Fenway CDC is well known for our success at providing affordable housing opportunities for Fenway residents. We have, on our own and in partnership with others, developed nearly 500 affordable homes, housing about 1,500 people, including people with AIDS and mental illness, seniors and families.
Our housing work in the future will focus on preserving the existing affordable housing in the neighborhood and creating additional affordable opportunities, particularly for families, through partnerships with private developers and our institutional neighbors.
Applying for Housing
Fenway CDC properties are managed by independent management companies. If you are interested in renting or buying affordable homes, please contact:
70 Burbank Street
Boston, MA 02115
The Fenway CDC Properties
15-25 Hemenway Street Cooperative
Fenway CDC worked with the residents and the Massachusetts Historical Society to preserve homes and assure long term affordability of the 24 apartments. The resident co-op provides affordable homes for a range of income groups.
71 Westland Avenue
This 20-unit property has been owned and operated by Fenway CDC since 1986. In 2000, Fenway CDC completed a substantial rehab on the building.
In March 1990, Fenway CDC acquired and rehabilitated a foreclosed lodging house on Hemenway Street as part of collaborative project that included the Department of Mental Health and the AIDS Action Committee. Two years later Fenway CDC had succeeded in creating "supported housing" for people with chronic mental illness, AIDS/HIV and other special needs. Hemenway House is home to 13 residents, with on-site staff who provide services to residents.
In 1985, 53 units in two five-story buildings at 64-70 Burbank Street were converted to condominiums by Bill Lilly, the self-proclaimed "Condo King". Lilly sold the majority of the shoe box-size units to absentee owners who sought to make a quick profit on their investment.
By the early ‘90s, with the collapse of the real estate market, 64-70 Burbank Street had become a case study in the pitfalls of absentee-ownership and real estate speculation. In 1992 Fenway CDC rescued this failed condo and the surrounding neighborhood from absentee owners and from the drug dealers and prostitutes that were overrunning it by initiating a four-year legal battle and political campaign to gain control of the buildings. In 1995 the Fenway CDC refurbished the buildings into 34 apartments, 27 of which are affordable to low- and moderate-income residents. In addition, reclaiming these buildings has done much to restore a sense of safety and stability to Burbank Street and surrounding blocks.
In 1990, Fenway CDC completed construction of the first new construction housing development since the 1930’s at the corner of Kilmarnock and Peterborough Streets. 108 Peterborough included 55 mixed-income units. In 2006, Fenway CDC converted the buildings to condominiums. It has retained sold ownership of the 22 affordable units and the remaining 33 market-rate apartments.
West Fenway Apartments
The West Fenway Apartments at 110 Peterborough Street were developed simultaneous with and alongside the Fenway Views project. It is comprised of 52 affordable apartments for elderly and handicapped residents, including the first apartments in the nation set-aside for people with AIDS and HIV.
Westland Avenue Apartments
In 2006, Fenway CDC completed the renovation of Westland Avenue Apartments, 96 units of mixed-income housing in four buildings near Symphony Hall. Fenway CDC purchased the buildings in order to preserve affordability that was at-risk as federal affordability restrictions were about to lapse.