New style rental housing for seniors gets green light

LONDON: A new style of affordable rental housing for seniors has finally been given the green light.

A VietAID-led proposal to build a senior rental housing complex on Hamilton Street in Dorchester won approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board last Thursday (Jan. 13). The project will replace an existing two-family home with a four-story, L-shaped building that will house 36 units, all of them income-restricted for seniors aged 62 and up. Nine of the units will be targeted for people transitioning from homelessness. The building will also include a community and game room for residents.

The new building will be sited on three parcels of land— 25,29, and 33 Hamilton St.— that comprise about 19,359 square feet of space, much of it currently vacant. The project will include 13 parking spaces and 18 bicycle spaces. According to the BPDA, the proponents anticipate that the project will receive funding from city and state agencies to help keep the project affordable. VietAID presently maintains a portfolio of 123 units of housing in Boston, all of which are considered affordable.