The neighborhood is growing by leaps and bounds; new developments, new housing, new businesses. It’s hard to imagine that the city is actually in a housing crisis. Well, according to the Boston Globe, the Walsh administration is looking for ideas to think outside the box when it comes to more than 80 city-owned buildings i.e. firehouses, libraries and community centers in order to create housing. The city is trying to reach the goal of 53,000 apartments, condos, and houses by 2030.
Other cities like San Francisco, New York and Washington have done something similar where developers partner with cities to improve and revitalize sites like our neighborhood library, firehouse or community center while adding affordable housing.
We reached out to City Council Ed Flynn for a statement:
On Wednesday, I was informed by the Mayor’s office that the Curley Recreation Center was incorrectly added to the list of city-owned buildings identified for the development of affordable housing. I agree that the City of Boston must look for new and creative ways to address the affordable housing crisis, while adhering to an extensive community and public process. Specifically, the city should look closely at any properties that are currently unoccupied or underutilized to add housing and improve services.
So what does that mean? Nothing yet, it’s only in the “Request for Information” phase – so don’t panic. This idea is only in the beginning stages.