By Yukun Zhang, Dorchester Reporter Correspondent
April 10, 2019
A $1.8 million state grant will help fund a much-anticipated plan to convert a parking lot at Mattapan Station into a mix of affordable housing and retail space. Officials, led by Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh, gathered in a tent on the site on Tuesday morning to announce the news.
The Mattapan Station development, proposed by non-profit developers Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Nuestra Comunidad, would transform an underutilized parking lot into 135 housing units, of which half will be affordable, along with commercial/retail space and community room on the ground floor. A second building with 9 homeownership units is also planned.
The developers hope to be awarded state rental housing tax credits, which are essential for them to finance the estimated $67 million project.
Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO of POAH, told the Reporter that the development team hopes to be able to begin construction on the project “by the end of the year.”
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