St. Martin’s Apartments, An Update
Yesterday, on my way back from Big Chair Coffee 'n Grill, I stopped by Eckington to check out construction on the St. Martin's Apartments, which I reported on last year (two years ago! This 2010 thing hasn't sunk in yet.)
Certain neighbors tried to block the project—an affordable housing complex with 178 units at my last count—by claiming the convent on the hill was too historically significant to destroy and that the project plans should be altered (diminishing density and poor people).
Developer Catholic Charities found a compromise: Keep the density and keep the number of tenants (roughly) and keep the convent—just move it down the hill and incorporate it into the overall building. Here's what they've created (pictures below):
When I reported the story in Dec. 2008, construction crews expected the project to be completed by the end of 2010.
Top photo by Darrow Montgomery. Other photos by Ruth Samuelson.