For over 35 years, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) has been at the forefront of providing affordable housing in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, having developed about 1,400 housing units. Increasingly, CSNDC’s has focused on transit oriented and sustainable development (including solar power generation and water and energy use reduction), and the integration of health and housing. CSNDC has built over 500 units of housing within a ½ mile radius of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line and recognizes the importance of vibrant, transit-oriented urban villages where residents have access to public transportation, jobs and supportive services. Initiatives like our energy-retrofit of homes in the Eco-Innovation District (EID), smoke free housing, Community Shared Solar (CSS) program, and OASIS on Ballou Urban Agriculture Project, all represent how CSNDC takes a broad-based, cross-sector approach to equitable affordable housing.


Whittier/Lyndhurst/Washington –– Completed Spring 2017. This project includes the 100-year old John Greenleaf Whittier School and adjacent land, 4–6 Lyndhurst Street, and 472 Washington Street, a formerly contaminated commercial site. The WLW project combined multiple challenging properties to transform them into 44 high performing affordable rental units with 1,000 square feet of commercial space.  The project includes open space for tenants’ use and a community room. 

New England Heritage Homes
–– Predevelopment Phase.  This project will create sixteen new affordable homeownership opportunities for moderate income homebuyers in the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood of Codman Square in Dorchester. The proposed development is within 1/4 mile of the new Talbot Ave Station on the MBTA Fairmount Line, which provides an opportunity to achieve transit access and walkability. The parcels, within Dorchester’s Eco-Innovation District (EID), include CSNDC-owned and two City-owned lots. This project is fully funded and beginning construction in early 2018.

Talbot Commons Phase I
–– Predevelopment Phase.  Fully funded and slated to begin construction in early 2018, this 40-unit affordable residential project is part of a larger effort to transform areas along the MBTA Fairmount rail line. Directly across from the Talbot Station, Talbot Commons Phase I combines the rehabilitation of 21 units at CSNDC’s Norfolk Terrace and 15 Mallard St. with 19 units of new construction.  


Four Corners Plaza
–– Predevelopment Phase.  Four Corners Plaza is a mixed-use development consisting of 31 affordable rental units situated on three contiguous parcels at the Four Corners intersection in Dorchester. Four Corners Plaza will be new construction, with a four-story mid-rise building anchoring the commercial district with 9,920 square feet of ground-floor retail and 28 affordable apartments above. The proposal is also creates three townhouse apartments on Bowdoin Avenue. CSNDC will apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding for this project in 2018 and anticipates starting construction in 2019.