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Ground Breaking: Roxbury Crossing Senior Housing Development

On March 29, 2014, ground breaking event marked the beginning of construction for the Roxbury Crossing Senior Building on Gurney Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA. The 40-unit transit-oriented development will provide much needed affordable senior rental housing and contribute to revitalizing the area.

Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services (MHNHS), a community development corporation which is leading the project, hired Goody Clancy to lead a community-planning process ahead of their purchase of a vacant 1.8-acre parcel located across Tremont Street from the Roxbury Crossing transit station. Goody Clancy, MHNHS, and neighborhood stakeholders developed a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the Gurney Street corridor, leading off of Tremont Street, including a mixed-use, multi-phased development of rental housing, ground floor retail and office space close to the T station, and a senior housing complex across Gurney Street.  As the first phase of this redevelopment, Goody Clancy designed the senior housing building as a four story block-and-plank structure, mirroring the scale and architectural language of the Mission Hill neighborhood. The project, targeted for LEED Silver certification, will now occupy the site and in addition to housing units, will provide community space for residents to meet, dine, and socialize, and for events that also involve neighbors and community outreach. 

The MHNHS team brought together a diverse coalition in support of the project, from neighborhood groups and business interests to HUD, Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, State Department of Housing and Community Development, MassDevelopment, and RBS Citizens, who all provided funding.

For more information please see:

http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/default.aspx?id=6573

 

Kendall Square praised for its past and future as an exemplary innovation district

We are proud to announce that the Congress for the New Urbanism presented their 2014 Charter Award for Best Urban Infill to Goody Clancy and the City of Cambridge for the Kendall Square Planning Study. Kendall Square has long been praised for its success in attracting innovation businesses, including recent recognition from the Brookings Institute which recognizes the district as an exemplary model for growing a successful innovation district, but the district suffers from anonymity due to lack of housing, single-use buildings with large floor plates, and auto-oriented streetscapes.The study positions the city to grow further as a globally significant source of innovation, while incorporating a greater variety of public spaces and development designed for people. Over the next ten years, 4 million square feet will become available for mixed-income housing, retail space, cultural space, and public use. "From its current disparate and disconnected reality," jury member Will Bruder says, "the proposal would create a memorable sense of place through the innovate redevelopment of empty lots and voids in the neighborhood fabric." In presenting the award, Jury Chair Jeff Speck noted how much the jury valued the plan's emphasis on good communication with stakeholders to build consensus for issues such as density and building form. 

For more information on 2014 Charter Award honorees, click HERE.

 
 
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