Chestnut Hill Realty Founder and CEO Ed Zuker joined City of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, State Representative William McGregor (D-Suffolk), City of Boston Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities Secretary Ed Augustus, B’nai B'rith Housing Executive Director Susan Gittelman and other dignitaries at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Parkway 1208, the first affordable housing unit built in West Roxbury since 2013.
Parkway 1208 is a new energy-efficient, transit-oriented affordable housing development with 60 new income-restricted apartments geared for individuals and families. Located at 1208D VFW Parkway, the land acquisition for Parkway 1208 was facilitated by the Boston-based non-profit B’nai B’rith Housing. Zuker serves as a member of B’nai B’rith Housing’s board of directors and chair of its real estate committee.
Zuker said that Parkway 1208 is the latest in the organization’s history of producing housing, but that it would not be the last, even in this area. “We can and we will meet the housing needs of the state,” he said. “This goal is a moral obligation to see that every resident has access to decent housing. This will ensure that we can continue to educate and lead the world to a better tomorrow.”
“The Parkway 1208 development is a model for creating income-restricted housing across the City of Boston,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Parkway 1208 shows what’s possible when we collaborate with residents, our partners, and different sectors and levels of government to create much-needed income-restricted housing in our neighborhoods.”
Other attendees at the event reiterating Mayor Wu’s enthusiasm about the project’s contribution to local housing opportunities included MassHousing VP of Multifamily Programs Mark Teden, City of Boston Chief of Housing Sheila Dillon, Catholic Memorial Head of School Peter Folan, Representative McGregor, and Secretary Augustus. “We are grateful to the many partners who made this new development possible,” summarized B’nai B’rith Housing’s Gittelman.
Parkway 1208 was made possible through the financial support of several organizations, including the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Housing, the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, MassHousing, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Eastern Bank, and Boston Financial, serving as the low-income housing tax credit investor.
PICTURED: Celebrating the recent opening of B’nai B’rith Housing’s Parkway 1208, the first affordable housing development in West Roxbury since 2013, is CHR Founder and CEO Ed Zuker (3rd from right), Mayor Michelle Wu (3rd from left), B’nai B’rith Housing Executive Director Susan Gittelman (red jacket), City of Boston Chief of Housing Sheila Dillon (4th from right) and other dignitaries. Ed is a member of the B’nai B’rith Housing board and chair of its real estate committee. Parkway 1208’s 60 new income-restricted apartments help address Boston's critical housing shortage.