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Second phase of Old Colony redevelopment is progressing

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 2, 2013 01:14 PM

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A look at the progress construction crews have made so far.


The second phase of the Old Colony Housing Development project is progressing, and project managers expect the work to be completed by winter 2014.

Construction crews have finished demolishing the brick buildings on the corner of Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street in South Boston that housed 223 residential units. They have since moved on to constructing townhouses and four-story buildings that will hold the 169 new units slated for the area.

The project, which is broken up into three phases, will eventually remake the
16.7-acre affordable housing complex. First constructed in 1940, the entire parcel at one time contained 873 units in 22 three-story brick buildings, according to the Boston Housing Authority.

Beacon Communities, in partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, is leading the redevelopment of the complex and will manage the properties once constructed.

“We are firmly on schedule,” said Darcy Jameson, development director for Beacon Communities. “Construction has been going very smoothly.”

Jameson said residents will see crews working over the coming year, but no demolition work or large cranes are expected at the site.

Phase Two of the project, which broke ground in November 2012, will cost an estimated $80 million and is partially funded by a $22 million US Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

The City of Boston Neighborhood Housing Trust also contributed $1 million to the project along with $3.5 million in state bond funds and low income housing tax credits from the state, according to the City of Boston.

In addition to new units, Phase Two will also create new streets.

Two new roads that connect to Old Colony Avenue, Patterson Way, and Burke Street will be constructed in Phase Two. Once all the phases have been completed five new roads connecting to Columbia Road, East 8th Street, Old Colony Avenue, Patterson Way, and Burke Street will be added to the area.

The first phase of the project demolished 164 of the development's units and constructed a 116 new ones along Columbia Road and Old Colony Avenue. Phase One began in late-2010 and was completed in March 2012.

Phase Three of the Old Colony redevelopment is broken into three parts and will consist of 364-464 units, according to the 2011 Master Plan.

That portion of the project is currently unfunded, according to the Boston Housing Authority.


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A look at the progress construction crews have made so far.


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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)


A look at the progress construction crews have made so far.

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