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4198 Washington in Roslindale, MA

Boston Rejects Affordable Housing Redevelopment Project, Cites Parking

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal has ejected a zoning relief application for a proposed development at 4198 Washington Street in Roslindale, MA, citing a lack of parking for residents.

Developer Arx Urban had hoped to replace a one-story retail building with a mixed-use building that included 31 housing units, of which at least 40% would have been affordable.

According to Arx Urban, the neighborhood offers multiple transit options, including commuter rail and buses. The company had also planned to subsidize CharlieCards for residents, provide bike storage, and lease off-street parking within a half mile of the site.

Urban planner Karin Brandt, president of the Boston-based community engagement platform coUrbanize (of which Arx Urban is a client), fears the decision will stifle construction of affordable housing in the area. “The community wanted this project. When will our cities stand up and place more importance on affordable housing instead of parking spaces or, rather, people over cars?”

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Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group. When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as he makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.

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