Aerial map location of Parcels 1B and 1C in the Bulfinch Triangle

One of the eight new projects approved last week by the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority was a 239 affordable housing unit and hotel development near North Station in the Bulfinch Triangle and adjacent to the North End.

Related Beal Project Rendering

Developer Related Beal won approval to construct 239 rental units that will be aimed at households making between 30 and 165 percent of area median income. The project will also consist of a 220 room hotel, associated 220-space parking garage and ground floor retail space (submitted proposal). According to the BRA’s press release:

With no market-rate units, the project represents a departure from the recent wave of high-end downtown housing developments. Related’s proposal supports Mayor Walsh’s goal of adding 20,000 new middle-income units to Boston’s housing stock over the next 15 years.

Apart from the housing component, the developer has committed to a number of other benefits. Related Beal will make a $500,000 contribution to design and build a new park.  Several hundred thousand dollars will be dedicated to other infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood. And to meet the project’s linkage obligations, the developer will contribute over $467,000 to the Neighborhood Housing Trust and more than $93,500 to the Neighborhood Jobs Trust.

Slightly higher than a former proposal known as “The Murano,” the building will be 14 stories between North Washington, Causeway and Beverly Streets.

Related Beal is seeking a 121A tax agreement to help finance a portion the $220 million project and to offset the high cost of land and construction downtown. Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2015 and take approximately 26 months.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Will they actually be affordable? Most of the other “affordable” housing units have ridiculous income windows – one example is maximum income $52,000 with minimum income of $46,000. The developers get to set the minimum.
    Asked a local politician’s office to look into this and they didn’t get anywhere and gave up.

  2. All of the “affordable housing” have these income levels. Unfortunately there is a big difference between affordable and “low income”

  3. A difference between affordable and low income. I pay $1600 a month for a one bedroom for my son and I however I don’t qualify for the minimum. Am I low income Joyce? I make $44000 just short of the $4600. Two grand more and I could of had a two bedroom in gathouse 75 for $1400

    • you would have to ask the BRA that question. I have no information except what I have seen in BRA notices about these developments.

    • Check the BRA (or whatever it is called now) website. There are also public notices in newspapers including the Regional Review. You will find Income limits and application procedures and cutoff dates for affordable units throughout Boston

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