Suffolk Downs, the largest private development in Boston’s history, presents a generational opportunity for the city to right the wrongs of failed housing policy and build our middle class. After a years-long process, which included seven town halls hosted by my office to discuss the community’s priorities, the Boston Planning & Development Agency unanimously approved the project during a special meeting last week. Eastie residents fought for the project to be inclusive and reflective of our neighborhood, which resulted in significant achievements and set a floor to build on for the next 20 years.
Despite a flawed process that privileges private interests over the public good, East Boston won major concessions. We secured a $5 million stabilization fund, a neighborhood-specific acquisition program to create permanent affordable housing. This money, along with $800,000 in short-term rental relief, will be controlled by community members who will be able to decide how best