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Downtown Affordability Within Reach?

As we prepare to usher in a new year, something rarely seen in today’s market is also upon us. The developer Related Beal has begun work on a downtown apartment building where EVERY unit will rent at BELOW-market rates. Downtown is prime real estate so this endeavor is very shocking as developers could get top dollar for such apartments. Their efforts are especially applauded as it called for a hefty $230 million budget. 

The Related Beal project offers a template for other developers to meet the city’s goal of building more housing that middle-income residents can afford. The 14-story building at Beverly and Causeway streets in the Bulfinch Triangle near North Station will house 239 apartments priced at rents affordable to low- and middle-income tenants.

About half the units are aimed at renters earning mid-range incomes — up to $78,800 for a two-person household — with the rest set at rents for lower incomes. A family of four that earns $78,800 a year, for example, could rent a two-bedroom apartment for $1,628 a month, in a neighborhood where similar new apartments could be twice that price. 

When you are doing good for the community, you have to be creative in recouping the financial loss. Related Beal designed the project to also include a 220-room hotel, to help offset the development costs and make it easier to charge lower rents. This is exciting because it demonstrates that developers can impact their community with a little creativity. Areas like Mattapan and Roxbury could greatly benefit from creative projects like this to boost the local economy, provide affordable housing and rid neighborhoods of abandoned buildings. 

Related Beal is writing a road map that could help other builders finance more affordable housing in Boston. The issue with our housing is that middle income renters suffer the most. Generally, they earn too much for heavily-subsidized apartments but can’t afford the high-end apartments that are quickly taking over.  

Construction will likely take about two years and possibly a record breaking influx of applications for the lottery. We will be following this history making project so sign up for our blog to stay current on the progress and to learn more about the Boston real estate market.

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adapted from The Boston Globe