Mayor Wu recommends APC funding for 52 neighborhood projects totaling over $27 million

This includes $14.6 million in affordable housing projects; $6.1 million in historic preservation projects; and $6.4 million in recreational use and open space projects

BOSTON – Monday, February 28, 2022 – Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) today announced their recommendation of 52 projects, totaling more than $27 million in grants under the round current funding from the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Following the CPC’s public hearing and vote and Mayor Wu’s recommendation, the proposed projects were filed with the Boston City Council for a vote of approval. Projects supported by Community Preservation Act funding must create or preserve affordable housing, historic sites, or open space and recreation.

“The Community Preservation Act helps us invest in our communities by enabling residents and local organizations to fund important priorities in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I am grateful to the Community Preservation Committee and to all nominees for their commitment to developing affordable housing, historic preservation and open space and recreation for the benefit of Bostonians in our city.”

“Our residents, municipal leaders and community groups are working tirelessly to make their neighborhoods better places to live, work and raise families,” said Councilman Michael Flaherty. “CPA funds enable transformational community-driven change in our communities. As Chair of Council’s Community Preservation Committee, I’m excited to review the applications and see the impact all of these projects will have on our neighborhoods. »

Including this round of funding, once approved by City Council, the City of Boston will have awarded more than $119 million to support 245 projects across the city since residents voted to pass the Community Preservation Act. in 2016. Community Preservation Act funded projects can be found in 23 neighborhoods. Among those supported since its inception, there have been 98 open space and recreation projects, 37 affordable housing projects and 110 historic preservation projects. Mayor Wu previously announced some of these affordable housing projects as part of his recommended $40 million investment in new funding to create and preserve more than 700 low-income housing units in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Chinatown, Hyde Park and Roxbury.

The Community Preservation Fund was created following voters’ passage of the Community Preservation Act in November 2016. It is funded by a 1% property surtax on residential and commercial property tax bills, which came in effective July 2017, and annual funding from the State of Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund. The mayor and the community preservation committee recommend the use of the funding and the city council must vote to approve.

“In thanking APC staff, the Boston CPC is pleased to recommend 52 projects to Mayor Wu for funding by the City Council under the leadership of Council Committee Chair Michael Flaherty,” said Felicia Jacques, Chair. of the community preservation committee. “This recommendation fully commits over 50% of funds to housing, with the remaining funds supporting 42 historic preservation and open space projects. These projects address a variety of uses and an abundance of worthwhile community projects spanning the city in virtually every neighborhood.

After the Committee’s review of applications received for Community Preservation Act funding, the following projects are recommended for grant funding. The proposals include 10 affordable housing, 25 historic preservation projects, and 17 open space and recreation projects in 19 neighborhoods.

Dorchester Affordable Housing Projects:

DMH Housing Harvard Commons
$601,527 to partially fund the creation of affordable, supportive housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families by funding the new construction of a four-unit apartment building on the campus of Harvard Commons. All units will be reserved for clients of the Department of Mental Health with units ranging from 30% to 50% of the regional median income (AMI).

Hamilton to Mount Everett
$1,500,000 to partially fund the new construction of a four-story apartment building with 36 one-bedroom apartments, designed and available for individuals and couples age 62 and older. Support services will be provided on site by Hebrew Senior Life. All apartments will be affordable for households with an income equal to or less than 60% of the regional median income (AMI).

Talbot Commons II
$1,000,000 to partially fund the creation of 42 affordable rental units on two vacant lots owned by the City. All units will be subject to deed restrictions with units ranging from 30% to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI).

Dorchester Historic Preservation:

Global Ministries Christian Church
$200,000 for roof and drainage repairs and construction of a new accessible entrance to the 1889 shingle-style building.

Church of the Tabernacle of Great Love
$449,107 for the rehabilitation of the exterior of the 1924 masonry structure, as well as an entrance accessibility project. The works include the repair of the masonry, windows and drainage, as well as the structure of the accessible entrance.

William Clapp House
$61,000 for essential structural masonry repairs to the William Clapp House to protect museum collections and exhibits.

Dorchester Open Space and Recreation:

Oasis at the Ballou Farm

$500,000 for capital improvements to the Oasis on Ballou Community Farm to support the growth of healthier products and create better access to the site for residents, student groups and other community stakeholders.

Martin Richard Dorchester Field House – Outdoor Recreational Space

$500,000 to develop a fun and vibrant park-like setting around a new 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art youth development land that will include gardens, play areas, recreation space, and more. exercise and event, trees and permanent plantings.

Codman Cemetery Park

$350,000 for a private cemetery, owned by the Second Church, will rehabilitate an existing but underutilized green space and create a neighborhood park that provides educational, recreational, contemplative and artistic uses.

Magnolia Garden

$94,961 for continued construction to help complete a new community garden, lawn, perennial beds and children’s garden at Uphams Corner.

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