DND holds Heath St. parcels meeting

Following a Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting in April where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND slated a follow-up on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models.

The meeting, scheduled after the Gazette deadline, was expected to include precise local income data and terminology, including descriptions of proposed housing models like affordable rentals and limited-investment co-ops. The intent was to get everyone on the same page before DND starts looking at site planning or possible sketches, DND Senior Development Officer for Housing John Feuerbach told the Gazette.

The parcels total almost 29,000 square feet and include 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker St., 58-62 New Heath St. and the parcel listed in property records as “Ward 10, number 02457000.”

The City acquired them through tax foreclosures and is planning their development as the last stage of the 15-year-old Heath Street Planning Initiative.

The stretch of S. Huntington Avenue between Huntington Avenue and Heath Street has three major housing projects underway, creating several hundred new units of market-rate and luxury housing.

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