthy and enjoy their community without fear of being displaced,” said David Price, Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation. “A key to success in helping Roxbury seniors is the partnerships created for this project, starting with POAH and Nuestra, as well as the neighborhood leaders and organizations that helped guide this visionary senior housing project. older and other developments at Bartlett Station. ”

Construction of these new homes at The Kenzi at Bartlett Station also aligns with the City of Boston’s housing goals to produce more affordable housing for older Bostonians, as outlined in Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030. The The city’s housing plan has set a target of creating 2,000 low-income senior housing units by 2030. Over the past five years, 552 new senior housing units have been completed or are currently under construction in the city. from Boston. Of these, 515 or 93% of these units are limited income units for people aged 55 and over, of which 494 were created for low income people earning at least $ 56,400 or 60% of the income. AMI, and 21 were created for low-income people with income limits equal to or less than $ 67,700 or AMI at 80%. Recently, Hearth at Four Corners created 54 new supportive and affordable housing units for seniors in Dorchester and the Barton Rogers School in Hyde Park is under construction. The City of Boston has nine other housing developments for older residents in the pipeline that will create an additional 365 limited income units.

“The final phase of Bartlett Station is a major part of the revitalization of the Nubian Square neighborhood,” said Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of MassHousing. “This is a transformational company for Roxbury that will bring new housing and economic opportunities to the neighborhood, and we are thrilled to be part of the development and fundraising team. ”

The Nubian Square site is being redeveloped by Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation and Windale Developers, Inc. and will eventually create approximately 383 new homes for working families, including 166 homes to buy, 217 rental apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space. The development project is expected to generate around 100 retail jobs and 900 construction jobs, with 60 percent of the jobs going to workers of color.

The Kenzi at Bartlett Station will use eco-friendly design features that meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED Homes Silver certification standard. The development also meets the Energy Star standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The development of the Kenzie at Bartlett Station was made possible in part by funding $ 15 million in state and federal housing tax credits from the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), $ 4 million dollars from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, $ 1.5 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $ 1.75 million in Community Preservation Act funding, $ 750,000 from the Neighborhood Housing Trust, $ 700,000 from investment from Preservation of Affordable Housing and $ 500,000 from Boston Medical Center.

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From left to right, Jacquelyn Anderson, resident of Nuestra, Executive Director of MassHousing Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of Nuestra David Price, General Manager of POAH Rodger Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors of POAH Georgia Murray, Representative of State Chyna Tyler, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Housing Development for the City of Boston Jessica Boatright.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT (MDN)

The Department of Neighborhood Development is responsible for housing homeless people, developing affordable housing, and ensuring tenants and landlords can find, maintain and stay in their homes. As part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus, the Office of Housing Stability administers Boston’s Rental Relief Fund, which has distributed more than $ 20 million to more than 4,000 households and is also holding tenant rights workshops for inform residents about the moratorium on evictions and their rights. . The Boston Home Center continues to provide down payment assistance to first-time homebuyers and home repairs to seniors and low-income residents. The Supportive Housing Division works with various partners across the city to quickly accommodate people experiencing homelessness. For more information, please visit the DND website.

ABOUT THE NUESTRA COMUNIDAD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Nuestra Comunidad has worked in the community of Roxbury and surrounding areas of Boston since 1981. One of Boston’s oldest and most successful community development organizations, Nuestra CDC has developed 800 affordable rental units and built and sold 200 affordable units. . The Home Center in Nuestra has trained over 3,000 people on homeownership and helped over 500 families buy their first homes. With roots originally in the Latino community of Roxbury, Nuestra CDC has helped lead the ongoing revitalization of the Nubian Square business district and Roxbury’s Blue Hill Avenue Corridor. Nuestra Comunidad is an approved member of the NeighborWorks America network.

ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION (POAH)

POAH is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, create and maintain affordable and healthy housing that supports economic security, racial equity and access to opportunity for all. POAH owns and operates over 12,000 affordable rental housing units in 11 states and the District of Columbia, including 5 housing communities in Boston: Kenmore Abbey (Kenmore Square), Franklin Square House (South End), Blackstone Apartments (West End) , Flat Nine in Whittier, a mixed-income rental and homeownership community on the site of the former public housing of Whittier Street and The Loop in Mattapan Station, a mixed-income housing community focused on public transport under construction at Mattapan Square which is also a collaboration between POAH and Nuestra Comunidad. POAH celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


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