For Immediate Release
July 18, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman, Viet AID, and Fields Corner Main Street today joined city officials and community members in celebrating the grand opening of the $12M mixed-use smart growth development Viet-AID’s 1460 House with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Four businesses in the mixed-use building also received new storefronts that were funded by a $5,000 grant from the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development’s ReStore Program.
“The 1460 House is a testament to the hard work and creativity of the people of our city. It adds 43 new affordable units to our housing stock, has been built to the highest of standards for energy efficiency, and — located across the street from the MBTA’s Red Line — will serve as a model transit-oriented site” said Mayor Menino. “I want to thank Viet-AID and Fields Corner Main Street for their vision and commitment to this important project in Dorchester.”
The 1460 House development was made possible in part, by a total City of Boston contribution of almost $2M in DND HOME funds and Neighborhood Housing Trust funds. The development also received $500,000 as one of the first Boston projects funded under the City’s Green Affordable Housing Program (GAHP). The project was built to be LEED Silver certifiable and Energy Star compliant, incorporating a number of sustainable and green features, which will lower energy costs.
The new four-story brick building replaces an under-utilized site that was the former location of Mickey’s Bar. It also redeveloped the public pedestrian walkway that connects residents from Adams Street to the Fields Corner MBTA Station. Public funds and private local business owners funded the building. The project also includes 6,200 square feet of new, ground floor retail space sold as commercial condos to local businesses. The development significantly revitalizes the streetscape of this section of Dorchester Avenue and has created more pedestrian foot traffic for the businesses in the area.