Goods and Services

Building America seeks to increase the provision of goods and services to residents of underserved communities through new neighborhood-servicing commercial development. With its two allocations of NMTCs, Building America is bringing local residents a variety of much-needed goods and services, from office and retail establishments to healthcare, childcare, student services, and job readiness counseling, all of which are in keeping with the communities’ long-term redevelopment plans.

225 Centre Street, Boston, MA: The project is the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment initiative that encompasses 11+ acres of mostly vacant urban space. This community-based redevelopment plan is designed to turn Jackson Square into a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood. With a population that is more than two-thirds minority, the project team set specific hiring goals: at least 50% of the workforce will be Boston residents; 40% will consist of minority workers; and 10% will be female workers. The larger Jackson Square initiative will offer 50,600 square feet of community facilities that will include a youth and family center and an indoor active recreation center.

Paseo Verde, Philadelphia, PA: This project will meet multiple goals of its North Philadelphia neighborhood. During the construction phase, the developer committed to minority/ woman/ disadvantaged small business participation goals: 25% MBEs; 8% WBEs; and 2% DSBEs. Because the project is located in a medically underserved area, commercial space has been leased to two health-related entities; APM, a local Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit; and the Public Health Management Corporation, a federally qualified health center. Services will include a financial health center, after-school care; and on-site primary health care services. APM will also expand residents’ future employment options through life skills training; job preparedness; and adult education. These two entities are expected to serve 1,500 to 2,000 low-income residents annually.

Caring Health Center, Springfield, MA: Currently, Caring Health is the only community health center in the region serving exclusively low-income families. The historic rehabilitation of three buildings will enable the Center to double its capacity to serve medical and dental patients, while converting the existing clinic to a Maternal and Child Health Center. Other features at Caring Health Center will include a community oriented pharmacy, new dental operatories, a wellness center, and a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. These improvements will allow the health center to serve 14,000 additional patients each year, with 52,000 more medical visits and 15,000 more dental visits.