On: June 30, 2017

The Treadmark building in the Greater Ashmont Main Street district (1971-1977 Dorchester Ave) is a mixed-use, mixed-income transit-oriented development built by Trinity Financial. It is designed to have four retail bays on the first floor; 51 rental units for qualified low income tenants on floors 2-4 (up to 60% AMI); and 32 condominiums on the the fifth and sixth floor, 12 of which are market rate and 20 of which are for qualified low or moderate income homeowners (up to 110% AMI).  The income/rent/purchase price guidelines for low and moderate income set asides in Boston in 2017 is available via the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

The Treadmark was scheduled for occupancy starting July 15, 2017 before a devastating fire began on June 28. Despite intense and valorous efforts by the City’s first responders, including innumerable Boston Fire Department personnel, and support resources from Boston EMS, Boston Police, MBTA Police, and other mutual aid assisters, the fire was not fully extinguished until well into the next day. Beyond the economic damage and impact on the surrounding neighborhood, 83 families are displaced from what they were expecting to be their new homes during the course of reconstruction. Below are resources available to them and surrounding residents and business owners, from our partner non-profits and the City of Boston.

  • The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) has arranged to cover hotline phones through July 2 for homeowners in the proximity of the fire at the Treadmark building (1971-1977 Dorchester Avenue) who may have questions about activating insurance coverage for smoke damage. The MAHA Insurance Hotline Number is 617-446-0117
  • Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Neighborhood Services liaison for Greater Ashmont, Dave Cotter can be reached at 617-635-3485 or david.cotter@boston.gov
  • The City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and Trinity Financial (the developer of the Treadmark project) have both affirmed that the affordable housing lottery placements will all be honored when the building is reconstructed.
  • In the meantime, there will be dedicated staff at the Mayor’s Office of Housing Stability available to help those displaced by the fire find alternate interim housing. The direct contact phone number for that staff is 617-635-4200.
  • As always, Greater Ashmont Main Street is available and committed to helping our district’s small business owners in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything with which we can assist you.

Further information about partner non-profit or City of Boston services will be posted here when available.