Three affordable housing starts in Dorchester get BPDA okays

A rendering of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation's proposal at 151 Spencer Street. Courtesy of Studio Luz Architects

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last week approved three fully-affordable housing projects in Dorchester and authorized the creation and installation of a new mural at the Mattapan Teen Center. 

Two of the projects were Codman Square Neighborhood Development proposals. The first is a four-story residential building with 19 units— 4 of which will be made available to formerly homeless individuals— at 151 Spencer St. The second is for a complex at 25 New England Avenue that will include a four-story building with 23 income-restricted  residential units. Of the total units, five will be made available to formally homeless households and three will be handicap accessible.

p11 New England Ave REP 43-20.jpgProposal at 25 New England Avenue

The third okay advanced TLee Development’s Travis Lee’s plans for a four-story mixed-use, 100 percent income-restricted building at 270 Talbot Ave. with 21 rental units and three handicap accessible units. The ground floor will include retail space for two businesses. 

p11 270 Talbot Ave..jpgTLee Development's proposal at 270 Talbot Avenue

This month, over 61 percent of new units approved by the BPDA board are income-restricted. In September, 271 new units, representing 90 percent of all new housing units permitted, were income-restricted, the most in any month since 2014.

The approval of a new mural at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s Mattapan Teen Center is part of the PLAN: Mattapan Public Art Project.  The BPDA expects to issue a call of artists for murals at three other locations later in the neighborhood this year followed by a public selection process.