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About Orient Heights Redevelopment Project 

200 Waldemar Avenue, East Boston, Boston, MA

Approved multi-phased overhaul of the 15-acre, 331-unit Orient Heights public housing development, which opened in 1951. All existing buildings will be demolished and replaced with new townhouse and mid-rise buildings ranging from two to five stories. New buildings will contain a total of 331 public housing units. Residences will include a range of units from one up to five bedrooms.

New public green space including parks, a play area, and a plaza will be located at the center of the Orient Heights development site. The new development will also include an 8,000 square foot community center and management office. A total of 265 vehicle parking spaces and 331 bicycle parking spaces will be constructed on site.

Renderings of the Orient Heights Redevelopment Project:

Orient Heights Renderings

Project site plan:

Site Plan

Construction Cost $186,000,000.00
Square Feet 420,000


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Start Date Dec 07, 2016
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Dec 11, 2019

Interior Finishing Underway for Orient Heights Phase II


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Jul 05, 2019

Wood Framing Going Up for Orient Heights Phase II


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Mar 28, 2019

Demo Wrapping Up for Phase II of the Orient Heights Redevelopment


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Dec 19, 2018

$26M in Construction Financing Secured for Phase II of Orient Heights Redevelopment


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Nov 02, 2018

Building Permit Issued for Phase Two of Orient Heights Redevelopment


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Jul 16, 2018

Certificate of Occupancy issued at Orient Heights with phase one complete


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Jul 13, 2018

Orient Heights Redevelopment NPC approval keeps the project moving forward


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Dec 11, 2016

First phase of Orient Heights public housing redevelopment breaks ground


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Aug 12, 2016

Orient Heights public housing overhaul approved for construction

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May 31, 2016

Overhaul proposed for Orient Heights public housing


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Feb 09, 2016

Trinity Financial files Letter of Intent to redevelop Orient Heights public housing


Latest Press Releases

Mayor Walsh, Trinity Financial break ground on one of East Boston’s largest public housing redevelopment  

BOSTON December 7, 2016 – The Boston Housing Authority, East Boston Community Development Corporation and Trinity Financial, a community-driven, diverse real estate development firm with a proven-track record of redeveloping complex urban sites from New York to Greater Boston, today broke ground on Phase One of the development of Orient Heights in East Boston, MA. Phase One will result in the demolition of four existing buildings containing 90 dwelling units and the central boiler plant and the new construction of 120 affordable housing units in a series of clustered townhouses and a mid rise building along Waldemar Avenue, the northern section of the 15-acre Orient Heights site.

The project is the first phase of a comprehensive, multiple phase master-planned redevelopment for the entire Orient Heights development. As it stands, Orient Heights is comprised of 331 units of state-funded public housing terraced into a steep hillside built in 1951 and in great need of maintenance and modernization. Upon completion, the collective phasing effort will yield 373 units of housing, 331 of which will be replacement units.

“I am grateful to join with our state and community partners as we celebrate the beginning of a new era for the Orient Heights housing development,” said Mayor Walsh. “This public housing facility has been the home of many families for decades, and I am proud that with the support of our state and federal partners we are revitalizing current facilities, while creating new living spaces for future residents.”

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC) development team, ICON Architecture (ICON) and Trinity Financial are working together to transform the site into a modern community made up of contemporary, code-compliant, and energy-efficient units modeled on the successful transformations of the BHA’s Federal HOPE VI site.

“Across the Commonwealth, we are making significant investments and working creatively to update and preserve state-funded housing units,” said Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. “Our administration is proud to support projects like this that ensure affordability, and create communities that are inclusive, vibrant and strengthen their surrounding neighborhoods.”

Phase One of Orient Heights seeks to create a mix of energy-efficient, code-compliant units to meet the current needs of the BHA and DHCD and allow for adequate open space and parking for the community. This development intends to foster a community that is integrated with surrounding neighbors and will be constructed to encourage potential additional non-public housing units in later stages of redevelopment.

“We are looking forward to working with our development partners Trinity Financial to revitalize the community as we successfully did together at the Maverick development in Eastie several years ago,” stated Bill McGonagle, BHA Administrator.

Orient Heights is a great example of affordable housing redevelopment done right,” said Mike Koessel, Director at Citi. “Citi is proud to be providing capital for this initiative, which will preserve critically-needed affordability in East Boston.”

Phase One of the development is budgeted at approximately $52 million with an expected completion date of early 2018. Funding for Orient Heights was awarded through a variety of sources, including: a $26.5 million construction loan from Citi; $18 million in equity from Raymond James; $32.725 million in HILAPP and State Capital Funds; and $1 million in Neighborhood Housing Trust Funds from from the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development.


Since 1987, Trinity Financial has pursued a distinctive vision in real estate development, dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods, strengthening commerce and fostering opportunities through a collaborative urban spirit. Our work spans half a dozen residential and commercial specialties, from multi-unit housing to transit-oriented development. Across that spectrum, Trinity projects demonstrate a high caliber of vision and attention to detail, which sets them apart and has led to sustainable success.

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