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Freedom House site to be redeveloped
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Freedom House site to be redeveloped
For more than 60 years, 14 Crawford St. was home to Freedom House, a social service agency that now focuses on providing academic support to youths. But after years of delayed maintenance, the building needed more work than the nonprofit could reasonably afford to perform on the building, which formerly housed a yeshiva.
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Advisory group backs developer for Boston State Hospital site
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Advisory group backs developer for Boston State Hospital site
A group of Mattapan residents appointed to vet development proposals for the former Boston State Hospital land has selected a team to build a housing complex on the last open parcel of land on the site.
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Two teams submit bids for Blair lot
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Two teams submit bids for Blair lot
Two development teams have submitted bids of the redevelopment of the Blair Lot in Nubian Square. The two proposals present divergent visions for the long-vacant parcel, currently occupied by an 87,000-square-foot parking lot.
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Walsh advances reforms for troubled zoning board
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Walsh advances reforms for troubled zoning board
Mayor Martin Walsh this week announced changes to the Zoning Board of Appeal aimed at bringing greater transparency to the body. The ZBA drew fire from critics last year after a city official who oversaw development projects appearing before the board was charged with accepting a bribe from a developer.
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Boston seen losing school-age children
Boston is losing its middle class, according to a study released by the Boston Foundation last week, with some of the sharpest declines in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and South Boston.
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Mattapan neighbors fight for sunlight
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Mattapan neighbors fight for sunlight
For two years, a group of Mattapan neighbors has been struggling with city officials and developers over a pair of projects that promise to place 21 units in their back yards. The neighbors have been gearing up for a planned Jan. 28 meeting with the city’s Inspectional Services Department, which allowed the developers to build their projects “as of right,” meaning without the input of neighbors or a vote from the Zoning Board of Appeal.
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City officials seek to curb evictions
City officials are planning to expand resources for a range of programs to reduce evictions in Boston, including financial assistance for families behind on rent or mortgage payments and increased production of affordable housing for low-income families.
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Transformation comes to vacant Mattapan parcel
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Transformation comes to vacant Mattapan parcel
After more than 40 years during which the former Cote Ford dealership site sat vacant on Cummins Highway in Mattapan, city and state officials last week joined a development team to break ground on a three-building, 76-unit all-affordable housing development.
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Mayor signs off on real estate transfer fee
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Mayor signs off on real estate transfer fee
Surrounded by affordable housing activists and city councilors, Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday signed an ordinance authorizing the city impose a fee real estate sales valued at $2 million or more at a rate of up to 2 percent.
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Call for affordability at Suffolk Downs
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Call for affordability at Suffolk Downs
The protesters, who represented activist organizations like City Life/Vida Urbana, Dorchester Not for Sale and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, oppose the redevelopment proposal for Suffolk Downs by HYM Investment Group, saying the addition of luxury housing would price the neighborhood’s current residents — mainly working-class Latino immigrants —out of the area.
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Developers submit proposals for Boston State Hospital site
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Developers submit proposals for Boston State Hospital site
Nearly four decades after the commonwealth opened the door to real estate development on the Boston State Hospital site, a use for the last 10-acre portion could be determined early next year.
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Activists convene on housing issues
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Activists convene on housing issues
The Boston People’s Plan Assembly gathered at the Vietnamese American Community Center in Fields Corner on Dec. 4 for its last meeting of the year to discuss new initiatives, including protesting the proposed redevelopment of Suffolk Downs.
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