(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
The now-completed Phase One of the Old Colony redevelopment in South Boston was highlighted by the Affordable Housing Finance magazine after readers named it the “Best Urban Project”.
“We are very proud that Old Colony has been recognized as a forerunner of future public housing redevelopment projects,” Bill McGonagle, the interim administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, said in a statement. “This award shows that affordable housing can also be green, healthy, sustainable and attractive.”
The first phase of the multi-phase redevelopment involved the demolition of 164 existing units and the construction of 116 housing units in mid-rise residential buildings, along with four groups of townhouses, which hold close to 34 one- to five-bedroom units.
Phase One of the redevelopment also included the construction of a 10,000 square-foot community center and the addition of two new streets.
The project was built so that it could be LEED certified platinum.
The project was just one of an estimated 140 projects that were nominated for the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award in the trade magazine, said a release from the Boston Housing Authority.
Phase Two of the project, which recently received funding, will demolish the existing structures along Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street and in their place construct 169 new units in townhouse buildings and four-story elevator buildings.
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