Mission Park is a standout property sitting on 13 ½ handsomely landscaped acres overlooking Olmsted Park, which is part of the Frederick Law Olmsted designed “Emerald Necklace” around the city. The Green Line is across the street, and the Mission Park trolley stop couldn’t be much more convenient for those who’d rather take a ride than walk to Boston shops, government offices, colleges, universities, museums, theaters, hospitals, restaurants, and the great variety of cultural attractions that our vibrant city has to offer.
The property features a high-rise tower and three mid-rise buildings, with 628 apartments, as well as 147 town homes, for a total of 775 apartments. All are geared to be affordable for low- or very low-income people. There are laundry rooms throughout the high- and mid-rise buildings and town homes have laundry hookups. There is a three-level garage beneath part of one building and some surface parking. Each town home has one off-street parking space near its entrance.
Amenities include a central community building with a beautiful kitchen, game room, big screen TVs for movie nights, and the management offices. There are four playgrounds, a swimming pool, a half-basketball court, a Computer Learning Center, a Library, a Day Care, and a great After-School Program. Many of the residents join together for Chat Rooms, Tai Chi, Karate, Yoga classes, a Walking Club, and weekly Bingo games.
All this might not have existed at all, if Harvard University’s plans to tear down the then-existing neighborhood had gone through. Due to their diligence and their commitment to their homes, residents in the area formed the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard and fought the plans, winning many concessions from the university, including financial help to build Mission Park and relocate families that had been displaced when their deteriorated buildings were torn down. The groundbreaking was in 1975, and the community has been thriving ever since.