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星期六, 5月 18, 2024

華埠居民請波士頓市街道長巡視 促請政府改善出行安全

華埠民眾圍聚在華埠牌樓前,向政府要員陳情。 (周菊子設)
         (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 波士頓華埠民眾日前匯聚在華埠牌樓前,向波士頓市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge,以及州市議員陳述街道、人行道凹凸不平,交通號誌不足,垃圾罰單亂飛,區域氣溫過熱等問題,促請市府盡速改善,並與華埠持續溝通進展。

波士頓市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge (中)應市議員Ed Flynn   (右)之邀,
進華埠和民眾面談。麻州眾議員麥家威(Aaron Michlewitz,左)也出席聆聽。
(周菊子攝)
                                波士頓市計畫發展局 (BPDA) 今年2月進華埠,說明因應華埠民眾要求,在重新規劃波士頓市的市中心(Downtown)區域時,將把華埠分割出來,做獨特規劃後,波士頓華埠總體規畫委員會就進一步的和波士頓市府有關單位聯繫,還草擬了一封信,列舉議題,希望市府針對華埠所面對的各種環境狀況,研擬改善方法。

                  波士頓市議員愛德華費連 (Ed Flynn)為此居間安排,邀得波士頓市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge親自進華埠,聆聽民眾心聲,並實地視察相關問題。

在盧善柔(左四)的中英雙向翻譯中,波市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge
做回應說明。(周菊子攝)
              轄區包括華埠的麻州眾議員麥家威 (Aaron Michlewitz)這天特地率同助理Luigi Natale到場了解民情。麻州參議員Nick Collins也派助理Haley Dillon出席,追蹤晤談過程。波士頓市鄰里服務局副主任Christopher Breen也由華埠聯絡員黃楚嵐陪同出席。

             

波士頓華埠商會副會長陳文珊(右)請市府解決不公平的垃圾罰單問題。
(周菊子攝)
透過愛德華費連議員助理盧善柔的中英文雙向翻譯,華埠社團組織負責人與耆英們紛紛陳述希望市府解決或改善的問題,包括道路施工遍佈各處,人行道凹凸不平,十字路口交通號誌燈光時間不足,街道旁雙排停車等與行人安全、街道維修,市容觀瞻有關的許多問題。

             亞美社區發展協會主任劉安琪指出,早在5年前,波士頓市府就承諾過,要為華埠做許多街道改善工程,包括昆士小學校長司徒玉英所提的慢速行駛號誌不夠,學童安全堪虞,也還沒解決。近期以來則是道路施工後,未鋪平,或未重劃斑馬線等交通標誌

左起,昆士小學校長司徒玉英,亞美社區發展協會主任劉安琪和民眾紛紛發言。
王文在(Wenzheng Wang,中)是街道長辦公室新進人員。(周菊子攝)
波士頓華埠商會副會長陳文珊陳述,不少商家因為別人亂丟的垃圾而收到罰單,很不公平,他們曾經向市府公共工程局 (PWD) 陳述,卻無下文,希望州市相關人員可以回應並協助解決此事。

晤談中也有民眾追問,愛丁堡羅街上的騰皇閣已空置將近20年,有礙市容觀瞻。當天也出席活動的業主李衛新回應道,計畫年底前著手改建為一個社區活動中心。

華美福利會執行長陳美霞(中)也趕來發表意見。(周菊子攝)
             波士頓市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge就前述問題做簡單回應,表示將與公共工程局,警察局溝通後,在華人前進會會員引領中,走到必珠街與聶街交界處,聆聽民眾申訴該處街道味道難聞,人行道坑疤滿佈,對老年人及殘障人士的出行安全形成極大威脅。

             華埠土地信託會主任駱理德為華埠總體規畫委員會草擬了列舉前述各項議題的清單之外,還追蹤要求舉行後續會議,期盼市府首長及民代進一步著手解決問題。

華埠耆英居民們見到麻州眾議員麥家威(Aaron Michlewitz,左二)
格外高興,紛紛透過鄺寶蓮(右一)的翻譯,像麥家威表達心意。(周菊子攝)
              這天有不少波士頓華埠社團首長出席,除前述個人外,紐英崙中華總會會長余麗媖,紐英崙中華公所英文書記阮鴻燦、董事黃國威、鄭慧民,何遠光,華人經濟發展協會副董事長Allan Chin,華埠主街主任何陳素真,波士頓華埠商會副會長黃展唐,華人前進會社區組織員鄺寶蓮等人都在現場。華美福利會執行長陳美霞也在巡視時到場陳情。


華人經濟發展協會副董事長Allan Chin (右)在聶街向波士頓市街道長Jascha Franklin-Hodge
闡述他看到的問題。中圍華埠土地信託會主任駱理德。(周菊子攝)

劍橋合唱團2024年度公演唱出「千年之歌」

劍橋合唱團2024年公演。(周菊子攝)
              (Boston Orange周菊子麻州報導) 在波士頓已有30多年歷史的劍橋合唱團 (CCCS) 511日以「千年之歌」為主題,在顏毓芬博士指揮中,32名團員從「橄欖樹」唱到「療癒世界 (Heal the world)」的推出一場中西合璧年度公演。

劍橋合唱團音樂總監暨指揮顏毓芬謝謝波士頓僑教中心主任潘昭榮出席。
(周菊子攝)
             
陳韋同 ()和劉姮秀()、林泓安()依序,將於今秋接任劍橋合唱團的
團長、副團長。 (周菊子攝)
歷經四個月籌備,劍橋合唱團今年公演以流行歌為主軸,加上該團從去年下半年起,想要推廣的在美國出版中文歌,共挑選了9首不同年代中英文流行曲,橄欖樹、雪花的快樂、菊花台、你是我的眼、六祖壇經、兩隻老虎、一千年 (A Thousand Years)、表面 (Shallow)、療癒世界 (Heal the world)

              其中劍橋合唱團想要推廣,在美國已經出版了的中文歌曲有2首,一首是六祖慧能的「六祖壇經-菩提本無樹」,以鋼琴、小提琴和人聲獨唱做主旋律,由一位中文很好的猶他州教授Reed Criddle創作;另一首是童謠改編的「兩隻老虎」,在美國是「Are you sleeping」,在法國是 Frère Jacques。顏毓芬說,對於想要演唱中文歌曲的美國團體來說,這2首是其中比較容易入門的歌曲。來美幾年,還是第一次來聽劍橋合唱團演唱的顧宗浩和楊智晴說,這場音樂會的歌聲、燈光、場地都棒,同時納入那麼多不同風格,跨越年代曲目,尤其是「兩隻老虎」中英文版一起唱,更讓人印象深刻。麻

              波士頓僑教中心主任潘昭榮也說,地方僑團豐富僑胞生活,宣揚來自臺灣文化的活動,當然要出席支持,何況還能聽到那麼多好歌。

劉晰寧伴奏。(周菊子攝)
         這場音樂會不但有指揮顏毓芬解說每首歌的創作背景,還邀請劉晰寧鋼琴伴奏,王樂晴拉小提琴,也安排了數名團員在歌曲中出列獨唱,整體鋪排更顯豐富。 當天的音樂會在安可聲中再唱一次「療癒世界」後落幕,臺下觀眾爭相上台「獻花」,優雅會場,一下子熱鬧十分,歡樂無比。

              劍橋合唱團在會後透露,現任團長華人德訂今秋卸任,該團已選出麻省理工學院陳韋同接任團長,劉姮秀、林泓安兩人出任副團長。

音樂會還安排有獨唱幾句的環節。(周菊子攝)

             

            

麻州政府撥1200萬元抵稅優惠給54個社區組織

 Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Nearly $12 Million in Community Investment Tax Credits 

Funding will support 54 Community Development Corporations across the state 

CHESTERFIELD – Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll and Housing and Livable ommunities Secretary Ed Augustus joined Community Development Corporations (CDCs) from across the state to announce nearly $12 million in Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC).  

The CITC Program was created by the Legislature in 2012. It was designed to improve economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income households and other residents in urban, rural, and suburban communities across the commonwealth. The program works through Community Development Corporations (CDCs) partnering with nonprofit, public and private entities to accomplish these objectives. This is the 11th year of program funding, and today’s announcement will support 54 CDCs.  

“These funds are a powerful tool for our local Community Development Corporations to help address our state’s housing challenges,” said Governor Healey. “The CITC program provides them with the flexible tools they need to fund new programs, fill funding gaps and leverage other resources to support their communities.” 

“We are thrilled to support our local Community Development Corporations that are creating economic prosperity in our neighborhoods,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “CITC funding is just one piece of our administration’s strategy to increase our housing supply and lower costs so more people can live, work and stay in Massachusetts.”

Lieutenant Governor Driscoll and Secretary Augustus made the announcement at the Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield to underscore the importance of our partnerships and to highlight the significant role these neighborhood organizations play in addressing our housing challenges. 

In addition to these grants, Governor Healey has proposed to make permanent and expand the statewide cap on allocations under the Community Investment Tax Credits from $12 million to $15 million with the Affordable Homes Act. This change would mean CITC funding could be used to attract $30 million in investments, from the existing $24 million cap. 

"We understand how valuable this funding is to our local community developers,” said Secretary Augustus. “Our CDC’s need the flexibility and resources to provide opportunity for our low-and moderate-income residents. These funds, combined with expanding the cap in the Affordable Homes Act will make a big difference in our local communities.”   

The 54 applicants received credit allocations between $50,000 and $300,000, for an overall 2024 awards recommendation totaling $11,670,000. The remaining $330,000 credits will be available for rolling awards.   

Today’s announcement was part of the administration’s statewide Housing Campaign to call attention to the urgent need to lower housing costs throughout Massachusetts. Events last week focused on identifying housing solutions with the business industry, ending veteran homelessness, the impact of housing on health care, the importance of investing in the state’s public housing and the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s partnership with cities and towns to find housing solutions.   

Statements of Support:   

Angie Liou, Executive Director of Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston:  “The Asian Community Development Corporation is excited about our 2024 Community Investment Tax Credit award, which will enable us to fund resident and youth leadership development opportunities and placekeeping initiatives. Since 2014, CITC has leveraged significant amount of private donations to sustain our community development work in Chinatown and low-income Asian immigrant communities.”  

Meridith Levy, Executive Director, Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust, Roxbury:  Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust received its first allocation of tax credits in 2023.  We were able to put all of our credits to use, supporting our agenda to stabilize neighborhoods by taking homes off the speculative market through a model of community governance and permanent affordability.  The CITC program helped us increase our fundraising by 50% last year.  

Lydia Lowe, Chinatown Community Land Trust, Boston:  “Chinatown Community Land Trust relies on the Community Investment Tax Credit to support a wide range of neighborhood stabilization strategies, from taking small properties off the market to preserve as permanently affordable housing to planning green space expansion and resilience measures for an environmental justice community to exploring development of a Chinatown Historic and Cultural District. Operating support from our CITC donors allows the community to set our own agenda and develop new models.”  

Yun-Ju Choi, Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell:  “CITC is an invaluable tool for increasing funding for our community development work. It has huge community impact, and we are grateful to the Commonwealth for its commitment to assuring that community development corporations like Coalition for a Better Acre have access to this type of flexible funding that helps us respond quickly to emerging community needs. And we thank the many donors who have demonstrated their commitment by participating in CITC.”  

Jay Coburn, President & CEO, Community Development Partnership, Eastham: "The impact that the CITC program has had on our organization has been transformative -- allowing us to increase private sector support for our work by almost 2000%. It inspires our donors to step forward in a significant way, enabling us to expand our programs to tackle the barriers and disparities Lower Cape residents face in securing affordable housing and building businesses that offer better-paying, living-wage jobs.”  

Karen Frederick, Chief Executive Officer, Community Teamwork, Lowell:  “We are more than excited to have been awarded additional CITC credits this year.  The CITC Program has helped us increase our local donor base over the past 10 years, and positively impacted our ability to provide programs and services for those most in need. Most recently, the increase in funds the CITC program has generated, enabled us to complete the construction of much needed permanent supportive housing units for individuals experiencing Homelessness, providing a profound impact on the community we serve.”  

Steven Farrell, Executive Director, Fenway CDC, Boston: 

“Thanks to EOHLC and our donors, the Massachusetts CITC program has enabled Fenway CDC to increase our organizational capacity, expand programs and services, and strengthen collaborations with public and private supporters. These unrestricted funds empower the Fenway community to work for housing policies that prevent displacement and homelessness and address racial disparities. Our focus on increasing access to affordable housing, resident services, workforce development, and community planning and organizing improves lives and enhances our vibrant, diverse community.”  

Thomas Kegelman, Executive Director, Home City Development, Springfield:  “Home City Development, Inc. has been working for over fifty years in the City of Springfield and surrounding towns, supporting efforts to produce and maintain decent, affordable housing for families and individuals, improving lives for tens of thousands of individuals.  But housing cannot solve all the challenges that our residents face—food scarcity, joblessness, and inadequate health care—are only some of them.  Without the CITC program, we would be unable to support our residents with programs that supply food, jobs, healthcare and, most importantly, the hope for a better future.”  

Sara Barcan, Executive Director, Homeowner's Rehab Inc., Cambridge: “As a first-time CITC recipient in 2023, HRI is thrilled to receive a second allocation of credits this year. Thanks to CITC, we’ve already seen a significant increase in philanthropic support for our climate resiliency, housing development, resident services and home improvement activities. We’re putting those dollars to work for the people whom we serve, in Cambridge and five other communities.”   


Anne Kuszpa, Executive Director, Housing Nantucket, Nantucket: “With twenty-three rental homes currently under construction, the ability to allocate state tax credits not only illuminates our work but also offers a rewarding incentive to our generous donors. Receiving the Community Investment Tax Credit award significantly amplifies Housing Nantucket's capacity to positively impact lives. It paves the way for our collective vision where every individual has access to safe, affordable housing that fulfills their needs. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Healey-Driscoll administration for bestowing us with this invaluable privilege.” 


Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Boston:  “We are grateful for the new Community Investment Tax Credit allocation for IBA, which will help us have a deeper impact in our community. CITC has been a transformative force across the Commonwealth. For organizations like IBA, this funding creates an expanded pathway for community-driven housing development and for economic opportunities for our residents.  Additionally, these funds are crucial in propelling our initiatives forward and giving us the latitude and flexibility to be innovative and responsive to community needs.” 

Philippe Jordi, Executive Director, Island Housing Trust Corp., West Tisbury “The Island Housing Trust is thrilled to have received the maximum allotment of community investment tax credits for 2024. In 2023, we were able to leverage nearly $680,000 in donations with the aid of CITC. This program not only encourages our donors to give back to their Island community but empowers participants to substantially increase the impact they would normally make by utilizing tax credits.  Over the past 10 years CITC has been transformative in building the Island Housing Trust's capacity as the leading nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Martha's Vineyard.   We are beyond grateful to both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities for the continuation of this invaluable initiative.”   

Carl Nagy-Koechlin, Executive Director, Just A Start, Cambridge: "CITC is instrumental in supporting Just A Start's extensive housing and economic initiatives in Cambridge and surrounding communities. This includes developing 312 units of affordable housing over the next five years and assisting 314 low-income taxpayers in reclaiming $638,335 in refunds. We're grateful to local donors for their investments in this transformative work and for the CITC program for making these investments go twice as far."  

Jessica Andors, Executive Director, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence:  CITC has been absolutely critical in helping LCW to build a strong base of support for our community programs, and to innovate according to community needs and aspirations. CITC has helped us send young people to college, develop effective new workforce training programs, and tackle the state's affordable housing challenges.  We are so grateful for the increased award and the ability to reach new donors and expand our capacity. 


Emily Haber, CEO of MACDC:  “The CITC program is vital in providing critical, flexible, financial support that enables CDCs to achieve their missions. CITC continues to be a significant success as the funds raised through the program go toward projects and programs that are approved by members of a CDC’s community.”  

J. Stephen Teasdale, Executive Director, Main South CDC, Worcester:  “Since its launch, the Community Investment Tax Credit has proven to be a hugely effective vehicle for leveraging financial contributions to support the work of the Commonwealth’s Community Development Corporations. Since 2014, the CITC program has succeeded in leveraging over $100 million of revenue that has allowed CDC’s statewide to deliver creative economic development opportunities and much needed affordable housing for the diverse communities that they serve.”  

Marc Dohan, Executive Director, NewVue Communities, Fitchburg: “NewVue Communities is grateful that the Healey-Driscoll administration has been such a strong proponent of the Community Investment Tax Credit program.   The Community Investment Tax Credit program allows NewVue to continue to support our work to support residents, communities, and the region. The recent award of Community Investment Tax Credits will help NewVue invest in the local communities we serve by assisting small businesses, helping tenants purchase their first home, building affordable housing and developing local leaders.  Incentivizing financial support for community development corporations has become a critical tool as we raise funds to fuel our work.”   

Mickey Northcutt, CEO, North Shore Community Development Coalition, Inc.:  “CITC has been a game changer for North Shore CDC. We are so grateful for the continued investment and excited to leverage these credits as always to bring in even more private support.”  

N. Paul TonThat, Executive Director, Nuestra Comunidad, Roxbury: "The CITC program is an ideal way to support community-driven initiatives, such as Bartlett Station, Nuestra CDC’s award-winning project that is an integral piece of the revitalization of Roxbury's Nubian Square. Thanks in part to contributions from CITC donors, Nuestra and our partners will complete Bartlett Station next year, creating 323 new homes in 10 Silver LEED certified buildings,

more than 54,000 square feet of locally-owned retail and commercial space, and the Oasis@Bartlett community park and art gallery that will feature the work of local artists of color.”  

John Robinson, Board Chair, Revitalize CDC, Springfield: "We are thrilled to be awarded $150,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) for 2024. These credits are fundamental to expanding our donation pool as well as increasing the amount donated by our current supporters that in turn allows us to serve more low-income families in need of critical home repairs.  Our hope is that the state legislature votes to eliminate the CITC sunset clause and to increase funding for the program from $12M to $15M annually." 

Gonzalo J. Puigbo, Chief Executive Officer, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville:  “The Community Investment Tax Credit has helped us support programs that are sometimes outside our scope of work, but highly necessary in our communities. During our workforce development work, one of our First Source Job Coaches revealed to us, that single women whom we coached to find jobs, were not retaining them. Our staff member encouraged us to create a Women Empowerment Program in which we provide a support system that not only support their jobs, career aspirations and goals, but also a place, where they can talk freely about their challenges and create a community of advocacy and care, so that they can feel empowered and move ahead. 

Without funding from CITC, we could not have made that happen, because these funds provide a flexible approach to act locally, when there are gaps for these types of funding.”  

Jeanne DuBois, Executive Director, Southwest Boston CDC, Hyde Park: “Southwest Boston CDC deeply appreciates the wonderful CITC award. It has been so critical to attract both individual investors as well as small businesses & larger corporations, banks, and foundations. These funds also give us flexibility to support our expanding green initiatives as well as much needed organizers & real estate project managers.”  

Rafael Mares, Executive Director, The Neighborhood Developers, Chelsea: "The Neighborhood Developers (TND) works every day to expand the inventory of affordable homes in Chelsea, Revere, and Everett. The Community Investment Tax Credit allows our donors to do more and therefore fuels our ability to achieve greater impact. This program is a win-win for the commonwealth and our cities. We are grateful for our 2024 CITC award and thank the Commonwealth for this support."  

Alex Breiteneicher, Executive Director, Valley CDC, Northampton:  “We are grateful for EOHLC’s commitment to community development across the Commonwealth! The Community Investment Tax Credit is critical for small CDCs like Valley and this award will further our work of increasing equity through affordable housing and small business opportunities.”  

Daria Gere, Executive Director, WATCH, Waltham:  “The CITC program is a great opportunity for our supporters to invest in Waltham’s social safety net while attaining tax benefits. With the increased support resulting from the CITC donations, WATCH has been able to grow our vital community programs - ESL and other adult education classes, housing assistance, emergency housing and rent arrears grants, and job and financial management coaching.  We can provide all these services for free to our community thanks to the donations made through the CITC program!”  

Keith Fairey, President & CEO, Way Finders, Springfield: 

“The CITC program is essential. It is uniquely positioned to help generate donations for Way Finders and our programs. The 50% tax credit is a vital incentive for attracting new supporters and for current donors to invest more. We are very grateful for CITC. So are our supporters.”  

星期五, 5月 17, 2024

傅聰國際協奏曲比賽訂8月17、18日舉行 即日起接受報名

           (Boston Orange) 中華表演藝術基金會訂81718日在新英格蘭音樂學院舉辦2024年傅聰國際協奏曲比賽,即起開放報名,67日截止收件。比賽冠軍將可贏得獎金5000元,和水星交響樂團合奏榮譽。

本屆的傅聰國際協奏曲比賽,指定曲為 拉赫瑪尼諾夫D小調第三號鋼琴協奏曲,作品 30

新英格蘭音樂學院、卡內基美隆大學和波士頓音樂學院的鋼琴教授Jung-Ja KimSergey SchepkinMichael Lewi,水星樂團的音樂總監及指揮余建寧 (Channing Yu ),以及前波士頓環球報(The Boston Globe)資深樂評, 曾任范克萊本、克理夫蘭、仙台(Sendai)等國際鋼琴大賽評審的Richard Dyer 等人將擔任評審。

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MBTA Advances Nearly 1,000 Units of Housing Through Collaborative Agreements, Including Significant Affordable Housing

 MBTA Advances Nearly 1,000 Units of Housing Through Collaborative Agreements, Including Significant Affordable Housing

 

ATTLEBORO – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is proud to announce the completion of five Collaborative Agreements to Advance Housing Transit-Oriented Development Projects within the past year under the leadership of MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng, including the 18.98-acre site at Attleboro Station. The agreements represent a cross-section of Memorandums of Agreement (MOA), purchase and sale agreements, easements, or amendments to existing agreements that make these projects possible. These agreements have enabled the development of nearly 1,000 housing units, many of which are affordable, demonstrating the MBTA’s commitment to supporting housing development in concert with local communities.

 

Today, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities Ed Augustus and MBTA General Manager Eng joined Attleboro officials to highlight this site, which is the culmination of a vision that began over 30 years ago under the Administration of the late Judy Robbins, former mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who first conceived the plan for the development of this land.

 

“Housing near public transit is good housing policy, it’s good transportation policy, and it’s good climate policy,” said Housing and Livable Communities Secretary Ed Augustus. “Massachusetts is in desperate need of more affordable housing. The Healey-Driscoll Administration is committed to working with our local communities and the MBTA to repurpose underutilized land and transform it into vibrant, livable communities. This housing means more opportunities for families to thrive and call Attleboro home.”

 

In addition to these collaborative agreements, the MBTA and its development partners have also recently completed and opened several new housing projects, further contributing to the region’s housing stock. Today’s event was part of the Administration’s statewide Housing Campaign to call attention to the urgent need to lower housing costs throughout Massachusetts. Yesterday, the Administration announced $12 million in Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) to 54 Community Development Corporations across the state. Events last week focused on transforming public housing, identifying housing solutions with the business industryending veteran homelessness, the impact of housing on health care, and the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s partnership with cities and towns to find solutions.

 

“We know that a sound transportation system is vital to ensuring and improving quality of life for riders, communities, and businesses that we serve. These collaborative agreements are a testament to the power of partnerships as we all strive to address the need for housing,” said MBTA General Manager Eng. “When we invest in public transportation, we are investing in vibrant and sustainable communities. We thank the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in this critical work as we do our part to support the creation of housing developments that are affordable and equitable.”

 

The MBTA’s Transit-Oriented Development and Innovative Delivery (TOD/ID) program fosters sustainable growth and improved transit access by partnering with developers, municipal and state agencies, and other stakeholders. This collaborative approach has led to successful transit-oriented development projects at Assembly Station, Jackson Square Station, Wonderland Station, and North Station.

 

“In Attleboro and beyond, the key to solving our housing shortage is boldly building more homes and various types of housing across price points,” said Attleboro Mayor Cathleen DeSimone. “We must commit to moving beyond the traditional single-family home and embrace again multi-family housing, mixed-used developments, smaller homes and smaller lot sizes, and accessory dwelling units. Adding homes near transportation hubs is one important way of advancing both our housing objectives and the state’s climate initiatives. If we want to continue welcoming working families to live and thrive here, building more housing is essential to the economic and cultural future of Attleboro and the Commonwealth.”

 

The five MBTA Transit-Oriented Development Collaborative Agreements are as follows:

 

  • Attleboro: In Attleboro, the MBTA executed an MOA with the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority (ARA) for a land swap and future sale of MBTA property, which will be combined with ARA property to support up to 600 units of housing adjacent to Attleboro Station – its largest transit-oriented-development yet.
  • Salem: In Salem, the MBTA partnered with the Salem Redevelopment Authority to combine MBTA land with City-owned land, enabling the Winn Companies to build a 120-unit mixed-income housing project, including 48 affordable units, next to Salem Station. This project was a key priority for Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll during her tenure as Mayor of Salem.

  • Winchester: Similarly, in Winchester, the MBTA collaborated with the Town to sell a parcel of land, which was combined with the Town’s property to facilitate Civico’s 56-unit housing project at Winchester Station, featuring 40 affordable units.

  • Boston: In Boston, the MBTA relieved the nonprofit Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services of an outstanding mortgage obligation on a former MBTA property, allowing the nonprofit to advance a 100% affordable housing project of up to 94 units near Roxbury Crossing Station.

  • Swampscott: Lastly, the MBTA also provided a long-term easement to the Winn Companies in Swampscott, enabling a 114-unit mixed-income housing project adjacent to MBTA tracks, with 76 affordable units.

 

“The Healey-Driscoll Administration has made key investments in both housing and transportation across the state,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “Today’s event reinforces our commitment to delivering a transportation system that can strengthen the state’s economy, provide access to employment and housing, and improve the quality of life for all our residents.”

 

Looking ahead, the MBTA is working to advance redevelopment at key transit hubs such as Quincy Center, Riverside, and Alewife stations. The Agency is also supporting the construction of over 1,800 units of market-rate housing and 500+ units of affordable housing in communities across its service area, with an additional 6,000 units in the design and planning review phases.

 

“We appreciate the support of the MBTA to increase the land offering for our project and look forward to the successful expansion of housing opportunities in Attleboro,” said Attleboro Redevelopment Authority Chairperson Rose Larson.

 

The land surrounding the Attleboro Station has a long history of industrial use and contamination. The site of Renaissance North and bus loops was once home to Automated Machine Products - North, while the site of One Wall Street housed Automated Machine Products - South and the Old Barn. The area immediately south of the Commuter Rail platform was previously occupied by a police station, Department of Public Works laydown yard, and municipal landfill. Further south, the land at Olive Street was once a chemical company site, with an outbuilding that caught fire. Over the decades, these parcels were contaminated by various sources. Through the collaborative efforts of MassDevelopment, MassDEP, MassDOT, the FTA, the City of Attleboro, and the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority (ARA), these parcels were acquired and remediated to allow for dense residential use. This massive undertaking has prepared the land for its future purpose.

 

Looking ahead, the ARA is set to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as the first of two steps in selecting a Master Developer to guide the redevelopment of the transit-oriented development land. The RFQ will enable the ARA to identify a pool of qualified development teams with the necessary experience and financial capacity to undertake a project of this scale. In addition to assessing the qualifications of interested developers, the ARA will use the RFQ to better understand each team’s abilities, portfolio, and vision. This information will help the ARA craft a more prescriptive Request for Proposals (RFP) in the second step, which will be released directly to the developers selected in the RFQ process. The RFP will require certain project elements, such as a minimum percentage of affordable units, open space, and engagement of woman- and minority-owned businesses in the development.

 

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

 

State Representative Adam J. Scanlon:

 

“Housing insecurity is the largest generational challenge that Bristol County has been tasked with yet, but every challenge presents an opportunity. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in the City of Attleboro in their effort to expand housing production to make our Commonwealth competitive and affordable. Our region has the best schools and quality of life services that our Commonwealth has to offer. It is up to all of us to ensure that the next generation can continue to enjoy those services, but most importantly, call places like Bristol County home.” 

 

Representative State Jim Hawkins (D) 2nd Bristol District, Attleboro:

 

“This opportunity to plan for the future began with a vision from the past and will be realized present time. Transit-oriented development has proven to make cities like Attleboro more sustainable, people-centered places. Rethinking old patterns of expansion will allow for more employment opportunities, grant access to quality public spaces, reduce air pollution and energy consumption, and enhance economic activity. Secretary Augustus and General Manager Eng have shown support for those of us advocating at the local and state levels, commitment, and forward-thinking in their respective areas of expertise. Together, we are dedicated to growing and changing the Commonwealth for the better.”

 

State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough), whose Senate district includes the City of Attleboro:

 

“For many Attleboro residents, living in the community means taking advantage of the city’s proximity to both Boston and Providence through the downtown MBTA Commuter Rail station. Attleboro’s work to co-locate housing within its downtown footprint represents the very best of what transit-oriented development can be, and it ought to serve as a model for these types of planning initiatives across the Commonwealth. I commend the collaborative work and ongoing partnership between state and municipal officials who for decades have worked together to overcome hurdles and build investments that provide Attleboro residents with new transportation and housing opportunities they deserve.” 

 

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