BPDA Opens Applications for $49,000 of Community Benefits Fund

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) announced that it is now accepting applications for approximately $49,000 of community benefits funding, which was secured through the Article 80 process for the Hodge Boiler Works project under construction at 99 Sumner St. 

“Funding will be prioritized for applicants whose services benefit local residents, with an emphasis on residents of East Boston,” said BPDA Director of Communications Bonnie McGilpin. “To be eligible for this community benefit funding, an applicant must be a non-profit operating in Massachusetts and/or an organization that has identified a local non-profit as its fiscal agent. All awards will be subject to BPDA Board approval.”

In 2017 the BPDA approved a ‘Notice of Project Change’ for the Hodge Boiler Works waterfront development project. 

When the site was owned by the DeNormandie Companies a few years ago, the group pitched a scaled down version of their original plan to build an 8-story, 119 unit residential complex. DeNormandie decided to build a 5-story, 95 units building that is 80,000 sq. ft. less than the original design.

The Davis Companies recently scooped up the property and reverted back to the original plan of building 119 condo units. The Davis Companies will also pay into the BPDA’s fund to create affordable housing units off site to the tune of $2.19 million. 

According to the Davis Companies and the BPDA filing, the project that is under construction will result in a six story, 125,678 sq. ft.. mixed-use development. 

Aside from the 119-condo units there will be a 7,200 sq. ft. public facility. The project also calls for 83 off-street parking spaces, 119 bicycle storage spaces within the building for residents and 28 exterior bicycle storage spaces to be made available for the general public, visitors, and residents. 

Approximately 35,750 square feet of the project site will be used as public open space that will include one of the last links missing from the East Boston Harborwalk. This missing link will finally connect the Charlton Wharf site with Lopresti Park. With Clippership Wharf, Portside at Pier One and the Boston East Site completed, the Harborwalk will be one continuous path that extends from the Hyatt Logan Airport Hotel all the way to the Boston East Site on Border Street. 

McGilpin said interested and eligible applicants for the community fund are encouraged to apply by Thursday, January 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

The application link can be found at http://www.bostonplans.org/getattachment/c67ad2ea-d912-4e50-ac7e-c678d7d9de0c. 

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