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JCHE's project places third in the Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition

Posted: June 17, 2011

As part of tje 11th annual Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development competition sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, a team of ten graduate students from Harvard and MIT worked with our staff to develop plans that could someday be new JCHE affordable senior housing. The site for the proposed project is a parcel of land owned by Boston Redevelopment Authority adjacent to Leventhal House on our Brighton campus.

The third place win was quite prestigious -- in fact, all eight teams in the competition developed impressive plans. The students were thorough in their work. They consulted our residents, area businesses, neighbors and political leaders, as well as explored the technical options. The interdisciplinary team included urban planning, finance and architecture students with JCHE as developer, design mentors (Elaine Kelly Garrett and Kim Market from Shepley Bulfinch), a faculty advisor (Reingard Goethert, MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning) and financial mentor (Michael Rosenberg of Bank of America) to develop a viable plan to build affordable housing.

The team developed plans for a project they titled LINKAGE at Brighton. On the selected site, which is adjacent to a JCHE parking lot, the team proposed a free-standing, multi-level building with 65 one-bedroom apartments.  An enclosed walkway between LINKAGE and Leventhal House would provide direct access for residents to utilize all the programs and facilities available on our Brighton campuse.  In addition to providing highly needed affordable senior housing, the proposed building would offer wonderful opportunities to connect with the neighborhood. A children's day care was suggested for the entry level of the building and a playground for the neighborhood could be considered to offer additonal open space.

These ideas are very exciting but for now, we are busy concentrating on launching Shillman House and modernizing Ulin House. Thanks to this student team, these ideas offer excellent food for thought for our future.

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