Bruner/Cott is working with Harrison Affordable, LLC, a joint venture of Beacon Communities LLC and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, to develop a six-story multifamily residential building to expand on the existing Tai Tung Village development. The project will significantly add to the affordable housing stock in the Chinatown neighborhood, transforming a current parking lot into an attractive building that is respectful of the surrounding context, and is a gateway to the neighborhood. The site is consistent with smart-growth and transit-oriented development principles, ideally situated near MBTA subway and bus services, multiple Blue Bikes stations, and various amenities.
The new building at 288 Harrison Avenue will be comprised of 85 residential units, with ground floor non-residential space for retail, community, and/or cultural uses. All units will be income-restricted to households that earn no more than seventy percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), as established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The building will contain a mix of one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom units.
The project is being designed to LEED Gold certification requirements, with the goal to seek certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). The sustainable design will prioritize measures that minimize the impact of energy consumption and high-temperature events, including high performance building envelope and windows, energy recovery, a light roof with high solar reflectance, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, and careful attention to mitigate against air pollution.