April 8, 2015
Fairmount Corridor Benefits from Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow
Michael Chavez stays busy as our Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. (2013-2016) He contributes design and sustainability expertise to enhance the transit-oriented-development projects of the Fairmount Corridor CDCs. He is helping Codman Square NDC to make the 22-unit “Church Lots” new construction homeownership project the "greenest" affordable homeownership project in the region. With a grant from the Department of Energy Zero Net Energy Building program, Michael is helping the project to achieve outstanding energy efficiency—including solar-- far below the state’s Stretch Energy Code requirements --while keeping costs affordable.
For Dorchester Bay EDC’s 147-unit Cottage Brook Apartments modernization project, Michael is working on energy and water conservation measures that may include installation of living roofs and a water infiltration system—perhaps the first in the area.
He also helped to launch the Living Roofs on Bus Shelters initiative, begun in Codman Square. The project partner Trevor Smith of Land Escapes, trains local youth to install and maintain plant materials on top of select bus shelters in the Fairmount Corridor. The project is a model for water conservation and environmental cooling techniques.
Michael has a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and is a LEED AP. He previously worked as the Director of Project Development and Management at YouthBuild Boston and with local firms--Boehm Architecture and studio TROIKA.
Residents Speak Up on What Boston Can Do About the Housing Crisis
Hundreds of Boston residents packed a City Council hearing on rising housing costs in Boston, Tuesday, April 7th and heard proposals and current efforts to stop the increasing displacement of people from their homes and businesses due to rising rents.
Codman Square NDC Executive Director, Gail Latimore, was on the panel to address the Council. She said that much of the good work, including developing an Eco Innovation District and working to develop new stops on the Fairmount/Indigo Line “has attracted higher income people to the Codman Square neighborhood.” A study done by the NDC documented dramatic increases in rents in some sections of Codman Square from 2000 to 2012. “Some of our neighborhoods are quietly becoming out of reach for our residents,” she said.
She encouraged the Council to investigate the role of financial institutions in turning down long-time homeowners for loans to refinance their homes. She also suggested that the City increase linkage fees, among other policies, to provide more affordable housing.
The Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative wants to make sure that long- time residents who have worked for improvements in the Fairmount Corridor can remain in their homes and reap the benefits of their work over so many years.
Other allies at the hearing included Right to the City, the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Boston Tenant Coalition.
Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Center Wins Award!
Congratulations to Dorchester Bay EDC for winning the 2014 Redevelopment and Renewal Award for Social Impact for the Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Center on Quincy Street. The award is sponsored by the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives and recognizes outstanding brownfields redevelopments.
REMINDER! Help to Sponsor a Fairmount Greenway Sign!
Did you forget to donate money to help build the Fairmount Greenway? There is still time to donate. We’ve reached 75% of our goal. The Fairmount Greenway Task Force and the City of Boston will install new signs and pavement markings this spring to identify 6 miles of the 9 mile route. A $10 donation will help buy 2 small signs and $50 will buy 1 large sign. All donations are tax deductible.
Click here to sponsor a sign