Boston – B’nai B’rith Housing (BBH), Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, state and local officials, housing advocates, and neighbors and friends of the nonprofit housing organization recently celebrated the opening of its newest property, Parkway 1208, the first new affordable housing in West Roxbury since 2013.
Parkway 1208 is a new 60-unit workforce residence developed by B’nai B’rith Housing for below-market-rate occupants and offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, accompanied by an array of amenities. It is located at 1208D VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.
Speakers at the event, attended by about 100 people, included Wu, Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities Secretary Ed Augustus, State Rep. William MacGregor, Catholic Memorial Head of School Peter Folan, MassHousing Vice President of Multifamily Programs Mark Teden, and BBH Board Real Estate Council of Advisors Chair Ed Zuker, who is also chief executive officer of Chestnut Hill Realty. Other in attendance were State Rep. Rob Consalvo and Sheila Dillon, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing.
Among the 60 units at Parkway 1208, 45 are available to households earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), including units reserved for households transitioning out of homelessness. An additional 15 units are specifically designated for households earning less than 90% of AMI.
“It is especially exciting when mixed income apartments with affordability are built in a neighborhood where we have been working really hard to site affordable rental housing and that we need to do more,” said Wu. “It is a model of possibility for what income restricted family housing across the city of Boston should look like.”
Features of Parkway 1208 include laundry rooms on each of the three floors, on-site service coordinator, community garden, community room with event and home-work space, playground with patio, dog-care room, indoor bike storage, phone-Zoom room, mailroom and package-storage area, and a fitness room.
The building has elevators for accessibility and a courtyard with green space. The building has 60 on-site parking spaces, including EV charging stations, and bike storage. It includes energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as Energy Star rated appliances and environmentally friendly design features throughout.
“As two organizations coming from our respective faiths, we are aligned and committed to making this a better community, a stronger community,” said Folan. “Congratulations on this incredible achievement and welcome to the neighborhood.”