Flat 9 at Whittier is the first of three phases to redevelop the Whittier Street Apartments site in Roxbury, MA, which was originally built in the early 1950s to provide 200 public housing units. This new four-story building acts as a transition from the larger planned structures to the north and west, with a rhythm of direct-access townhouse style units along Whitter Street. Its strong masonry base is visually interrupted with multi-story vertical elements, further perforated by colorful entries which add a layer of depth between the private entrances and the public realm. The vertical window groupings are articulated with a wood-grain spandrel panel, which warms the overall material composition.
This transit-oriented development is comprised of 92 units, with 66 designated as affordable to households at or below 60% of area median income. Flat 9 at Whittier includes a community room, business center, activity room with a kitchen, playground, outdoor recreation area, and bicycle storage. Inspired by the area’s deep history of underground jazz, the redevelopment’s aim is to create a healthier environment and reconnect the buildings to the broader neighborhood. Essential to the area’s revitalization, the property offers access to on-site resident services ranging from healthcare enrollment and food distribution to financial services. Once complete, the site will provide approximately 320 mixed-income units and commercial space.
Flat 9 at Whittier is the recipient of the 2020 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the HUD Preservation Category.