State to spend $600,000 to redesign public housing

Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
September 14, 2016

State officials are kicking in some cash toward creative redevelopment of public housing in Chelsea and Somerville.

The Baker administration said Wednesday it will give $300,000 apiece to housing authorities in the two inner-ring cities for design and planning work to help convert aging public housing complexes into larger mixed-income communities, with the help of private developers.

In Chelsea, the housing authority is partnering with an affiliate of developer Corcoran Jennison on a plan to redevelop its 66-year-old Innes Apartments. It would rebuild the existing 96 units that are subsidized for low-income families and add 224 market-rate apartments.

Meanwhile, the Somerville Housing Authority is working with private developer Gate Residential, the nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing, and the Somerville Community Corp. to turn the 216-unit Clarendon Hill Apartments complex on Alewife Brook Parkway into a 526-unit mixed-income community. The 216 units for low-income families will be rebuilt and preserved.

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