Developer proposes complete re-do of Orient Heights housing project
Trinity Orient Heights Limited Partnership has filed a letter of intent with the BRA to replace the 331-unit Orient Heights project on Vallar Road with 331 new low-income units and 42 market-rate apartments.
Trinity is proposing to build a series of buildings, from two-story townhouses to five-story apartment buildings, to replace the current 1940s-era project, which consists of two- and three-story buildings, a community center and an unused boiler plant.
The company, which hopes to begin work this fall, says it will file more detailed plans within the next two months.
Orient Heights letter of intent (175k PDF).
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go for it eastie; lotsa upside with this.
If this goes through, I wonder...
Where the current low-income tenants will live while everything is being rebuilt.
They will be offered a
They will be offered a Section 8, or an apartment in another development, with the promise they can return when its rebuilt. How true that is, remains to be seen, since it was not the case in South Boston in Old Colony. How could it be, when the amount of units rebuilt were less than what was torn down? The assumption is that some will choose to stay wherever they have moved and won't wont to come back.
331 rental units to be demolished; 331 rental units to be displaced; residents in good standing to have first right to return. possibility of 40+ additional "market rate units" TBD. usually in these redevelopments about 50% of residents return: some like where they have moved and kids get settled in new schools, etc. etc. This is a challenging site given its topography.
What about Old Colony?
Maybe its different sources of funding, but wasn't the same promised for Old Colony in South Boston? New name being "The Homes at Old Colony".
Half the old place is still standing next to the new ones, with no more demolition in sight. Not all low income units that were torn down were replaced, as is often promised when these grand plans are introduced and sold.
Phase 1, there were 164 units torn down and replaced with 116 new units.
Phase 2, there were 223 torn down and replaced with 169 new units.
There are still over 400 units from the old Old Colony sitting right next to the new ones, almost as if the project has been forgotten?
Trinity Finical has done some
Trinity Finical has done some great work throughout the city, from Ashmont to Dudley Sq. Its nice to a local group in the Private sector figure out how to redo an existing housing project that enable its residents to live in clean, bright and safe housing. They have also created new affordable housing in an interesting hybrid approach, often mixing a higher number of affordable rental units with a lower number of market rate condos.