After 26 months of construction and many years of planning and negotiation, the Charlesview Residences is nearly complete. On Friday, August 30th, the City of Boston granted Certificates of Occupancy for the last 5 of the 22 buildings to come on line. That milestone marks the completion of major construction work on the site, leaving only some landscaping, common area items, punch list items, and final paving to be done.
This Friday, September 6th will mark another major milestone – the completion of resident relocation from the old Charlesview Apartments in Barry’s Corner to the new Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills. Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) worked feverishly through the summer with tremendous help form Charlesview’s property management to move approximately 200 households in only 11 weeks. The families and individuals who have called Charlesview home for years worked hard to prepare for the moves and have been incredibly patient with the whole disruptive process of moving and the inevitable bumps in the road. Over the next month, these long time Charlesview residents will be joined by additional new residents from the long waiting list until the Charlesview Residences’ 240 homes are full.
So, what comes next?
JM-A’s construction team will work diligently over the next few weeks on the final remaining items. At the same time, everyone involved in the property will prepare for HUD’s REAC inspection – which will enable the property to participate in a major subsidy program. Peabody Properties will work to lease up the remaining homes from the waitlist while keeping the property running well. All of the financial participants in the development project will work towards final closings to fully transform Charlesview from a construction project to a healthy, operating property.
The two items perhaps most important for the whole community will be the growth of programming at the Josephine Fiorentino Community Center and the construction of the Brighton Mills Homeownership townhomes. Charlesview, Inc. is ramping up to bring a variety of communiity programs to the Fiorentino Center. The Community Builders is working diligently to follow through on its promise to provide middle-income homeownership opportunities at Charlesview by beginning work on the Brighton Mills Homeownership townhomes on parcels on Holton and Litchfield – stay tuned over the fall for updates on that project.