Mary Ellen McCormack Master Plan
New Residential Buildings
Community of Opportunity Center
CBT is the master planner for the redevelopment of the famed Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development. The visionary 15-year master plan for the 26.7-acre site lays out the framework for a much-needed upgrade that will transform the oldest public housing development in New England into a vibrant mixed-use community.
Constructed in the early 20th century, the existing complex is currently comprised of more than 1,000 subsidized public housing apartments, 18 mid-rise buildings, and 16 townhomes – all of which lack many modern 21st century features. The plan will replace older structures with a new mixed-income development, including one-for-one replacement of the existing subsidized units, the addition of moderate-income and market units, small business retail, community building and resident programs, and a centrally located public square. All residential buildings will include at least 20% permanent affordable units, which will be distributed evenly throughout each mixed-income building.
The proposed master plan, to be implemented in phases, will create an all-inclusive community intended to create stronger physical and social connections throughout and with the surrounding neighborhoods. Phase One of the project comprises an approximately 18-acre area largely situated on the northern part of the site. This first phase will deliver a total of 1.51 million gross square feet across eight new mixed-use, residential buildings, and a new 25,000-square-foot Community of Opportunity Center dedicated to creating an economically, socially, and racially diverse and inclusive neighborhood.
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