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Affordable apartment building opens in West Roxbury

B’nai B’rith Housing, joined by city and state officials, today officially opened its 1208 Parkway complex of 60 income-restricted apartments off Baker Street in West Roxbury - with its entrance on VFW Parkway.

Some 45 of the apartments will be rented to people making no more than 60% of the Boston area median income - and some will be dedicated to people transitioning out of homelessness - with the other 15 rented to people making no more than 90% of that level.

Officials say it's the first large-scale set of affordable apartments built since 2013 in West Roxbury, where currently 10% of all housing is income restricted, compared to 19% citywide - and where 38% of total housing units are apartments, compared to 65% across the city.

The project started off as a developer's plans for a 60-unit for-profit condo complex, but he sold his building rights in 2019 to B'Nai B'rith Housing - which used financing and tax credits from city, state and federal programs to help build the new apartments.

Photos from the ribbon cutting by Mayor Wu's office.

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This is a RESIDENTIAL neighborhood of SINGLE FAMILY houses. This building is TOO BIG and will cast shadows and create traffic jams and there is [TOO MUCH/NOT ENOUGH] parking. The color of the siding does not fit the character of the neighborhood. It is too tall, there are not enough windows, it is ugly, it isn't a red brick South End rowhouse, why don't they employ architects anymore? It's too far from transit. No one takes the T anyway, everyone will have a car. The apartments are not all for super-low income people. There are too many/too few family-sized apartments. The renderings don't have any trees. This is not resilient enough to climate change. This is not going to instantaneously solve Mass and Cass. Won't someone please think of the children?

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The recent uptick of shit stirring on the uhub forums (from both self righteous cynics and pre-emptive ironists of all ideologies) is boring and played out af.

Too bad you couldnt wait even one tick after a positive news story about the local housing situation before taking a dump in the punch bowl. I’m assuming you actually think you support more affordable housing in Boston but you decided to start the conversation about it with a nasty, dark jibe.

Political coprophilia is a noxious kink.

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(I think the comment you’re replying to was intended as satire of the very thing you’re bemoaning.)

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It's a preemptive effort to stiffle any discussion of the topic by presenting the most of the common concerns in a ridiculous manner, i.e. crapping in the punch as it was called. Generally, that's not so much called satire as it is called a Poe or Strawmanning.

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What do you suppose "pre-emptive ironists" refers to?

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Until I saw the username ;) Honestly the building is a tiny bit ugly but that stretch of Baker street was already ugly so nothing of value was lost.

I'm sure there's people freaking out but it'll shortly be forgotten about, just like how everyone forgets there's a literal public housing complex on Temple Street not too far from here. Because it's just normal people living there.

It'd be nice if a couple of the unit could be set aside for veterans, considering then they'd have easy access to the hospital there for wraparound/additional services.

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B'Nai B'rith does such wonderful work. They are not building Science Labs for higher square footage leases in place of much needed housing in Boston.

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Wu continues to deliver for Boston residents. Bravo!

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Yes, the mayor supports affordable housing, but the key thing with this project was B'nai B'rith taking it over two years before Wu became mayor.

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Given the number of people who are quick to blame Mayor Wu for everything that goes wrong that started years before she became mayor, she might as well also get occasional credit for things that started before her.

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