Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors approved two new development projects that will create 265 residential units, 103 of which will be designated income-restricted. The approved new development projects represent 257,601sf and will support 231 construction jobs and eight direct jobs.
Located in Dorchester, 75/78 Willow Court and 16 Baker Court will build three new buildings and create 191 new housing units, 29 of which will be income-restricted. The developer will create new open space, as well as parking for 46 vehicles. The developer will also construct a Bluebikes station onsite, bury new utilities underground, and remove old power lines and utility poles considered dangerous, as well as create overall pedestrian friendly improvements to the site that will also help to calm traffic in the area. The project will contribute to improvements at nearby Sharon’s Park, Paul’s Park, and Richardson Park; Dot Art for youth programming; and the Dorchester Historical Society for programming and preservation in the neighborhood.
Located just off of Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury, the Cheney Street Apartments will add 74 new affordable housing units, including 59 senior rental units and 15 homeownership units designed for families. The project will include community space and a 3,000sf PACE Alternative Care Center, a comprehensive health and wellness program that helps seniors meet their health care needs. The project will meet LEED Silver sustainability standards.