AHMA Boston Meetup & Social

Start: Saturday, April 29, 2023 2:00 PM

AHMA & Dorchester Growing Together Logos; Abundant Housing MA Boston Meetup & Social co-hosted by Dorchester Growing Together; Saturday | April 29 | 2pm;  First Parish Dorchester (UU) 10 Parish St, Dorchester; social @ The Blarney Stone

AHMA Boston Meetup & Social
co-hosted by Dorchester Growing Together
Saturday, 4/29, 2pm

Meetup at First Parish Dorchester's Meetinghouse
10 Parish St, Dorchester

Social ~4:30 on the patio at The Blarney Stone
1505 Dorchester Ave

The Meetinghouse is on the MBTA's 15 & 17 bus routes
~15 minute walk from the MBTA's Fields Corner or Savin Hill stations
plentiful unregulated street parking on Parish Street near the Mather School

childcare (suitable for kids from 2-12) will be provided; please indicate ages in RSVP

Opening Remarks

  • Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Executive Director of Abundant Housing MA, welcome and brief review of Boston context of the Boston housing crisis

Panel 1 — Leaders from neighborhood level pro-housing groups in and around Boston

These organizations are all members of AHMA at differing points of maturity. Each panelist will introduce their organization profiles (membership/founding/structure), highlight recent accomplishments, biggest challenges, etc.

Panel 2 — Subject matter experts discuss current Boston-specific context of how things get built

  • Raul Duverge, former BPDA Senior Project Manager, currently VP of Development at Rise Construction Management, to review current players in getting something permitted in Boston (ZBA, BPDA, Mayor’s Office of Housing, etc.), what constitutes Master Planning in Boston, and the Article 80 process, including IAGs
  • Chanda Smart, Founder & CEO of Onyx Group, to speak in broad strokes about each stage of development: Prospecting, Pre-Construction, Construction, Post-Construction and common timelines from identified project to shovels in ground
  • Becca Schofield, formerly Project Manager for Homeowners Rehab Inc., currently a Developer with Pennrose, to speak in short form regarding how affordable income-restricted housing gets funded and the different kinds of funding available

Zoning Reform in BostonWhat might be possible?

  • Ian Hatch, member of the AHMA Boston Committee
Networking Time

AHMA Social at The Blarney Stone
1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

After event social on the patio at The Blarney Stone Restaurant
~12 min walk from First Parish Dorchester (UU)
across Faulkner St from the MBTA's Field's Corner station

First Parish Dorchester has an ADA compliant ramp and accessible restroom on the first floor, where the Meetup will be held. The Blarney Stone is accessible when entered from the parking lot at the rear or directly to the patio from the sidewalk.
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