Groundbreaking celebrates creation of affordable housing in downtown Boston

48 Boylston Groundbreaking with Gov Baker

L to R: Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America; Mayor Martin Walsh; Lisa Alberghini, POUA; Cardinal Seán O’Malley; Governor Charlie Baker; Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin; and Karen LaFrazia, St. Francis House all sign a metal beam that will be installed during the renovation.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, we broke ground at 48 Boylston!

Cardinal O’Malley, Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, POUA President Lisa Alberghini, and St. Francis House President & CEO Karen LaFrazia were joined by leaders from business, government, and the private sector to celebrate the groundbreaking of this affordable housing development in downtown Boston. Check out photos!

From the beginning, we knew there was no better use for the renovation of this building than creating affordable housing.

Five years ago St. Francis House and the Planning Office embarked on a partnership to develop affordable housing at 48 Boylston Street. Since the beginning we shared a vision to create new affordable housing for those who are working but struggle to live in a home they can afford, and for people experiencing homelessness, especially those who are chronically homeless, and to provide the supports necessary to ensure they could thrive in their new home.

We took advantage of a unique opportunity. It is not often that one project can accomplish so much.

This renovation will preserve a beautiful piece of architecture, create 46 new units of affordable housing, enable us to relocate our administrative offices so we can expand our support services across the street and will create a new street level business that will add to the vitality of the neighborhood and provide training and employment opportunities.

But fundamentally the redevelopment of this property into affordable housing is helping to build an inclusive neighborhood; one that values social and economic diversity where people of all means will live together.

Nothing is more destabilizing to a community and to a human life than homelessness and poverty and nothing does more to rebuild a life than ensuring that every person can have a home and live with dignity.

This historic renovation will preserve the stone and the spirit of this building.  By using this building to create affordable housing we are ensuring that people will find stability in the lives and that everyone has a place in this community.

We are so thrilled that in just one short year, 46 men and women will call this building home!

Thank you to all of our partners for making this project possible.

From the very beginning, residents and business owners alike embraced this project.

We are grateful to all our elected officials, especially Mayor Walsh, Secretary Galvin and Governor Baker, for their support, making this project possible. Because of their leadership and commitment to affordable housing, men and women once homeless will live a new life contributing to and enjoying in the vitality and prosperity of this neighborhood.

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For media coverage of this event, please see our page covering 48 Boylston Street.