“We’re also instituting more street sweeping and inspections of vacant housing,” Fiorentini said.
On Jan. 15, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved the application for a Comprehensive Permit submitted by the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center to create more housing for veterans.
Ratka said the $5.7 million project involves creating 27 affordable rental units on three sites in the Mount Washington neighborhood. The largest, a two-story building with 18 enhanced studio apartments, will be built along the Reed Street side of the parking lot for VNOC, which is located in the former St. Rita’s Church at 10 Reed St.
Ratka said a three-story building is planned for 74 Temple St. and will provide six, one-bedroom units with six off-street parking spaces, while a three-story three-unit building is planned for 17 to 19 Tremont St. and will provide one two-bedroom apartment and two three-bedroom apartments with five off-street parking spaces.
The two smaller buildings will be located within a hop, skip and a jump from Veterans Northeast Outreach Center so that veterans don’t have to travel far to receive any of the many support services this agency provides.
The architect for the project, Davis Square Architects of Somerville, designed the buildings to blend in with neighboring homes, many of which are flat-roofed multi-family homes.
“We want them to look like part of the neighborhood,” said Michelle Granick, a project architect with Davis Square Architects.
The project’s engineer, Joe Peznola of Hancock Associates in Danvers, said the homes will have many green energy-saving features such as high levels of insulation, high efficiency heating and cooling systems and light reflecting roofs.
Peznola said construction contracts will be going out to bid and that he expects construction to begin as early as this summer, with a possible opening next spring.