Boston Project Transforms 4 Sites into Affordable Housing

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.'s $20 million Dorchester initiative includes 44 units in four buildings, two of which were constructed by NEI.
Washington Apartments

Washington Street mixed-use apartments

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. completed its $20 million Whittier-Lyndhurst-Washington Apartments in Dorchester, Mass. The community was developed by taking four problem properties and transforming them into 44 affordable rental units.

NEI constructed two of the properties, which included one LEED Silver certifiable four-story property located on Washington Street in the Codman Square neighborhood. The LEED proposed building features eight units and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and office space. The second asset was a historic revamping of a century old three-story brick building on Lyndhurst Street, which was initially damaged in 2007 from a fire. The property was completely gutted and reconfigured to house another eight apartments. In addition to these two properties, WLW also involved the construction on a second vacant site that created 13 units as well as the preservation of 14 occupied units in the former Whittier School.

The project was financed with state housing and historic tax credits, and federal low-income housing tax credits awarded by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Project team members include the City of Boston, Bank of America, The Massachusetts Housing Partnership, CSNDC, Elton + Hampton Architects, Northern Contracting Corp. and Landmark Structures. Five of the 44 affordable units will be set aside for the homeless.

“NEI is pleased at the outcome of the two buildings and happy to be part of the CSNDC Team to provide much needed affordable housing in Dorchester,” Marc Marcelli, director of construction operations for NEI, told Multi-Housing News. “It is great to see that the vacant land at 472 has a beautiful building that will be part of the Codman Square neighborhood.”

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