Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is a nonprofit developer, owner, and operator of more than 10,000 affordable homes in eleven states and the District of Columbia.
POAH’s primary mission is to preserve, create and sustain affordable, healthy homes that support economic security and access to opportunity for all.
Since 2001, the POAH team has advanced its mission with a blend of expertise and creativity, solving complex problems that others have seen as insurmountable. We have secured long-term affordability for residents while addressing the interests of owners, funders, public agencies, and other stakeholders.
Dec 01, 2019
Interior Finishing Underway for First Phase of the Whittier Choice Redevelopment
Interior finishing is now underway for the first phase of the Whittier Choice redevelopment in Roxbury. The redevelopment will create a total of 387 residential units plus around 7,600 square feet of retail space. The new buildings will contain a mix of affordable and market-rate residential units ranging in size from studios to four-bedrooms.
Jul 01, 2019
Construction Continues on Redevelopment of Whittier Choice
Construction is ongoing with sheathing and window install work underway for first phases of the Whittier Choice project while demo has also kicked off to remove older buildings on the site. The Whittier Choice development will create a total of 387 residential units, bringing an increase of 187 residential units to the development. Around 7,680 square feet of retail will also be built as part of the redevelopment. The new buildings will contain a mix of affordable and market-rate residential units. Both rental and condominium residential units will be constructed ranging from studios to four-bedrooms.
Apr 22, 2019
Framing Rising for Redevelopment of Whittier Choice in Roxbury
Wood framing is ongoing for the redevelopment of the Whittier Choice public housing development in Roxbury. The first phase of the project will create a new 5-story building to contain 83 units. A second and third phase will house another 304 residential units along with over 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The new buildings will contain a mix of affordable and market-rate residential units. Both rental and condominium residential units will be constructed ranging from studios to four-bedrooms.
Oct 11, 2018
Roxbury Development Under Official Review
Bartlett Station Lot D, a proposed six-story, 41,977 square foot, 52-unit residential building is under official review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency.
The new development is to be situated on Lot D of the master-planned Bartlett Place site. The lot size is approximately 32,600 square feet and is currently cleared and vacant. The larger Bartlett Place site is an 8.6-acre former MBTA bus yard that is being developed in phases by Bartlett Place Land, Inc. Lot D has been programmed and designed as the senior housing component of Bartlett Place. The vision for Bartlett Place is a creative village with over 300 new residential units, commercial and office space, and a public plaza.
Jun 15, 2018
Bedford Village Acquired for $17.041 MillionThe Preservation of Affordable Housing, also known as POAH has acquired the property at 12 Bedford Village in Bedford, MA for $17.041 million.Bedford Village is an affordable apartment community located in Bedford consisting of 96-units. The units are 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom spaces.
Mar 02, 2018
Phase One of Whitter Choice public housing redevelopment in Roxbury breaks ground
The first phase of the $44 million redevelopment of the Whittier Choice public housing complex in Roxbury Crossing has broken ground. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday (March 1st), during which a building was ceremonially demolished to make way for a new five-story building containing 83 residential units, which will be the redevelopment's first building. In total, the redevelopment will create approximately 387 affordable and market-rate apartment and condominium residential units, 187 more than are currently located at the development, as well as a new 7,680-square-foot retail component. A total of three new buildings will be constructed. The following are photographs from the groundbreaking ceremony:
Thanks to all who came to the groundbreaking ceremony and shared these exciting times with residents and partners. The future looks bright! @marty_walsh @POAHCommunities @MadisonParkDC @HUDNewEngland @SoniaChangDiaz @MassEOHED @MassHousing #Boston #WhittierChoice #Roxbury pic.twitter.com/ghQP7pgGtq— Boston Housing Auth. (@BHA_Boston) March 1, 2018
Oct 11, 2017
Renderings revealed of Mattapan Station mixed-use development
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation and Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) have revealed renderings of their proposed 211,670-square-foot mixed-use development in Mattapan Square. The latest renderings are posted above. The development would be located adjacent to the Mattapan train station and feature a total of 144 mixed-income residential units, including 135 apartments and 9 condominiums, and 10,000 square feet of retail. 51% of apartments would be designated affordable. Two separate buildings would be constructed for apartments and condominiums; the apartment building would also contain ground-floor retail. Pending receipt of city and state financing in the first half of 2018, construction of the proposed development would commence in Spring 2019 and would be complete within 18 months. An Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) has been submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the project; the BPDA is now reviewing the project.
Aug 11, 2017
Mattapan Station transit-oriented development proponents file Letter of Intent with City of Boston
Developers Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra) have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) to commence construction of a $57 million, 166,750-square-foot transit-oriented development at Mattapan Station in partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), kicking off the project’s city review process. The proposed project would transform a 2.57-acre surface parking lot into a two-building mixed-use project. The project’s Phase One building would feature 135 mixed-income apartment residences, 10,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and a 2,000-square-foot community room. The Phase Two building would feature nine condominium residences. The proponents will file an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) with the BPDA in the coming months with additional project details.
Dec 13, 2016
$30 million grant awarded to redevelop Whittier Choice public housing in RoxburyThe United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to help fund the approved $44 million Whitter Choice public housing redevelopment in Roxbury. The redevelopment will include both affordable and market-rate housing units, creating new affordable units and introducing new market-rate units. Construction of the first phase of the project could commence in September 2017."As we shape Boston's growth, we must make sure our progress benefits everyone, especially long-term residents of the City," said Mayor Walsh at a ceremony held Monday to announce the grant. "I'm extraordinarily proud of the dedication of our partners who have come together to create a brighter future for the residents of Whittier Street and the surrounding neighborhood." "These game-changing investments will breathe new life into our neighborhoods and offer real opportunities for the families who call these communities home," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro at the ceremony. "What we do today will leverage private investment and bear fruit for generations of families looking for an opportunity to thrive in neighborhoods that are connected to the economic and social fabric of their communities." "This is great news for the City of Boston and the Lower Roxbury neighborhood," stated Congressman Mike Capuano at the ceremony. "The Choice Neighborhoods federal grant will help transform the Whittier Street Housing Development by renovating existing affordable housing units and creating additional housing opportunities." The following is a photograph from Monday's ceremony:
This is one of the best announcements I’ve ever made in my political life: Whittier St housing development will receive a $30M @HUDgov grant pic.twitter.com/MvUYhrVUxl— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) December 12, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
MBTA releases new details and renderings for Mattapan Station developmentThe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has released new details for Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (Nuestra)'s mixed-use development project proposed for an existing Mattapan Station surface parking lot. The following is a link to the MBTA's full presentation for the project. As previously reported, the project would construct 135 residential units in the heart of Mattapan Square across two new five-story buildings. 69 units (51% of total) would be designated affordable. The buildings would also contain 12,000 square feet of retail, up from previously reported 10,000 square feet. The project would create 25-41 full-time and 6 part-time job opportunities in Mattapan Square. A total of 173 parking spaces would be located on site, including 50 for MBTA commuters. A connection to the new Neponset River Greenway would also be constructed. The project will now undergo review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The following is a rendering of the proposed project:
View along River Street
The following is a locus graphic:
Locus graphicPOAH and Nuestra will enter a 99-year lease with the MBTA for the parking lot and will make annual rent payments for the lease's first 20 years starting at $210,000 in 2017 and increasing annually by 1.5%. A total of $4,885,970 in rent will be paid to the MBTA. The project has a Net Present Value (NPV) of $2,954,307.08 calculated with a 5% discount rate. The MBTA designated POAH and Nuestra as the developers of the lot earlier this year, rejecting a second proposal by Trinity Financial (Trinity) and Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) that would have constructed 267 residential units, including 195 affordable (73% of total), and 8,000 square feet of retail. Trinity and CSNDC would have purchased the parking lot under a fee-simple sale, generating $2 million of revenue for the MBTA.
Jul 13, 2016
Whittier Choice redevelopment team seeks federal funding for 387-unit projectThe Bay State Banner reports that the Whittier Choice redevelopment team has applied for a $30 million Department of Housing and Urban Development federal funding grant that, if awarded, will help the team realize full buildout of the approved $44 million Whittier Choice public housing redevelopment project. The team was one of 34 applicants for the grant last year and made it to the final contestant round but did not secure a grant. Funding has been secured for Phase One of the project, which could start construction in September 2017.Approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for construction in October 2015, the project will replace the existing Whittier Choice public housing development in Roxbury with three new buildings. Approximately 387 mixed-use residential units and 7,680 square feet of retail will be constructed across three phases. The following is a link to the Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) for the Whittier Choice redevelopment project. The following is a landscape plan showing the project's full buildout:
More information about the Whittier Choice redevelopment project is posted below.
May 27, 2016
Development team chosen for Mattapan Station mixed-use developmentThe Dorchester Reporter reports that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) recently chose a development team to build a
large mixed use project in Mattapan Square. The project will be located in an existing parking lot
next to the MBTA’s Mattapan Station. The development team will be a partnership of
Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH) and Nuestra Comunidad Development
The POAH-Nuestra proposal would include approximately 135 residential units and 10,000
square feet of retail across two new buildings. Residential units would include both rental
apartments and condominiums. 52% percent of residential units would be designated
affordable. The project will be subject to Boston Redevelopment Authority review prior to approval. A rendering of the proposed project is posted above.
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