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 $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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