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BRA approves $21 million renovation of New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 19, 2013 03:03 PM

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Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, seen at left in this 2011 photo, is set to undergo a $21 million renovation project.

The board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved a multi-million-dollar renovation of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in downtown Boston, the authority announced.

The $21 million project is expected to add 35 studio apartments inside the building at 17 Court St., near the Old State House, and to create a separate space for permanent housing of female veterans, the BRA said on its website.

The center includes 130,000 square feet spread over two adjoining structures: the four-story Old Colony Trust Company building and a 10-story addition.

Developed by the architecture firm Tise Design Associates in partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Workshop — a 24-year-old non-profit group created to aid homeless and at-risk veterans — the renovation will improve accessibility, prepare for updated programs, and create a roof deck as a private recreational space for the veterans.

The planned work includes consolidating offices and program spaces on the building’s lower floors and improving its exterior by re-glazing windows and upgrading the entrance canopy, the authority said.

Work is planned to begin in the fall of 2014, to create 90 construction jobs, and to last 16 months. Developers expect the renovations to qualify the building for LEED Silver certification.

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