The Boston Housing Authority has won a $20 million grant to tear down the Washington-Beech project and turn it into a mixed-income townhouse neighborhood.
Under the grant, the BHA will replace the existing 266-unit series of apartment buildings with townhouses: 139 public-housing units and 126 affordable rental units. The redevelopment plan also includes money for 71 affordable homes for purchase. The BHA will pay for relocation of residents to other projects or Section 8 rental units during construction.
The grant is good news for nearby residents, who have watched the project become a center of gang-related violent and gun crime in recent months. Police blame this on an influx of new residents from Dorchester's Franklin Hill project, itself a violence-ridden complex that is nearing the end of its own reconstruction.