Thomas I. Atkins Apartments

The Thomas I. Atkins Apartments are located at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Edgewood Street in Roxbury, MA, on the former site of the Kasanof Bakery. The Atkins Apartments development includes:

  • 43 affordable rental units (11 one-bedroom, 25 two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom) available to people earning 60% of the area median income or less
  • 5 units for families making only 30% of the area median income
  • Approximately 3,650 square feet of retail space

The development’s central location provides residents with ready access to transportation, major employment centers within 3 miles, shopping around Blue Hill Avenue, and several schools that are within easy reach for the children within the community.

The Atkins Apartments were designed with an emphasis on green and healthy living, and Nuestra incorporated a number of sustainable features into the building design. A geothermal heat pump system provides heating and cooling, and photovoltaic panels provide roughly 35% of the common area power needs each year.  Nuestra also integrated into the building, air sealing, energy efficient mechanicals and appliances, EnergyStar lighting, a state of the art ventilation system with fresh air supplied directly to each apartment, a heat recovery system that will capture exhaust air to aid heating supply, and low VOC paints.

The Atkins Apartments were developed over the course of seven years, beginning with Nuestra’s acquisition of the Kasanof Bakery site (then an empty lot) in 2003 and culminating with the completion and renaming of the development in winter 2010. Thomas I. Atkins (1939-2008), the building’s namesake, was a champion of racial justice who was Boston’s first black at-large city councilor and served as a lead lawyer for the national NAACP . In recognition of his extraordinary service to the Roxbury and Boston communities, a naming committee comprised of local residents elected to name the building in his honor. The Atkins Apartments were officially opened at a standing-room-only December 2010 ceremony attended by Governor Deval Patrick and members of the Atkins family. Click here to read a news article from the event.