Boston – NEI General Contracting announced it recently broke ground on the Morton Station Village in Mattapan.
Created by the Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) and the Archdiocese of Boston’s Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA), the new development will include a 34,000sf, 4-story building with 40 units of mixed-income, mixed tenure housing, and the Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden on the former site of a Boston Police Department station.
Designed by Davis Square Architects, the development consists of 28 affordable rental apartments and 12 affordable condominium units for households with incomes of 80% area median income (AMI) to 100% AMI. It is located adjacent to the Morton Street MBTA commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston.
“Morton Station Village will re-activate a long-vacant site, bringing both affordable housing and green space to the heart of Mattapan through our partnership with local organization Caribbean Integration Community Development,” said Bill Grogan, president of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc.
At the groundbreaking ceremony on May 20, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, “Certainly, the homelessness and lack of affordable housing are two great challenges we face as a community. Our communities will be stronger when they show respect for the dignity of all people. Morton Station Village will provide residents safe, affordable housing in Mattapan.”
Current City Councilor Brian Worrell called it a great example of working with local stakeholders to make a project better. “The community’s authorship on this site will be seen inside and outside the building,” he said. “I want to encourage all future developers to take note and build off the model of Morton Station Village.”
The owner/developer is Morton Station Village LLC, Morton Station Homeownership LLC c/o Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc. and Caribbean Integration Community Development. The project team also includes Horsley Witten Group, civil engineer; Souza, True & Partners, structural engineer; BLW Engineers, MEP/FP engineer; RBLA Design LLC, landscape architect; and WaypointKLA, Inc., owner representative.
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.
The building will be located adjacent to the new 8,000sf Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden, honoring the late 13-year-old Dorchester resident who was tragically murdered while walking home in 2007.
“Like the Planning Office, NEI is committed to creating quality affordable housing developments, improving the conditions and quality of life for their residents,” said Grogan.