The city might use money from its affordable housing fund - contributed to by past developers - to encourage construction of housing that would accommodate resident artists, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority director John Palmieri.
Palmieri met with a group of concerned residents and artists from the area last week about the lack of housing. "They made some very strong points, to put it mildly," he said.
"We're in agreement," said Palmieri. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, he said, "clearly believes residential development is critical to the redevelopment of that district. It's in the plan."
City officials and residents of the area are faced with a strong commercial market that could leave the Summer Street corridor dominated by office and retail uses, shutting out families, and in particular artists who used to live in the neighborhood.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Boston Theatre - Fort Point Battle Continues
From today's Boston Globe: