By Ling-Mei Wong
The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the New Boston Fund celebrated progress on One Greenway with a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 6 across from the construction site on Hudson and Kneeland streets. While construction began seven months before, the event gathered community members, former Hudson Street residents and local public officials.
“One Greenway connects Chinatown to the rest of the city, while maintaining a wonderful neighborhood identity,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
The site borders Chinatown and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, with 363 residential units in two buildings. One Greenway has 146 designated affordable units, with completion of the 312-unit North Building facing Kneeland Street set for summer 2015.
“Sixty years ago, the community had housing here, but it was torn down by the highway,” said Rich Davey, secretary and CEO of the Mass. Department of Transportation. “This is for you.”
Paul Lee, Hudson Street resident and ACDC board president, spoke about the Asian community coming together to build One Greenway, much like the original Hudson Street neighbors. “We knew each other and made each other feel welcome. In the 1950s, we felt powerless to stop the highway. Now with community organizing, we have a stronger voice.”
The project includes 135 garage parking spaces, approximately 8,500 square feet of retail and community space, and public open space. One Greenway is on Parcel 24, which used to be an on-ramp for I-93.
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