HUD Hope 6 Site Visit

Officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) visited the Old Colony Redevelopment – PHASE 1 on Monday, April 14, 2012.

HUD’s John Henderson, Hope 6 Grant Manager and Jessica Rosenberg, Hope 6 CSS Manager – both from the Office of Urban Revitalization in Washington D.C…joined Boston-based Ellen Bradley and Dwight Hebert, HUD Revitalization Specialists, Region 1 for an Annual Site Visit.

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Other Community Partners included representatives from:

  • The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) 
  • Beacon Communities
  • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
  • Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU)
  • Catholic Charities/Laboure Center
  • With Every Heartbeat is Life (WEHL)
  • South Boston Community Center
  • University of Massachusetts/Boston – Center for Social Policy
  • South Boston Boys and Girls Club
  • Wellspring Consulting
  • Members of the Old Colony Task Force
  • Washington Beech Housing Development
  • The South Boston Boys and Girls Club.

Phase 1 of the Old Colony Redevelopment was funded through a Hope 6 grant.

According to the BHA, under Hope 6, the plan for the physical transformation of the Old Colony is “matched by a comprehensive program of Community and Supportive Services”.

Financing for the new development totals 143-million-dollars: $37.5 million in Public Housing Funds with over $100-million in private and public funds.

Grand Opening

 The Homes At The Old Colony Are officially Open ♥

With great and pomp and ceremony, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino cut the ribbon and opened PHASE ONE of the Old Colony Redevelopment on March 20, 2012.

Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Menino was joined by relatives of late Boston City Councillor, Joseph Tierney. The new Learning Center is named after Mr. Tierney, who served 16 years at City Hall. He died in 2009.

Tierney grew up at the Old Colony. He was the first of his family to attend college and worked his way through undergraduate studies and law school. Tierney’s daughter Maura is an actress. (She portrayed nurse Abby Lockhart in the medical drama – ER.)


  • Sandra Henriquez – Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…addresses Opening Ceremony. (Henriquez was BHA Administrator before leaving to join the Obama Administration. 

  • BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle introduces Boston Mayor Thomas Menino followed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Entertainment by students from the Perkins School, (Boston Public Schools) located ONSITE at the Old Colony.

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Old Colony Redevelopment On Schedule

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In March of 2010, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced an award of more than $22 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin redevelopment of the Old Colony public housing development in South Boston.

Courtyard, Burke Street

The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) competitive grants to fund “green” public housing transformation projects across the country.

The funding will be combined in a public-private partnership to begin a long
term transformation of the Old Colony site. This partnership is expected to
generate $60 million in redevelopment funds for phase one.

High rise Building, Columbia Road

Phase one will include building up to 150 new units of housing and a new community center. The Master Planning process will include participation with Old Colony residents and the broader South Boston neighborhood. The new housing at the site will include a variety of building types to house existing residents.

A major emphasis of the redevelopment will be the inclusion of green building and energy efficient measures. Building envelope, interiors, and systems will be designed to achieve an optimum standard in green and healthy housing.

The Community/Learning Center will be the focal point for community gatherings and programs.

Learning Center

 It will showcase the green elements of the project in its structure and systems as well as in visual, educational displays about sustainability and conservation at the site.

Resident self-sufficiency services will also be provided for job connection and training, transportation, educational and recreational and wellness opportunities.

Construction of this phase began in late fall of 2010 and is expected to be completed by summer of 2012.

Source: BHA website

Learning Center Entrance, Columbia Road