Friday, February 12, 2010

DEVELOPMENT: St. Polycarp Village

Question/Comment:  At a community meeting, residents expressed interest in learning more about fruture plans for the St. Polycarp housing project.

City Update 2/12/10:  The Saint Polycarp Village is a project of the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC).  The site was formerly owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and SCC purchased the land in 2006 to revitalize a neglected  land at a key entrance point into Somerville. The project aims to convert this area into a vibrant community.  The Saint Polycarp Village Apartments were completed in 2009 and are the first of three phases of new construction on the site. This project included 24 affordable one, two, and three bedroom apartment units, as well as retail space. All units will be affordable to families earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income, including 4 units reserved for clients of the Department of Mental Health and 2 units for homeless individuals. Green features for the building include a green roof and ultimately solar PV (electric) and solar thermal (hot water) panels.  SCC is currently planning for the two additional phases, including the construction of  60 affordable rental units, a community room, open space and a playground on the site.

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