Mayor Menino Marks Construction Start For Howard Dacia Homes
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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2002
Released By:
Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
DeWayne Lehman
dlehman.dnd@ci.boston.ma.us

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today marked the start of construction for Howard Dacia Homes with a site visit, at the corner of Dalkeith Street and Howard Avenue in Dorchester. Howard Dacia involves the new construction of 12 buildings totaling 26 affordable rental units (14 three-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom) on city-owned, vacant land. The designated developer of the project, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra), partnered with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) on community planning and design review.

"I'm happy to see the beginnings of what I'm sure will be another successful housing development in the DSNI area," Mayor Menino said. "This much-needed affordable housing will bring new life to this neighborhood, and I'm proud the city is a partner in this development."

Mayor Menino was joined by Charlotte Golar Richie, Housing Chief and Director, Department of Neighborhood Development (DND); Sandra Henriquez, Director, Boston Housing Authority (BHA); Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director, Nuestra; Kate Racer, Associate Director, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); Ray Weaving, Director of Lending, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC); Clark Ziegler, Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing Partnership; Thomas Gleason, Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing Trust Fund; Andrew Winter, Development Officer, MassHousing; Julio Henriquez, Board Member, DSNI; Senator Dianne Wilkerson; Representative Gloria Fox; City Councilor Charles "Chuck" Turner; and local residents.

Nuestra worked collaboratively with DSNI on the community planning and design review for the Howard Dacia project and its companion project, Sargent Street Homes. These two projects are part of a larger DSNI-sponsored planning effort in this area of Dorchester, known as the Dudley Triangle, to develop affordable housing. As part of this effort, DSNI, in close collaboration with local community groups and residents, sponsored several planning meetings to discuss the future use of city and private vacant land. As a result, several affordable housing projects have broken or will break ground shortly, developing nearly 100 units of affordable housing. Projects include Nuestra's Sargent Street Homes, Howard Dacia Homes, Dorchester Bay EDC/New Vision Community Development Corporation's Sister Clara Muhammed Coop, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation's Fenwick Gardens and Bird Street Estates.

Funding for Howard Dacia was provided by DND ($284,974 CDBG funds, $376,888 HOME funds, and $163,212 Lead Abatement funds), BHA (has committed eight Section 8 Project-Based Assistance subsidies to the project), MHP ($921,000 permanent loan), MHIC ($2,798,594 Tax Credit Equity), DHCD ($100,000 Housing Stabilization Funds), Massachusetts Affordable Housing Trust ($1,000,000), and NRC ($75,000 grant).

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