Gardner Apartments in Allston, Boston Promise Affordable Housing
Allston is one of Boston's charismatic neighborhoods. It was named after American painter and poet Washington Allston, and is so close to nearby Brighton that the two are commonly referred to as Allston-Brighton. This neighborhood is physically separated from the rest of Boston, and it has a strong working class tradition. Seeing the need to keep affordable housing in the neighborhood, developer Hamilton Co. announced the construction of a 40-unitc complex between the locations of 79 and 83 Gardner Street in Allston. When finished, this new apartment complex will offer a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom living spaces. Prices are expected to start between $2,700 and $2,900 per month, which is roughly 30 to 40 percent less than similar offerings in the area. In this housing development, most housing units will be two-bedroom rentals, and a select few will be one-bedroom units.
Like other suburbs around Boston, Allston has been impacted by the city's economic population growth and subsequent economic prosperity. Businesses and commercial ventures have recently started calling Boston home. While exciting, that growth has necessitate other demands, including housing and easy access to transportation. A rarity in Boston's upward-climbing real estate prices, the developer maintains that its apartment complex will remain affordable to all. Unlike most discerning developers and owners, it asserts, tenants will not have to meet certain income requirements. In fact, rental rates at the Gardner Street apartment complex will be comparatively lower than rental rates in the surrounding Boston area. That may very well mean that tenants sacrifice creature comforts like energy-efficient appliances and social-centric rooftops decks, but they will be able to maintain an affordable and realistic work-life balance. Although the apartment's physical construction will physically divide the neighborhood, it also brings potential for fast and easy transportation into the vibrant downtown Boston. That potential, as evidenced by growing interest from developers, has not gone unnoticed.
Worth noting is that fact that while many development complexes go to all ends to make new and exciting housing opportunities for the next generation, this housing project considers the neighborhood's (and the city's) historic past. The Gardner Street project is expected to provide residential living space in one of the last available Victorian homes in the Allston Packard's Crossing area, which is a historic feat in itself. That distinction will likely draw praise and support from local and city-wide residents and historical organizations. What remains to be seen, however, is how much money tenants, and even the developer, will have to pay for services like updating the home to prevent drafts and ensure compliance with modern building regulations.
Following the greater Boston crowd's trend towards modernity and luxury living, many developers are designing upscale apartment and condominium complexes equipped with all the latest and greatest accessories that millennials demand. They are focusing on rooftop decks, state-of-the-art gyms, and lounge spaces to fetch top dollar. Unlike most development projects, Gardner Street Apartments are comparatively down to earth. Situated in a quiet location just one block away from the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue, they offer convenient access to Boston without the resulting noise and chaos. From here, people living in the Gardner Apartments, which are advertised as working-class friendly, can easily access points within Boston.
The apartment complex contains mostly two-bedroom units, but it will have one lone one-bedroom apartment that starts at $1,800 per month. Rooms in this complex will features a generous square footage, heating and air conditioning, dishwashers, and garbage disposal systems. Most units will have hardwood floors and eat-in kitchens. Additional amenities will include on-site laundry and parking, and 24-hour emergency maintenance. The completed complex will rise four stories, which is a moderate height compared to the sky-high residential and mixed-use projects recently started in the greater Boston area.
When finished, the Gardner Street apartments may not be as glamorous as the new apartment units springing up throughout Boston. Instead, they will keep an important part of Boston's past alive, which includes its working class tradition. For a city that welcomes modernity and economic growth, history is an important area of concern, and efforts are being mad throughout the surrounding neighborhoods to honor its diverse working-class past.