City of Boston chooses developers and designers for 3 small, green, urban, PPP projects

From writer Matt Rocheleau: "Three development teams received tentative approval from the city this week to lead projects in Boston that will build a total of 10 environmentally-friendly homes, according to city redevelopment officials.  The 'green' high-performance residences will be located on three city-owned parcels — two in Roxbury on Highland St. and Marcela St., and one in Jamaica Plain on Catherine St. near where the neighborhood meets with Roslindale. Transformations Zero Energy Homes, Sage Builders, and Nickerson Design Services were tentatively designated to develop a $1.1-million project at the Highland Street site that will consist of four condominiums, including one affordable unit. Two Greek Revival style duplexes -- each unit with three bedrooms and one parking space -- will be built.

Urbanica Design + Development and Interface Studio Architects were tentatively approved to develop a $1-million project at the Marcella Street site that will consist of four attached townhouses, including one affordable unit.  Each 1,500 square-foot, three-story townhouse will have 2.5 bathrooms, a full basement, and one parking spot.  GFC Development and Utile, Inc. were tentatively designated to develop a $745,000 project at the Jamaica Plain site that will consist of two three-bedroom townhouses.

Through the Energy Positive (E+) Green Building Demonstration Program, the homes will save homeowners money and meet the highest standards for green and healthy homes, city redevelopment officials have said.  The program is a pilot initiative the mayor’s cabinet, the city’s neighborhood development office, environmental office, and the redevelopment authority in partnership with National Grid, NSTAR, USGBC, Boston Society of Architects, and Boston Architectural College."  Full article here.