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Shepley hosts affordable housing design competition event

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Shepley hosted the Greater Boston 2010 Affordable Housing Development Competition awards ceremony last night. Sponsors of the design competition, now in its tenth year, include the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and the BSA.

Five teams of graduate students in architecture, planning, business, and law, who partnered with developers and design and financial mentors, presented proposals for projects in Brookline, Somerville, Salem, Lowell, and Boston.

A proposal to redevelop the derelict Shawknit Mill in Lowell took top honors in this 10th anniversary competition. The winning team will split the $10,000 first-place award with their community development partner, Coalition for a Better Acre.

Taking second place was The Village at Walnut in Brookline, while a proposal for Union Center, near Union Square in Somerville, came in third. Shepley architect Patricia DeLauri was the design mentor for the Union Center team.

Principal Jennifer Aliber gave welcoming remarks and Tina Brooks, Undersecretary of the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, gave the keynote address.

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