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Old Colony

Welcome to Old Colony
265 East Ninth Street, South Boston
In March of 2010, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced an award of more than $22 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin redevelopment of the Old Colony public housing development in South Boston. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) competitive grants to fund “green” public housing transformation projects across the country.

Built in 1940, the Old Colony development is currently the most physically distressed site in the BHA’s federal portfolio, with aged systems and infrastructure and an annual energy and water cost of over $4,000 per unit. The site is one of the largest in the BHA’s portfolio and is comprised of more than 16 acres of 873 apartments in 22 three-story brick walk up buildings.

The funding will be combined in a public-private partnership to begin a long term transformation of the Old Colony site. This partnership is expected to generate $60 million in redevelopment funds for phase one. Phase one will include building up to 150 new units of housing and a new community center. The Master Planning process will include participation with Old Colony residents and the broader South Boston neighborhood. The new housing at the site will include a variety of building types to house existing residents.

A major emphasis of the redevelopment will be the inclusion of green building and energy efficient measures. Building envelope, interiors, and systems will be designed to achieve an optimum standard in green and healthy housing. The Community Center, as the focal point for community gatherings and programs, will showcase the green elements of the project in its structure and systems as well as in visual, educational displays about sustainability and conservation at the site. Resident self-sufficiency services will also be provided for job connection and training, transportation, educational and recreational and wellness opportunities.

Construction of this phase is expected to begin in late fall of 2010 and is expected to be completed by summer of 2012.

Location
Old Colony is located in South Boston by the sea. There are a variety of shops and services close by and it is a short walk to Castle Island, Carson Beach and Moakley Park, popular walking, fishing, and picnicking areas. The L Street Curley Gym and Bathhouse is also within walking distance. South Bay Shopping Mall, home to Super Stop & Shop, Old Navy and Home Depot, is easily accessible by a free shuttle from Andrew Station. A local Boys and Girls Club and South Boston Neighborhood House help provide parental support and activity groups for children and teens. There are several churches in the area as well. The Perkins Elementary School is next to the development.

Health care is available at the South Boston Health Center and the Boston University Medical Center and Boston Medical Center are a short bus/car ride away.

Transportation
Andrew Station (Red Line)

MBTA route 5

MBTA route 10 MBTA route 11


Programs and Services*
Old Colony offers a wide range of amenities, programs and services to help you feel at home, including:
  • Boston Public Library branch on-site
  • Head Start Program
  • Senior Center
  • South Boston Health Center branch
  • Large playground
  • Full-time maintenance and management staff located on site
  • South Boston Collaborative located on-site, which offers a number of social services for families and children
A Place to Call Home

Please call us at 617-988-5083 (TDD: 800-545-1833 x420) if we can answer any questions or be of assistance to you.

For More Information

*Some programs and services may change depending on funding and the needs of the residents.

Visit the Old Colony Task Force online at http://oldcolonytaskforce.com/


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