Councilor: Harvard’s sale of affordable housing development puts elderly at risk

While Harvard says it is committed to preserving the long-term affordability of a 94-unit senior apartment building at 2 Mt. Auburn Street, one city councilor said any sale could put residents at risk displacement.

Underlying the building is a zoning variance that initially gave significant relief from a zoning ordinance permitting greater density because Harvard agree to provide affordable senior housing there. Precipitating the sale is a contract with the Cambridge Housing Authority to provide section 8 vouchers for seniors to reside there.

The contract expires in Sept. 2013, said Harvard spokeswoman Lauren Marshall, but she maintained that was not why the university “exploring the possibility” of selling the building. Marshall said the affordable senior housing was no longer part of the school’s academic or residential needs.

Wicked Local


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