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Long Bay Commercial Properties develops 25-story mixed-use development in Dudley Square
By McKenzie & Associates, P.C.

Boston, MA (Aug. 1, 2019) – McKenzie and Associates, P.C. client, Long Bay Commercial Properties, continues its plans to build a 25-story building, known as the “Rio Grande,” in Dudley Square, Roxbury. Long Bay leads a team of African American real estate professionals in developing the Project. Located on a parcel of land owned by Long Bay between Roxbury Street, Washington Street, Marvin Street and Shawmut Avenue, the Project is widely considered to be one of the most ambitious development endeavors Roxbury has seen in its recent history.

The proposed Rio Grande Tower will have 241 rental units, with a substantial portion being sold at market rental rates, and adding more income diversity to the Dudley Square neighborhood. Adjacent to the Dudley Square MBTA Station, the Project is considered a “transit-oriented development.” In addition to modern apartment housing and amenities for residents, the development would also include a restaurant, retail spaces, and a public atrium. The limestone façade of the historic Roxbury Savings Bank building currently located on the site, will be retained and incorporated into the design of the new Tower.

The Project is highly anticipated as it is not only expected to aid in revitalizing the area, but will allow Dudley Square to compete commercially with surrounding towns and other areas of Boston. The Project continues to undergo the development process, and is currently in design review with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). 

McKenzie & Associates represents of some of the most active and reputable minority owned developers of inner-city properties in the Boston area. We advise developers on all aspects of financing, refinancing, land acquisition, sale, zoning, community processes, construction, and sale to property owners. Click here to learn about some of the transactions we have handled.

McKenzie and Associates, P.C. client, Long Bay Commercial Properties, continues its plans to build the 25-story “Rio Grande” apartment and commercial development in Dudley Square.

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Cruz Development Corporation develops 150-unit mixed-use development in Dudley Square
By McKenzie & Associates, P.C.

Boston, MA (June 6, 2019) – McKenzie and Associates, P.C. client, Cruz Development Corporation, was recently selected by the City of Boson to build a mixed-use development on 135 Dudley Street. Cruz Development, one of the oldest and most successful minority developers in the City, was chosen over 5 other developers for this lot.

The proposed development will consist of two buildings, totaling 150 housing units. One of these buildings will be 6 stories with 50 units of affordable rental housing, with units affordable to families earning 30 to 50 percent of the Area Median Income. The second building will be 8 stories, consisting of 100 condo units. Ownership of the condo units will be split such that 50 units will be available for purchase by families earning 70 to 80 percent of Area Median Income. The other 50 units will be sold at market rate. The development will also include 8,476 square feet of commercial space as well as 270 parking spaces.

In addition to the building development, Cruz Development’s proposal includes a partnership with Youth Build Boston. This nonprofit seeks to help the underserved youth communities in Boston by helping them to enter building trades.

The Project Review Committee’s decision to choose Cruz Development was based not only on the company’s decades of experience developing affordable housing throughout Boston, but also for their commitment to inclusion and providing job opportunities for the residents of the area—over the past 5 years, 85% of Cruz Development’s payroll was paid directly to minority workers, and 78% of the cost of its projects were paid to minority business enterprises (MBEs).

McKenzie & Associates represents of some of the most active and reputable minority owned developers of inner-city properties in the Boston area. We advise developers on all aspects of financing, refinancing, land acquisition, sale, zoning, community processes, construction, and sale to property owners. Click here to learn about some of the transactions we have handled.

An architect’s rendering of Cruz Development’s proposed Project at 135 Dudley Street, a mixed-use development. consisting of two buildings totaling 150 housing units, and including parking and commercial space.

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Attorney Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., Of Counsel to McKenzie & Associates, P.C., testifies before the Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations.​
By McKenzie & Associates, P.C.

On May 2, 2019, Attorney Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. testified before the Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations for a hearing regarding equity in the City of Boston Procurement and Purchasing. The hearing was held at Boston City Hall to discuss the results of the Office of Economic Development’s recent report regarding the City’s procurement process.​

 

Many departments within the City of Boston contract out for services from private vendors through the procurement process, and City departments obtain products from private vendors through the Purchasing Department’s processes. In December 2017, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an ordinance into law which included changes to the City’s request for proposal (RFP) process, as well as requirements for: quarterly reporting on total dollars expended on procurement contracts to date; the number and type of contracts entered into to; and the number and value of contracts awarded to businesses owned by women, people of color, and Boston residents. Attorney Feaster was invited to testify on his perception of the City’s progress in eliminating the disparity in City contracts given to minority and women business enterprises.

“There is a disparity that still persists in the awarding of City contracts to minority and women business enterprises,” said Attorney Feaster, who is also President of Feaster Enterprises, a strategic planning, organizational development, and community outreach consulting firm. “The City’s focus on eliminating this disparity is a step in the right direction, but there is still more work to be done.”  Feaster opined, “If government doesn’t put certain requirements in place, it’s just not going to happen for minority, women and small businesses.”

The hearing was sponsored by City Councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey, chaired by Councilor Michael Flaherty, and attended by Councilors Baker, Edwards and Flynn.  In addition to Attorney Feaster, the hearing included public testimony from representatives from the City’s Economic Development cabinet, the Black Economic Counsel of Massachusetts (BECMA), other interested parties, and members of the public.

Attorney Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. testifies before the Boston City Council’s Committee of Government Operations on May 3, 2019 at Boston City Hall.

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