MAY, 2017 The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrated the completion of Whittier-Lyndhurst-Washington Apartments. This initiative involved the transformation of four problem properties into 44 affordable rental units. All sites are within a half-mile radius of one another in the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester.
NEI was responsible for construction on two of the properties including the new construction of a LEED Silver certifiable four-story building on a formerly vacant lot on Washington Street. The structure features a combination of eight residential units and 1,000 SF of retail/office space on the first floor. The second property involved the historic rehab of a century old three-story brick structure on Lyndhurst Street which was damaged in a 2007 fire. The rehab consisted of a complete gut and full building reconfiguration, creating eight new residential units. In addition to these two properties, WLW also involved the construction on a second vacant site created 13 units as well as the preservation of 14 occupied units in the former Whittier School.
The project was financed with state housing and historic tax credits, and with federal low-income housing tax credits awarded by the State Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Other supporters of the $20 Million project include the City of Boston, Bank of America, and The Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
Collectively CSNDC, Elton + Hampton Architects, NEI, Northern Contracting Corp, Landmark Structures, and all funders, were able to provide 44 affordable units to extremely low-income families- five of which will be designated for the homeless. This effort will help to revitalize the neighborhoods near the Fairmount Commuter Rail.