By Eva Erlich, Vice President
At the core of all Trinity projects are the community, its residents, and a belief that having access to high-quality housing results in a stronger urban fabric. To see a clear example of this, one needs to look no further than East Boston’s Overlook Terrace at Orient Heights.
This summer, we marked an exciting milestone at the Orient Heights development. Joined with residents, the Local Tenant Organization and elected officials, we celebrated the completion of the first phase of redevelopment, which brought 120 units of newly constructed, modern, LEED Platinum Certifiable affordable rental housing to the East Boston community.
Orient Heights, a public housing development, was originally built in 1951 and has been owned and managed by the Boston Housing Authority. The dated property sorely needed improvements to provide residents with quality housing within a healthier, more vibrant living environment. We were selected, along with the East Boston CDC, to bring this transformation to life. To help determine what this transformation would consist of, we met with the residents and the broader neighborhood to understand the needs and desires of the community.
As we cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of this first phase, MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay reminded us all that, “We always remember what we do this for – at the end of the day it’s about the residents and we all know that and keep our eyes on the prize.” This is something we take to heart at Trinity, as we always work to develop communities that enhance the quality of life for residents and the surrounding neighborhood.
Like most of our projects, the Overlook Terrace at Orient Heights revitalization is a collaborative effort between both public and private partners, and we were proud to stand alongside many of them at the ribbon cutting. Phase Two of construction is now underway, and will consist of 88 rental units in a combination of townhouse and mid-rise buildings, as well as new and improved open spaces. We’re hoping for a smooth construction phase and are as eager as the residents to fulfill the vision of a renewed community in this Orient Heights neighborhood!