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Old Colony community update meeting set for Tuesday night

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 15, 2011 10:30 AM

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(Image courtesy Boston Housing Authority and NBBJ )

A comparison between the old and new proposal.

The Boston Housing Authority is planning to hold a public meeting Tuesday night to let residents know the status of the Old Colony Development project.

The South Boston complex, one of the city’s most physically distressed developments, is being revamped by the city and Beacon Communities.

The nearly 840 apartments in the development will be going through radical changes as the city works to redo buildings, construct new units, and reduce the density of the site.

Phase I of the project involves the construction of 116 housing units in mid-rise residential buildings, along with four groups of townhouses which will hold close to 34 one- to five-bedroom units.

Phase I, which should be completed by the spring of 2012, also includes the construction of a 10,000 square-foot community center.

Phase II of the project which is slated to begin fall 2012, will involve the demolition of existing builds and the construction of nearly 170 housing units.

Phase I and Phase II should complete the redevelopment of about half the development. Currently, the other phases are on hold until the BHA is able to fund the project.

Over the entire project the number of units will drop from 840 to close to 650 units with the majority being one, two and three bedrooms units.

The project will also work to change roadways to better integrate the development in the neighborhood as well as create more accessible open space for residents.

Although some in the neighborhood have welcomed the project, concerns have been raised about the potential loss of trees from the site. The South Boston based tree advocacy group, Southie Trees, has been working with the BHA and Beacon Communities to ensure uprooted trees would be replaced.

The community meeting sponsored by the Boston Housing Authority will be held Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ironworker’s Local Union No. 7 Hall at 195 Old Colony Ave.

BHA and Beacon Communities will be on hand to take questions from residents and fill them in on what the future holds for the site and neighborhood.

Contact Christine Capone-Cinelli of the Boston Housing Authority at (617) 988-4011 for more information.

For a copy of the Master Plan download Old Colony Master Plan.pdf

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