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The city of Boston is getting $30 million from the federal government to help redevelop the Whittier Street housing development and invest in its surrounding Roxbury neighborhood, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday.
The 63-year-old housing development, which currently offers 200 units to low- and moderate-income residents, will be updated to "fit with the current mix-use neighborhood," according to a statement from Walsh's office. An additional $260 million in private and public funds will be invested in the neighborhood for further commercial and residential development, as well as public facilities.
"As we shape Boston's growth, we must make sure our progress benefits everyone, especially long-term residents of the City," Walsh said in the statement. "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."
The grant money is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods initiative, which aims to "transform neighborhoods and link housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation and access to jobs."
"These game-changing investments will breathe new life into our neighborhoods and offer real opportunities for the families who call these communities home," U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement. "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 Boston's second Choice Neighborhoods grant. In 2011, the city was awarded $20.5 million to redevelop the Woodledge/Morrant Bay Apartments and improve Dorchester's Quincy Street neighborhood.
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