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July 19, 2013

MBTA land project welcomed

Councilors hoping complex includes affordable housing units

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Income limits used for the recent marketing of an affordable unit here were as follows: one person household, $47,150; two-person household, $53,900; three-person household, $60,650; and four-person household, $67,350.

Mayor Donna Holaday was not available this week to comment on the proposed apartment complex.

On the topic of affordable housing, Holaday recently said, “We want more rental units; we want seniors and in-laws and our children to be able to live here ... An increase in the number of affordable units will provide more diversity regarding the kind of residents we have here.”

Holaday said her team is investigating sites for creating more rental units. City officials will investigate whether the Brown School, when closed, can host rental units, she said.

City officials appeared pleased that the empty acreage near the train station will be built upon, but the construction would be represent another project to impact high-traffic areas in the city.

Lane disruption is beginning near the I-95 bridge due to the rebuilding project there, and the roundabout at the intersection of Spofford and Merrimac streets (adjacent to the Hines Bridge) won’t be finished until spring, municipal leaders say.

The apartment project on MBTA land is adjacent to the busy rotary on Route 1, and construction would have the potential to slow traffic there as well.

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