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The Pryde in Boston, MA will be New England’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior affordable housing complex.

Vandals Attack The Pryde Construction Site in Boston

The Pryde — New England’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior affordable housing complex that is currently under construction in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, MA — suffered a vandalism attack over the weekend.

The action has drawn community condemnation, including by project partner NEI General Contracting.

“We are disgusted by the messages spray painted on the signage outside our job site and we are cooperating with the investigation by the Boston Police Department,” said Josef Rettman, president of NEI General Contracting. “The hateful and homophobic messages discovered over the weekend have no place on our job site or anywhere in the communities where we work so hard to develop much-needed affordable housing. NEI focuses on building for good and we stand united with the LGBTQ community. This will not impact our work on The Pryde. If anything, it deepens our resolve as it shows the importance of developing safe housing for LGBTQ seniors.”

The Pryde is a joint development by Pennrose and LGBTQ Senior Housing, Inc., that will convert the former William Barton Rogers School into 74 units of accessible mixed-income housing for seniors. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

This project is a renovation of an existing school with multiple additions to the building. The original building was 102,000 square feet, and the final project will be 139,500 square feet. Developers are targeting LEED Silver certification.


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NEI General Contracting's Rettman

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