Affordable housing complex proposed for vacant Dorchester lots


Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
January 19, 2017

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. hopes to build a mixed-use and mixed-income affordable housing complex with 41 apartments in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood.

The four-story building at 191-195 Bowdoin St. would include 6,057 square feet of ground-floor retail space, meeting space, an open plaza and 46 off-street parking spots. Apartments would be restricted as affordable to households with incomes at or below 60 percent or 30 percent of the area median income.

VietAID is a community development corporation formed in 1994 to focus on the Vietnamese-American community in Dorchester’s Fields Corner.

The project would be built on two vacant lots now used as community open space. They include a city parcel just under a quarter-acre that VietAID plans to buy for $100 and is appraised at $185,000. The Department of Neighborhood Development tentatively designated VietAID as the developer after a request for proposals for the surplus land.

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