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Old Colony Housing Project

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Old Colony Housing Project

The Old Colony Housing Project is a housing project located in South Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1941, it is one of Boston Housing Authority's oldest developments. It is currently in the middle of a two-phase redevelopment project. Phase I was completed in 2011 and Phase II is currently in the permitting process.[1] The redevelopment process is moving most housing from large multi-family complexes to mixed housing, in keeping with the modern US philosophy for low-income housing.[2]

Across the street, on the rotary to the southwest, is where Whitey Bulger and associates Buddy Francis and Kevin Weeks owned a liquor store. Whitey grew up in the nearby Mary Ellen McCormack housing project, renamed the Old Harbor housing project. Buddy Francis was later murdered by Stephen Flemmi and John Martorano, on the orders of Bulger. The liquor store, formerly South Boston Liquor Mart, is now Kippy's Wine and Spirits.[3]

This project is where Michael Patrick MacDonald, an author, grew up. Today he writes of his experiences in the memoir All Souls: A Family Story From Southie.


Old Colony is roughly a triangle, bordered by East 8th Street, Dorchester St., Old Colony Ave., and Columbia Rd. It adjoins a traffic circle to the southwest, and Babe Ruth Park, a youth park with baseball fields, to the south.42°19′54″N 71°03′02″W / 42.3318°N 71.050666°W / 42.3318; -71.050666Coordinates: 42°19′54″N 71°03′02″W / 42.3318°N 71.050666°W / 42.3318; -71.050666


External links

  • Boston Housing Authority page for Old Colony Housing
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