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Langone Park and Knights of Columbus Hall Recommended for Community Preservation Funding

The Knights of Columbus Hall and Langone Park are two of 56 projects Mayor Walsh has recommended for funding through the Community Preservation Act.

$1,960,500 is being recommended to the Knights of Columbus to convert their 41 N. Margin St. building into 23 affordable housing apartments for seniors, including three units of housing for homeless seniors and a neighborhood meeting space.

$1,000,000 is being recommended to add sea level rise mitigation features to Langone Park to prevent flooding and create a resilient waterfront as part of the City’s Resilient Boston Harbor and Climate Ready Boston.

The Community Preservation Act provides funds collected from a surcharge on real estate taxes to local community projects that focus on historic preservation, affordable housing, and / or parks and open space, including outdoor recreation facilities.

The City received 87 applications during the Fall 2018 application period. Mayor Walsh and the Community Preservation Committee, made up of nine members who study community preservation needs, have recommended 56 projects for funding, totaling over $34 million.

There were five applications submitted for North End projects. The three that were not selected for recommendation were preservation of the Old North Church crypt submitted by Old North, capital improvements for the North End Dog Park submitted by RUFF, and a park at the Freedom Trail Cross St. plaza submitted by Charter Cross Street, LLC.

Recommended projects will now be submitted to the City Council for approval. They are expected to vote on this in March.