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The Fenway is an exciting area made up of famous academic, medical, arts, and cultural institutions. Additionally, the Fenway has a residential neighborhood, a business community, and the jewel of Fenway: the centennial ballpark that is the home of Boston Red Sox. Every year, many people from various cities throughout the United States and all over the world visit the Fenway to live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about the challenges and opportunities in the Fenway, and how Fenway CDC works to improve the quality of life for residents and build a healthier community.

2021

OUR LADYS GUILD HOUSE NEWS COVERAGE

After long dispute, Fenway women’s home poised to become affordable housing for good 

“Our Lady’s Guild House is committed to ensure that the vast majority of the building is affordable housing,” Norton said….The Fenway CDC and Planning Office of Urban Affairs — an affordable housing developer affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston — would be interested in purchasing the building and turning it into permanent affordable housing, Giordano said…”Tenants for years have argued that the owners and management company were discriminating against older residents, trying to push them out, raise the rents, and replace them with students.”

“The city’s been working on this issue for a decade now, and we are pleased that the current owners are going to sell this really important asset to create permanent affordable housing…” Dillon said. “We are very hopeful that 100 percent of the units at this address would be deed-restricted, long term affordable housing.” Read more at Boston Globe.

Controversial Fenway Roominghouse Offered to Affordable Developers 

“Owners of a Fenway roominghouse under fire for discriminatory rental policies have hired Colliers to market the property, which is being sought for acquisition by a pair of affordable housing developers.” Read more at Bankers & Tradesman.

CDC SEEKS TO SAVE HOUSING FOR WOMEN 

“William Grogan, President of POUA, sees preserving OLGH as a key piece in addressing Boston’s affordable housing crisis. ‘It’s critical to make strong efforts to preserve housing like Our Lady’s Guild House with restrictions in place that will ensure it can remain affordable for the next generation,’ Grogan said. Read more at The Boston Guardian.

RECLAIM OUR LADY’S GUILD HOUSE: RESIDENTS AND ACTIVISTS CALL FOR TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO TWO BOSTON NON-PROFITS 

“In addition to blatantly discriminating against seniors and those with disabilities, the Daughters and Roos have imposed illegal fees, and violated other landlord-tenant and consumer protection statutes. Senior OLGH residents have identified Fenway CDC and POUA as potential new owners for the building. Leaders of both organizations have offered their respective commitments to returning the rooming house to its charitable mission…” Read more at Boston Sun.

BUS 55 BUS NEWS COVERAGE

Fenway Residents Rally for Full Restoration of Service on the #55 Bus 

“Several months after rallying for restoration of the 55 bus after it was suspended, Fenway residents, organizations, and businesses are calling for complete restoration of service on the bus line, which has been running on a summer schedule since the spring.” Read more at Boston Sun.

Fenway Residents Seek Full Return of Bus Route 55  

“Fenway resident Charles Martel talks about efforts to get full restoration of the service from the No. 55 bus, even extended to connections at Park Street, and with capacity for the area’s expected growth in housing and jobs.” Watch video at BNN.

Bus Riders Demand MBTA Restore Full Service 

“Residents rallied in the Fenway Sunday to demand the MBTA restore full service on a local bus line… Neighbors said the community relies heavily on public transit, calling for the stops to be restored and service extended to nearby Park Street.” Read more at WHDH. Watch video.

Dozens rally at MBTA stop in Fenway to restore bus schedule  

“Fenway resident Charles Martel talks about efforts to get full restoration of the service from the No. 55 bus, even extended to connections at Park Street, and with capacity for the area’s expected growth in housing and jobs.” Read more at WHDH.

Fenway residents plan to rally for return of Route 55 bus to pre-pandemic schedule  

“A lot of elderly and disabled people can’t make the nearly 15-minute walk I have to take to Kenmore Square to catch the Green Line to Park Street and then the Red Line to MIT,” she said. “For people who are working, the new schedule’s not feasible at all.” Read more at Boston Herald.

Community Rallies for the 55 Bus  

“There is a gap in public transit for residents who rely on it the most…many Fenway elders rely on the 55 [bus] for grocery shopping appointments, and other activities.” Read more at Sampan.

Bus 55 video coverage Channel 25.

BURBANK TERRACE NEWS COVERAGE

Fenway CDC Receives Announcement of State and Federal Funding Award for Burbank Terrace. On July 15th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Burbank Terrace, Fenway CDC’s 27-unit 100% affordable new construction project at 72 Burbank Street, has been awarded funding through the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  Burbank Terrace is among 28 recently awarded projects in the Commonwealth to receive direct subsidy and state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits from DHCD for the creation of affordable rental housing. The City of Boston is also supporting the project with $2.8 million in its own funds. Fenway CDC is excited about this incredible opportunity to expand access to affordable housing in the Fenway. Congratulations to all of the awarded projects!

Health Care Institutions Invest in Tenant Protections for Community Health. Fenway CDC was named the lead agency for a $500,000 “focused investment” grant from the BIDMC initiative in December 2020. Along with four partner groups, Fenway CDC will use the grant to “organize and campaign at the city and state level to move legislation, budget items, and policies that will increase funding for affordable housing and rental subsidies, further fair housing, and improve tenants’ rights.” Read article from Shelterforce.org

2020

Fenway Porchfest Organizers Produce Music Video in Lieu of Events’ Cancellation This Year. Read article from Boston Sun.

Fenway CDC and the Schochet Companies closed $53 million Tax Credit Equity and Construction Financing for Newcastle Saranac Apartments in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood in Boston. Read press release here

2021

After long dispute, Fenway womens home poised to become affordable housing for good

“Our Lady’s Guild House is committed to ensure that the vast majority of the building is affordable housing,” Norton said….The Fenway CDC and Planning Office of Urban Affairs — an affordable housing developer affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston — would be interested in purchasing the building and turning it into permanent affordable housing, Giordano said…Tenants for years have argued that the owners and management company were discriminating against older residents, trying to push them out, raise the rents, and replace them with students.

“The city’s been working on this issue for a decade now, and we are pleased that the current owners are going to sell this really important asset to create permanent affordable housing…” Dillon said. “We are very hopeful that 100 percent of the units at this address would be deed-restricted, long term affordable housing.” Read more at Boston Globe.

Controversial Fenway Roominghouse Offered to Affordable Developers

“Owners of a Fenway roominghouse under fire for discriminatory rental policies have hired Colliers to market the property, which is being sought for acquisition by a pair of affordable housing developers.” Read more at Bankers & Tradesman.

2019

Mayor Walsh, Fenway CDC program partners and supporters, The Schochet Companies property management staff, and residents celebrate the preservation of 97 homes at Newcastle-Saranac. Read more at this link. Watch the preservation of Newcastle-Saranac Celebration here (video: 57 seconds). The full event link is here. (video: 47 minutes 31 seconds).

Fenway CDC’s Burbank Gardens was featured in CEDAC’s report:  2018 Data Demonstrates Effect State and City Efforts on Affordable Housing Preservation.

WGBH interviewed Fenway CDC’s Director of Policy and Community Planning, Richard Giordano about the displacement crisis and pressing need for more affordable housing. Watch video here.

Catholic order agrees to halt evictions of rooming house residents amid AG proble – The Boston Globe. Read more

2018

Burbank Gardens:

Listen to the BNN interviews of stakeholders at Celebrating the Preservation of Burbank Gardens event.

Major renovation of the 52-Uni Burbank Gardens in Boston is Underway, Resulting from $14.3 Million in MassHousing Financing. Read more

Burbank Gardens in Bankers and Tradesmen. Read more

Listen to the BNN interviews of stakeholders at Celebrating the Preservation of Burbank Gardens event.

Airbnb:

Short-Term Vacation Rentals Impact Neighborhood Stability. Read more
Airbnb Hosts Upset After Boston Votes To Regulate Short Term Rentals. Read more
The City Council voted unanimously to regulate Airbnb and its peers. Read more…

February 2018

City may pass AirBnB ordinance. Read more

Listen to the BNN interviews of stakeholders at Celebrating the Preservation of Burbank Gardens event.

Major renovation of the 52-Uni Burbank Gardens in Boston is Underway, Resulting from $14.3 Million in MassHousing Financing. Read more

Burbank Gardens in Bankers and Tradesmen. Read more

Listen to the BNN interviews of stakeholders at Celebrating the Preservation of Burbank Gardens event.

October 2017

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, funders, program partners, and residents joined Fenway CDC to celebrate the preservation of Burbank Gardens to rehabilitate 52 homes to protect residents from displacement.

Mayor Walsh joins community members to celebrate preservation of 52 units of affordable housing in the Fenway. Read more…

Listen to the BNN interviews of stakeholders at Celebrating the Preservation of Burbank Gardens event.

April 2017

CEDAC commits $8.5 million to preserve affordable housing in the Fenway. Fenway CDC will be rehabilitating 52 homes at 31 Burbank Street to prevent residents from displacement. Read more…

April 2017


Check out the latest news and events in the Fenway. Look out for Fenway CDC’s Career & Resource Fair information. Read more…

March 2017


Read the latest happenings in the Fenway and look out for Fenway CDC’s Annual Meeting info. Read more…

January 2017


MACDC Presented Richard Giordano, Fenway CDC’s Community Organizing Director with Ricanne Hadriane Award. Read more…

2016


November 2016


Temporary Dorm Plan Gets An Airing. Read more

September 2016


Fenway CDC to Acquire Burbank Gardens. Read more

June 2016


Fenway CDC brings fresh produce to the Fenway. Read more

April 2016


DHCD Awarded Good news for our donors! DHCDC awarded Fenway CDC $150,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits. Read more