Harvard Commons, a porch-front community at the old Boston State Hospital site, includes custom-made single-family homes designed to attract higher-income professionals to an area known more for affordable housing. Developer John Cruz says the 54-unit project, still in development, is the realization of a long-held dream to bring suburban amenities to the city. Cruz, whose family comes from Cape Verde, owns one of the largest black-owned development companies in the state.
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