Children at Franklin Hill in Dorchester enjoy a playground, a water park and a basketball court, as well as a Boys & Girls Club and summer camps in the Community Room, all of which prove a big improvement from the days before 2010, when the property was redeveloped.
After 55 years as a public housing development, the buildings were in need of major repair, with obsolete energy systems and an infrastructure that had deteriorated to the point that the health and safety of residents were in jeopardy. The Boston Housing Authority chose Trinity Financial as developer. The 266 affordable units in the complex are now a shining example of new, energy-efficient urban housing, with a mix of townhouses and mid-rise buildings offering different amenities and lifestyle choices for the residents.
The 118 townhouse residents have their own back yards. Each townhouse has its own washer and dryer. The 148 residents of the three mid-rise buildings — two with six floors and one with five floors– have a laundry on each floor with one washer and dryer in each. They also, of course, have elevators. There is a Greater Boston Food Pantry on site.
The mix of apartment sizes includes 55 one-bedroom, 114 two-bedroom, 77 three-bedroom, 18 four-bedroom, and 2 five-bedroom units. The site boasts a multitude of “green” technologies, including solar panels, installation of high-efficiency and healthy ventilation systems, installation of electric stoves, use of low-VOC paint, and the availability of carpet-free units, among others.
The site is close to public transportation, including the Blue Hill Avenue stop at Harvard Street (buses 28, 29); the American Legion Highway stop at Franklin Hill Avenue (bus 14) and the Blue Hill Avenue stop at Angell Street (buses 22, 28, 29 and 45).
Perhaps the best thing of all is the Franklin Hill Boys & Girls Club, the first ever established at a public housing development. It welcomes children ages 6-12 on weekdays after school until 6 p.m., for programs in six core areas: arts, education, leadership, life skills, fitness and recreation, and technology. The facility includes an art room, education center, games room, technology center, kids’ café and outdoor play area. All are handicapped accessible. Teens are referred to the Teen Center at the Blue Hill Club across the street.
Pets are not allowed.
Management is currently accepting applications for the tax-credit waitlist only. Return completed application via mail or by bringing to office. Facsimiles are not accepted. Applicants must meet income guidelines for affordable as defined by the tax-credit laws. For more information, contact the management.