Construction is underway on the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Boston’s Jackson Square neighborhood.
The project involves the development of two six-story buildings, which will include 223 affordable and moderate-income apartments, a new Anna Mae Cole Community Center, and ground-floor commercial space.
A recent groundbreaking for the project also marks the first phase of the Centre Street Partners (CSP) collaboration, involving The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., and Urban Edge, which was designated by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) to redevelop a portion of the public housing site.
Over the next decade, CSP will develop a five-phase project to replace seven residential buildings with seven new buildings and approximately 673 homes, preserving 253 affordable units for current residents and creating approximately 420 new units for low- and moderate-income families. The project is designed with a “build first” model that prioritizes on-site relocation wherever possible to minimize disruption for residents.
Residents in the 253 public housing units slated for redevelopment will have a right to return to a brand-new apartment at Mildred Hailey once construction is complete. Approximately 516 remaining units of public housing at Mildred Hailey will remain in the public housing program under BHA ownership and will receive comprehensive modernization because of a $50 million funding commitment from Boston mayor Michelle Wu.
Mildred Hailey’s redevelopment is possible because of funding provided by the housing authority, city of Boston, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, MassHousing, Community Economic Development Assistance Corp., Santander Bank, Raymond James Affordable Housing Investments, Dorfman Capital, Chase, and Eastern Bank.
Consigli will lead construction of the first two buildings with design by PCA Architecture.
Overall, the five-phase Mildred Hailey redevelopment is anticipated to cost approximately $400 million, which includes a community center, commercial space, roads, infrastructure and public outdoor space.