Housing with Public Assets
In February 2018, we asked local communities and developers whether combining housing and public assets would work in Boston. We also asked where it should be done. City departments worked together to release a Request for Information and a list of public assets for consideration. We are excited to share with you:
- all 24 of the responses to the Request for Information
- what we have learned so far from the responses, and
- what’s next for Housing with Public Assets in Boston.
Why we did this
Cities in the U.S. and around the world have begun co-developing housing and public assets. This type of effort can bring down costs and benefit communities.
- supports the rehabilitation and repair of City buildings
- grows our housing stock, and
- increases housing affordability.
We’re always exploring ways we can improve core City assets quickly and efficiently. This includes libraries, fire stations, and community centers. We also care about housing. For the City, that means integrating deeply and moderately affordable units with market-rate units.
We’ve studied how other cities have co-located City assets with housing. By redeveloping, rehabilitating, or rebuilding City assets with housing and other mixed uses, we might be able to give residents:
- improved structures
- better services, and
- more housing opportunities.
We wanted to see if there was interest for this idea in Boston. We also wanted to find where it makes sense to pursue it in the City. Visit the “Results” section to see what we have learned so far.