BPDA Designates Diverse Development Team for Nubian Square Project

Nubian Square's Crescent Parcel

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board voted to tentatively designate Drexel Village, LLC, to develop the BPDA and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)-owned Crescent Parcel in Roxbury’s Nubian Square. The proposal plans to create a mixed-use development that includes affordable housing and community space across the Crescent Parcel and the neighboring parcel owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

Like all BPDA-owned parcels in the city of Boston, the selected developer was required to meet the BPDA’s diversity and inclusion evaluation criterion, and outline commitments to including M/WBEs in all aspects of its development. Diversity and Inclusion criteria was weighted at 25% of the total evaluation of the proposal.

The proposed development will bring 217 residential units, at least 150 of which will be income-restricted, 31,000sf of community space for the social service agencies currently located on the Crescent Parcel, and parish space for the St. Katharine Drexel Church. The proposal will preserve over an acre of open space at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Tremont street, will preserve 35 existing trees on the development, and plant 65 new trees.

The Drexel Village, LLC proposal envisions this development as family-focused and community-oriented. In addition to a commitment to the Boston Residents Jobs Policy, the project has a 25% neighborhood workforce goal.

“We are committed to facilitating a future for Crescent Parcel that supports the surrounding community, creating affordable housing and supporting local small businesses,” said Brian Golden,  BPDA director.