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Roslindale’s Washington Beech Housing Development Gets Go-Ahead for Phase 2

Apr 15, 2010

The BRA Board gave the go-ahead for the second phase of the Washington Beech HOPE VI project located in Roslindale. The project consists of the revitalization of the 7.6-acre Washington Beech housing development currently owned by the Boston Housing Authority located at Washington and Beech Streets. The project was originally proposed as a three-phase project that would replace the old 266-unit Washington Beech public housing complex with a 206-unit development containing 191 rental units and 15 homeownership units. Phase one of the project was approved by the BRA on November 13, 2008. Phase one, which consists of the creation of 100 rental units, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010.

The development team will now combine the previously-proposed phase two and phase three into a single phase two and eliminate the 15 homeownership units by replacing them with 15 rental units. Additionally, minor reconfiguration of the units has resulted in more family-friendly three bedroom units. Phase two also consists of the demolition of 10 existing buildings and the construction of 106 townhouse-style residential rental units and 145 parking spaces, in addition to a new park, streetscape improvements, and pedestrian pathways.
The development team consists of BHA and Trinity Washington Beech Limited Partnership as the developer, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as legal counsel, ICON Architecture, Inc. as architects, Nitsch Engineering as the civil engineering consultant, Fort Point Associates as the permitting and traffic consultant, and McPhail Associates, Inc. as the geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering consultants. Total project cost for phase two is approximately $50 million. Phase two is expected to commence shortly after phase one finishes and be complete in spring of 2012. The project will create approximately 350 construction jobs.

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