City officials, neighborhood advocates, and residents gathered to celebrate the opening of a new senior rental housing development in the heart of Mission Hill earlier this month, Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office said.
Mayor Walsh, the Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, and other local officials unveiled the newly constructed Maria Sánchez House, a $15.6 million, 40-unit transit-oriented affordable senior rental housing development December 19, Walsh’s Office said in a statement. The facility is named after the mother of Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, who was a strong advocate for the Mission Hill Community. Members of the Sánchez family were also in attendance, Walsh’s Office said.
“This is the result of many years of hard work and many partners,” Representative Sánchez said in a statement released by Walsh’s Office. “Naming this for my mother honors her work and commitment to the Mission Hill community she loves with all her heart, but also represents all those community members who dedicated years to creating a vision for Roxbury Crossing that is now being realized. This is only the first step and I expect Mission Hill NHS to soon move across Gurney Street to Parcel 25 as the next step.”
Units in the development will be available to individuals who are 62 years old or older who earning 50 percent of the area median income or less, Walsh’s Office said. The building contains 40 one bedrooms apartments, two elevators, central AC, and onsite laundry.
“It is critically important to maintain and add to our affordable housing market in the city, especially for our seniors who have helped make Boston the great city that it is today,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement released by his office. “I want to congratulate Mission Hill Housing Services on reaching this milestone today. I’m proud that together with our partners we are able to create affordable homes for our seniors, offering residents convenient access to the services they need in a place that they are proud to call home.”
Beatrice Bell is a vendor and a writer for Spare Change News