Newly Renovated Housing for Pine Street Inn

Boston, MA, October 19, 2011- The Pine Street Inn, the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, NEI General Contracting, Davis Square Architects, and the community joined to dedicate Pine Street Inn’s new units at 40 Upton Street in the South End. About 100 people, including Mayor Thomas Menino and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, attended the event.

As a part of Pine Street Inn’s goal to provide more permanent housing and decrease the number of residents in their emergency shelters, the inn purchased the valuable brownstones on Upton Street in 2007. The project, which provides housing for formerly homeless individuals, had to overcome a number of hurdles in its development. Despite some initial neighborhood opposition, the project received much support and praise from the Mayor, and may serve as a model for other projects around the City

Davis Square Architects worked closely with the South End Landmarks and Massachusetts Historic Commissions to preserve the historic character of the buildings while also renovating the buildings to meet the current building codes and including new heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. The newly renovated units all have kitchenettes and baths, and feature beautiful historic elements such as large windows, crown molding, trim, and marble mantles. The building also accommodates an onsite manager.

In trying out a new tactic, the Pine Street Inn furnished each unit through a “Housewarming Registry” where supporters and friends purchased household goods for each room. All of these items will make Upton Street feel like a home for its new residents.

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