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POAH and Caste Capital named to redevelop Boston's West End public library

December 13, 2023

Mayor Michelle Wu, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, and the Boston Public Library (BPL) today announced that the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Commission has tentatively designated the development team of Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Caste Capital to redevelop the West End branch of the Boston Public Library on Cambridge Street. The renovation will include a new two-story branch library and 119 income-restricted units of housing above the library through the Housing with Public Assets initiative, an innovative new program designed to maximize the use of municipal properties for the public good.  

“POAH has been invested in the West End since 2012 when we acquired The Blackstone Apartments, a key senior affordable housing resource in a rapidly developing neighborhood,” said Aaron Gornstein, President and CEO of Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH).  “We are excited to further expand access to affordable housing in a neighborhood of opportunity that once housed generations of diverse, lower-income Bostonians. The new development at 151 Cambridge Street will be a community resource, underpinned by a re-envisioned library and a sustainable, intergenerational affordable housing community.”

read the Mayor's press release

rendering of the future development