Replacement housing complex on East Boston waterfront approved; proposed buildings will be raised because of this past winter's flooding

Architect's rendering of 125 Sumner St.

Architect's rendering.

The Board of Appeals yesterday approved a developer's plans to replace a 20-unit Section 8 complex on Sumner Street with 52 apartments and condos that will let the current tenants move back in once construction is finished.

Among the approvals Winn Development needed was to exceed the lot's height maximum by a few inches. The original plans, approved by the BPDA last year, showed the two three-story buildings under the maximum allowed height, but Winn revised the plans in recent months to raise the first-floor height by three feet because of the flooding in East Boston during the winter nor'easters, Christopher Fleming, senior project director at Winn, told the board.

Winn submitted the winning bid to the Boston Housing Authority to raze the 20 apartments on the one-acre site - for which the authority has no money for repairs. In their place, Winn will build one building with 22 affordable apartments - into which current tenants can move - and a second building with 30 condos, 14 of which will be sold as affordable. The apartment building will also have ground-floor retail space as well as a 1,000-square foot community room and a patio that will look out at the water.

The two buildings will surround a 9-space shared parking lot and walkways. Fleming said the lot will also create a new view from Havre Street to the waterfront; currently, the existing building blocks any view from the street towards the water.

The mayor's office and City Councilor Lydia Edwards supported the proposal. Nobody spoke against.

125 Sumner St. project-notification form - has more details on the proposal (14.6M PDF).

125 Sumner St. rendering



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I think "raised" means the exact opposite of "razed"


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In fact, one of the criteria they had to meet was to NOT use a particular type of credit for building low-income housing.

BHA has been doing this sort of deal in recent years to rebuild housing projects: Developers get control of the acreage in exchange for at least replicating the same number of subsidized units.


We're all still

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Payment for the monthly vouchers. But nice try.....



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Or are you one of those who think poor people should just be stuffed in a mine shaft somewhere?

The 20 subsidized units get rebuilt at no cost to the taxpayer and the developer gets to put in even more units to meet the pent up demand in Boston and still make money.



Your salary could be reduced to raise the pay of the people who serve food and clean offices and the like so that they can live elsewhere, dear.


What an interesting and

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What an interesting and unique architectural design that I have never seen the likes of in Boston before!


Win win

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This is such a good deal for everyone. And it even looks good to boot!

The same was saiid about

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the Old Colony and D Street projects in South Boston. Once the renovations were complete the displaced tenants can move back. Do you know how many were moved back?

It's so short!

Why is it so short? 3 stories, but surrounded by 6 story residential buildings, so it's not even that taller would be "out of context".