A plan to create a mix of 46 housing units and community spaces for low- and moderate-income families in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood received the first-place prize at the 17th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition.
The first-place winner was announced during a special awards ceremony at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA on April 26. The competition drew six entries from groups of graduate students interested in architecture, real estate, planning, finance and policy who teamed up with local affordable housing organizations.
The winning proposal, The Batson, was presented by a student team from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Doma Homes and Urban Edge Housing Corp. The Batson aims to transform a half-acre site with two boarded-up homes and another residence in Roxbury’s Egleston Square. More than 80 percent of the units include two- or three-bedroom units, and the development features community spaces on the ground floor for mingling, supportive services and play space. The first-place team received $10,000.
The competition was sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Kevin P. Martin & Assoc., Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Kuehn Charitable Foundation, ICON Architecture Inc. and Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.
Awards were also presented to:
—Banker & Tradesman (May 4, 2017)