Chinatown community celebrates groundbreaking for 67 affordable housing units

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Chinese Economic Development Council had a groundbreaking on May 20 for its 60,000-square-foot housing development at 10 Oxford Place. Construction will start June for 67 affordable housing units, with completion set for summer 2015.

“I’m proud that the City of Boston’s commitment to this project will create 67 units of affordable rental housing for working people in Chinatown,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “The construction of Oxford Ping On will rebuild and preserve an important portion of Boston’s Chinatown community. We are proud to partner with an exemplary team of builders and designers.”

The Chinese Economic Development Council (CEDC) had a groundbreaking on May 20 for its housing development at 10 Oxford Place. (Left to right) Consigli Construction president Anthony Consigli, CEDC board chairman Edward Chiang, Mayor Marty Walsh, City Council President Bill Linehan and state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 華人經濟發展協會在5月20日為牛津里10號住房發展項目舉辦開工儀式。 (從左至右)Consigli施工公司總裁Anthony Consigli、華人經濟發展協會董事長蔣宗壬、市長華殊、市議會議會長林乃肯、以及眾議員麥嘉威。 (圖片由黃靈美提供。)

The Chinese Economic Development Council (CEDC) had a groundbreaking on May 20 for its housing development at 10 Oxford Place. (Left to right) Consigli Construction president Anthony Consigli, CEDC board chairman Edward Chiang, Mayor Marty Walsh, City Council President Bill Linehan and state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The $26.7 million project is developed by the CEDC and funded partly by the City of Boston, which contributed $5.5 million. It will generate about 100 construction jobs.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is a momentous occasion for Chinatown,” said Edward Chiang, CEDC board chairman. “This is a transformational project that will result in much-needed, modern, efficient and comfortable residences for this community.”

The 11-story building will replace a parking lot with 48 studio apartments, 16 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Four of the 67 units will be handicap-accessible.

“Housing means prosperity, blessing and fertility in the Chinese culture,” said Amy Guen, long-term Chinatown resident. “We will have a lot of growth in our Chinese way in Chinatown.”

The project is designed by Chia-Ming Sze Architect and will be built by Consigli Construction.

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Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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