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Affordable-housing project approved for Charlestown

Posted by Sara Brown  January 18, 2011 04:09 PM

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An $18 million mixed-use affordable housing and community center has been approved for development in Charlestown.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board gave the go-ahead to the Bridgeview Apartment Development, 60 units of one-, two-, or three-bedroom rental units, all of which will be restricted to households earning at or below 60 percent of area median income, the BRA said in a press release.

The apartments, which are slated to be built at A Street and Rutherford Avenue, will be run by the Life Focus Center of Charlestown. About 20 percent of the units will be targeted for homeless or formerly homeless people and other “special populations,” including disabled individuals.

The Life Focus Center will occupy 11,980 square feet in the building’s lower two floors, offering tools and supportive services in "an integrated community environment" to people with disabilities and their family members. Other proposed amenities include a tot lot, community room, bike storage areas, green and open space, and gathering areas for residents and visitors.

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