Real estate

Mayor Thomas Menino pushes plan to boost Boston housing production

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced in the spring his goal of building 30,000 housing units by 2020.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced in the spring his goal of building 30,000 housing units by 2020.Charles Krupa/AP

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing to reach his ambitious goal of building 30,000 homes in Boston by allowing taller building with smaller units, selling public land to developers at a discount, and using subsidies to spur development of more affordable housing, according to a blueprint to be released Monday.

The plan begins with quick steps that could significantly alter the landscape before Menino’s term ends. Those steps include selling large chunks of city property, and increasing fees on developers to help fund affordable housing.

Although 25,000 of the new units would be priced at market rates, Menino is proposing to increase subsidies and other assistance to make homes more affordable to middle-income households.

“We don’t want to be a city of the rich and poor,” Menino said.

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