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letters | high hopes for the fairmount line

City, state stepping up to support mixed-income development

A commuter waited to board the Fairmount Line at the Talbot Avenue stop in Dorchester.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File 2013

A commuter waited to board the Fairmount Line at the Talbot Avenue stop in Dorchester.

I welcomed the Boston Globe’s July 15 editorial supporting mixed-income development along the Fairmount Line, but I want to make sure Globe readers know that both the city and the state are already stepping up to the plate (“Along Fairmount line, T did its part; now city must lead”).

The state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Boston Department of Neighborhood Development are supporting mixed-income transit-oriented development with their recent actions.

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The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has a commitment from the state of $1 million to support the “accelerator,” a fund to speed the progress of affordable and mixed-income projects on the Fairmount Line and in other transit-oriented locations. The Boston Foundation and the Hyams Foundation have also made initial commitments to the fund.

The DND is investing US Housing and Urban Development challenge grant money in Fairmount projects and will work in partnership with the fund.

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Our partners, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, have already completed new affordable housing near the new and rebuilt transit stations with city and state support, and have plans for more.

Concerns about gentrification and displacement can and will be thoughtfully addressed in the Boston Redevelopment Authority planning process with the active involvement of community organizations. We can build a strong consensus on a Fairmount corridor future of increased opportunity without displacement.

Bob Van Meter

Executive director,

Greater Boston

Local Initiatives

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