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By adamg - 6/14/21 - 3:18 pm
Rendering of new McCormack development

Rendering by CBT.

WinnCompanies today told the BPDA it will shortly file plans to begin turning the Mary Ellen McCormack development - the state's first public-housing project, opened some 83 years ago - into a mixed-income complex that will include all new homes for current BHA tenants and market-rate units. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 10:57 pm
Proposed view of new complex from Lamartine Street

The view from the new Lamartine Street. Rendering by Stantec and Dream Collaborative.

The BPDA board today approved plans by developers to raze several buildings at the sprawling Mildred Hailey Apartments complex in Jamaica Plain and replace their current 253 Section 8 apartments with all new units - and add 420 additional income-restricted apartments and an all new street grid, green space and pathways intended to stitch the complex into the neighboring community, rather than walling it off. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 9:12 am

Windows are getting boarded up on the first buildings set for demolition, the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 10:06 am

The Boston Housing Authority announced this morning it's suspending "non-essential" evictions though the end of the year due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 8:43 am

WBUR reports the death of longtime Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle, 67. Read more.

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By adamg - 10/8/19 - 9:00 am

WBUR takes a look at how the BHA is rebuilding large public-housing developments in Boston by contracting private developers to do the work in exchange for letting them build market-rate units on BHA land.

By adamg - 9/27/18 - 12:38 pm

CommonWealth ponders the case of the two Boston Housing Authority employees responsible for a letter to some of its residents about a program that lets them move out of town, a letter that included possible reasons for why they might want to move - crime and bad schools.

The flier may not have conveyed the message the city wants to send. But that’s not the same as saying it said anything that wasn’t true.

By adamg - 8/10/17 - 12:50 pm
Proposed new building at 125 Amory Street

Developers have filed a proposal to add 363 apartments - roughly 40% of them deemed affordable - in three new buildings as they work to renovate the BHA's current senior housing project at 125 Amory St. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/17 - 9:27 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to find a private developer willing to replace some of the buildings at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in exchange for being allowed to build market-rate housing on vacant parts of the complex.

The BHA has increasingly used this model to renovate its projects in the face of declining federal funds for the work, most notably at Bunker Hill in Charlestown.

By adamg - 12/12/16 - 12:20 pm
Architect's rendering of new Whittier Street development

Architect's rendering of possible new Whittier Street project.

City and federal housing officials gathered at the Whittier Street development today to announce a $30-million grant to help replace the aging buildings - and spur development of the surrounding neighborhood while keeping it from becoming another yuppie enclave. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/16 - 11:21 am

The Charlestown Bridge reports on a recent BPDA meeting about plans to let a private developer replace the 1,100-unit Bunker Hill development with a 3,200 mixed-income complex.

Project residents worried if they'd be able to get back into the 1,100 new low-income units; residents in the rest of Charlestown balked at adding 2,100 new units to the neighborhood.

By adamg - 7/10/16 - 9:21 am

The Bay State Banner reports on the proposal, by the BHA, Preservation of Affordable Housing and Madison Park Development Corp. to raze the current 200-unit project off Tremont Street in Roxbury and replace it with 210 low-income apartments, 136 affordable units and 81 to be rented at market rates.

By adamg - 5/28/16 - 1:00 pm
Orient Heights architectural rendering

Architect's rendering.

Trinity Financial this week filed its formal plans with the BRA to replace the 1950s-era, 331-unit Orient Heights housing project with 373 new public-housing units and 42-market rate apartments. Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/16 - 1:00 pm

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. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/15 - 11:36 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a police report was good enough evidence with which to terminate a Section 8 voucher even if the materials found in an apartment had yet to be tested in a state drug lab for confirmation they were drugs. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/15 - 5:59 pm
Firefighters on L Street in South Boston

L Street scene. Photo by Mary Cappuccio.

The Boston Fire Department reports "careless disposal of smoking material" at 120 L St. in the Monsignor Powers project led to a fire around 5:10 p.m.that sent two residents and one firefighter to the hospital. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/15 - 2:19 pm

The Boston Housing Authority said today it's chosen Corcoran Jennison of Dorchester to completely rebuild and expand the Bunker Hill development into a mixed-income community. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/15 - 1:02 pm

Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) today proposed installing WiFi systems in BHA senior and family housing buildings to provide free Internet access to residents.

Yancey said Internet access is vital in today's world, but that residents of housing projects often cannot afford to connect.

Several years ago, then Councilor John Tobin proposed a citywide WiFi network. Mayor Menino Wified the idea, which ultimately went nowhere.

Councilor Tito Jackson praised Yancey's idea as "a no brainer."

By adamg - 6/18/15 - 5:21 pm
Proposed new Whittier building in Roxbury

Architect's rendering of proposed Whittier building.

Developers have filed plans with the BRA to completely tear down the 62-year-old Whittier Street project and replace it over five years with new buildings with more apartments.

Separately, the Boston Housing Authority this week formally asked developers for plans to turn the Bunker Hill project into a mixed-income development. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

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