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Non-profit proposes 42 affordable apartments in two buildings off Talbot Avenue in Dorchester

151 Spencer St. rendering

151 Spencer St. rendering by Studio Luz Architects.

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. last week filed plans for new apartments in buildings on Spencer Street and New England Avenue.

At 151 Spencer St., at Talbot Avenue, the non-profit would replace a former auto-repair building and parking lots on two city-owned lots with a four-story building with 19 apartments - seven with one bedroom each, eight with two bedrooms and four with three bedrooms. All would be rented to people making no more than 60% of the Boston area median income.

The building would have eight parking spaces; the site is within a five-minute walk to the Talbot Avenue stop on the Fairmount Line and several bus lines.

25 New England Ave. rendering:

25 New England Ave. rendering

At 25 New England Ave., off Talbot Avenue, Codman Square is proposing a four-story building with 23 apartments, also to be rented to people making no more than 60% of the Boston area median income. The building would have five three-bedroom units, with the rest split between one and two bedrooms, across the street from the 40-unit complex the group is now building.

The building, next to the Fairmount Line and a block from the Talbot Avenue station, would have 12 parking spaces.

151 Spencer St. documents and schedule.
25 New England Ave. documents and schedule.




I loved Legos as much as anyone as a kid, but I think today's architects are taking it a little too far.

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12 parking spots, well in that case, build away.

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Love adding affordable housing, heavily dislike building parking so close to rail transit. If they dropped parking might be able to go from 42 affordable units to over 50. We need housing a lot more than parking.

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Finally. A CDC who cares about creative and unique design! Kudos for selecting such a unique firm and embracing an out of the box design. This is great! Yes! Just because it's affordable housing doesn't mean you have to cut corners on design in order to get subsidies. We hear this a lot :(

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If by "great architecture" you mean "another ugly box with black windows", well, sure, I guess, but you set the bar awfully low. Not "out of the box", just "box".

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