1.4 min readBy Published On: January 9th, 2023Categories: Living0 Comments

On Friday, city and state officials sent a letter in opposition to the Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding Pine Street Inn’s proposed housing for the formerly homeless at the old Comfort Inn on Morrissey Boulevard.

Stating the placement of such a project in this area would do a “disservice to the residents who occupied the Comfort Inn, as well as the community as a whole,” the letter was signed by state Sen. Nick Collins, state Rep. Daniel Hunt, and City Councilors Frank Baker, Erin Murphy, Michael Flaherty and Ed Flynn.

In addition to the elected officials, many neighborhood residents have also voiced opposition.

The BPDA public comment period for the project ended on January 6th, and the proposal is now under review.

You can read more details about this via the Boston Herald here. 

About the proposal:

In an effort to grow its housing programs, Pine Street Inn would like to convert the Comfort Inn hotel on Morrissey Blvd. into a supportive residence for formerly homeless people. 

Pine Street is partnering with the national, nonprofit developer The Community Builders Inc., (TCB) which will purchase the property and oversee its renovation. 

The plan is to create between 105 and 110 single-occupancy apartments at the former Comfort Inn. TCB will have ownership of the property while Pine Street will oversee support services like housing people, helping them find a job, and arranging home health aides. 

The project is currently in an exploratory phase. If the building passes city code inspections, TCB hopes to purchase the property next summer with the goal of tenants moving in by 2024.  

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