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Designing Affordable Housing to Fit the Neighborhood

Here are RODE, we are all about collaboration. Collaborating with our industry colleagues allows us to create transformative projects that address both the needs of a specific place and the needs of its community. Last night, RODE Principal, Eric Robinson and Arx Urban Principal, Benjamin Moll spoke with Chris Lovett of BNN's Neighborhood Network News about one of their latest collaborations, The Meeting House in Dorchester.

Completed in 2020, The Meeting House brings residential housing and commercial space to Hancock Street near Dorchester Avenue. Eric spoke about the design of the building, highlighting its sculptural façade, contextual massing, and role in re-envisioning the area and acting as a catalyst for other neighborhood projects such as Dot Block.

Benjamin spoke about The Meeting House' mix of affordability and the process behind the model. Arx Urban and RODE were able to obtain Boston Community Preservation funding and partner with Mass Housing to deliver the project most efficiently. The result is a residential building that provides socioeconomic diversity through a blend of affordable, middle income, and market rate housing.

Stay tuned for future collaborative projects between RODE and Arx Urban. The team is also working together on a mixed-used building that will address housing needs, provide much-needed space for the community's commercial and institutional tenants, and improve the pedestrian streetscape along Washington Street in Roslindale Village.


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