The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp. has filed plans for a 43-unit, $20-million apartment building at 9 Leyland St. in Dorchester, with all the units to be rented to senior citizens making no more than 60% of the area median income.
The five-story building would go on what is now a vacant lot across from a community garden, according to the non-profit group's filing with the BPDA. It would have 41 one-bedroom units and two with two bedrooms, all handicap accessible. The building would have nine parking spaces.
Dorchester Bay says the program will have facilities and services aimed at its senior residents:
The building and its spaces are being designed specifically to promote aging-in-place for its residents, many of whom may be downsizing for the first time from homes within the neighborhood. The intent is to provide housing that allows aging residents to remain in the community as opposed to needing to move to costly assisted living facilities located in removed locations to meet their housing and support needs. Amenities such as a large community room provide space and opportunity for residents to socialize, exercise, and learn. The space is designed with storefront glazing in order to publicize community and socialization, as well to create an atmosphere of interior/exterior occupancy. Additional common spaces on floors 2 and 5 provide smaller scale spaces for more intimate socialization and community building. Within these smaller common spaces are laundry rooms, so that any resident is no more than 1 floor away from access to laundry.
Dorchester Bay says it is looking at partnerships with local providers of health and wellness services for programs such as fitness classes, nutritional workshops and various social services.
In addition to providing affordable housing for seniors, the new building will help the neighborhood, the group says:
Activating this underutilized lot will eliminate existing safety and health risks associated with a vacant lot, which have invited illicit activities such as the sale and usage of drugs. A ground floor street-facing community room will also activate the streetscape and add "eyes on the street" that will contribute to creating a safer street atmosphere within the neighborhood block.
9 Leyland St. small-project review application (7.3M PDF).