Trinity at Shawmut: two views

Non-profit developer would be better option on Centre Street

To the Editor:

I want to keep you apprised of the increasingly large number of Shawmut community residents who oppose the Trinity Financial development proposal for 150 Centre Street. There are now more than 1,000 individuals who have signed their names in opposition to the plan. 

Like myself, most signees applaud affordable housing, but not the oversized building on a too-small lot, the 100 percent rental component, and the tiny units Trinity is pushing. The neighborhood supports affordable housing for families with a path to home ownership.  

We all recognize a need for family housing, yet we all know there is a dearth of this type of unit.  Why?  Because for-profit developers don’t make “enough” money on larger affordable units.  The lack of family-sized affordable units is driven solely by greed.  

We and the Epiphany School welcome discussion with a non-profit developer who will respect our community and work with us to create long-term, affordable, family housing solutions with a path to home ownership.  Solutions that will contribute to the stability of our neighborhood and create for new residents a sense of belonging to the existing community. 

As the 150 Centre Street proposal comes closer to a BPDA vote, we implore you to recognize and respect the massive opposition to this project, and to reject Trinity’s proposal.

– Arlene Simon
Melville Park resident

Trinity plan at Shawmut brings much-needed affordable units

To the Editor: 

I am writing to express my strong support for 150 Centre Street at Shawmut Station, an affordable housing project in our neighborhood. As a long-time resident of this community, I believe that affordable housing is crucial for maintaining the diversity, vibrancy, and inclusivity that make our neighborhood so special.

Our neighborhood has seen significant growth and change over the years, which has brought both benefits and challenges. While we’ve enjoyed increased economic opportunities and improved amenities, the rising cost of housing has become a major concern for many residents. This has created a situation where some members of our community are struggling to make ends meet or have been forced to move away.

Affordable housing is not just a matter of financial well-being; it’s about social cohesion and community health. It enables essential workers, teachers, and other dedicated professionals to live in the neighborhood they serve. It helps us maintain a rich tapestry of backgrounds and perspectives, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

I understand that there may be concerns about the impact of this affordable housing on abutting property values and aesthetics. However, 150 Centre Street at Shawmut Station is a well-designed affordable housing development. Trinity Financial worked with the residents to make sure that it would successfully integrate with the neighborhood, maintaining or even enhancing property values. Additionally, Boston Planning and Development’s thoughtful planning process ensured that this new housing aligns with the character and architectural standards of our community.

I urge you to consider the benefits of this new affordable housing opportunity, not only for those in need but for the entire neighborhood. It’s an investment in the long-term sustainability and well-being of our community. I am committed to supporting this initiative and am willing to work with local residents and organizations to make it a reality.

– Haris Hardaway

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