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Program to build housing on vacant city-owned lots moves forward in Mattapan

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 2, 2013 12:22 PM

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The city’s Department of Neighborhood Development is moving forward with its plan to sell off vacant city-owned property in Mattapan for the construction of housing.

A second public meeting on the Mattapan sites has been set for Thursday to educate neighbors about the program and what they can expect to happen at the vacant parcels.

Part of the city-wide Middle Incoming Housing Initiative, the program aims to provide city parcels to small, local developers and builders for the constructing of one-, two-, and three-family homes.

The program has three goals: increase the number of middle income home buyers to offset losses from the foreclosure crisis, support property values in higher foreclosure neighborhoods, and create business for smaller local contractors and builders.

Three separate sites on Callendar Street, Tucker Street, and Lauriant Street in Mattapan have been identified by the city for development. Request for Proposals for the sites were issued by the city and it is currently evaluating the proposed projects it received as part of the process, according to DND's Community Connections page.

A site at 21-29 Callender St. includes five vacant parcels for a total of approximately 21,500-square-feet. A site at 52-56 Callender St. and 16 Lauriat St. includes three vacant parcels for a total of approximately 15,300-square-feet. A final site 24-28 Callender St. and 10-12 Tucker St. includes three vacant parcels for a total of approximately 14,400-square-feet.

Thursday's meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mattapan Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave.

More information about the program can be found here.

A story about the program, its efforts in Roxbury, and the community’s reaction, can also be found here.

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