More apartments planned for Roxbury

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
March 21, 2017

Developers of a proposed six-story, 23-apartment building in lower Roxbury say the project would help further transform a once sparsely populated and high-crime area into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood.

Urban Core Development and Boston Real Estate Collaborative’s estimated $8 million to $8.5 million 1 Newcomb Place project is targeted for a vacant lot off Washington Street and the gateway connecting the South End to Roxbury’s Dudley Square, which is undergoing a rejuvenation. It would include 20 market-rate and three affordable units.

“We have high hopes for the area,” said V. William Avanessian, a founding BREC partner. “We have two rental buildings essentially flanking this site, and the units do as we expected. We have high hopes for this, since it will be brand-new construction with an elevator.”

UDC and BREC filed project plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency to kick off a review of the project, which comes as activists push for more affordable Roxbury housing that’s open to a wider range of low-income households, to prevent displacement of current Roxbury residents.

Project plans for 1 Newcomb Place state the apartment building would continue to bring new residents to a portion of the city that can support more people, without displacing existing residents.

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