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Former Brighton hospital that was supposed to be torn down for a residential tower will re-open tomorrow to treat homeless Covid-19 patients

Boston tomorrow re-opens the long shuttered Kindred Hospital at 1515 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton to house homeless people in need of isolation who don't need more intensive hospital care - and will use a Suffolk University dorm for housing the homeless, Mayor Walsh said today.

Marty Martinez, the chy's chief of health and human services, said the repurposed Kindred Hospital building, which once had 59 acute-care beds, could be open for patients as soon as tomorrow, under the operation of the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Health Care for the Homeless.

The Davis Companies bought the building, which was once open as Hahnemann Hospital, bought the property in 2018 for $15.75 million, with plans to put up 330 apartments and condos in a building between 8 and 16 stories.

Walsh added that Suffolk University will let the city repurpose a 172-bed dorm to provide additional beds for people who might otherwise go to the Pine Street Inn or other shelters.

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Translation the Pine Street Inn is overwhelmed by the spread of the virus.

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A purpose better-served than yet more luxury dwellings for the wealthy and foreign investors.

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COVID-19 has put an abrupt end to influx of new Boston residents and development.

Housing in Boston 2021 is going to be entirely different from Boston 2019. People still won't be able to afford the rents but that's because they'll be unemployed. Unlikely to be much if any new development for a while. On the flip side, those with jobs might find rents to be a bit more reasonable or at least no drastic increases.

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This crisis is good for biotech, and this is the world capital of biotech. Biotech headcount in the Boston area will rise, not fall.

The apartments inhabited by people who can’t afford the rents, and the bigger houses bought by biotech workers who now need to work from home, are two different markets.

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I've been worried about my job. I work in cybersecurity, and while its software.. our product is very popular right now! (esp after the HHS breach)

But I remember that during the last few downturns, Boston still fared fairly well. I mean not great, but far better than my friends in Atlanta and Houston. Biotech, Healthcare, and the Universities do keep us a float during lean times.

But I think housing will be different in 2021. I think this is going to rock the markets a bit. And the whole overseas investor buying properties here will soon end.

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Even construction was able to hang on here. Largely tied to those other businesses you mentioned. But they were able to hang on, it wasn't busy by any means but they were able to keep people employed here when the industry fell apart elsewhere after 2008.

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Maybe if we are hysterical enough about it we can get the city to weld us all into our homes.

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they can weld your mouth shut

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Great work Mayor Walsh and BPHC. We r all in this together

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With trillions in Corona aid flowing, when will Mayor Walsh ask President Trump to order the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately rebuild the Long Island Bridge, possibly using Bailey Bridge techniques that they specialize in? Such a bridge could be built in 48 hours, going a long way to returning critical services to the island where they belong. Simultaneously, the skilled construction forces of the ACE could be repairing the existing hospital buildings on the island at the same time as bridge building.

Then again, don't be silly. The virus isn't important enough to derail the campaign contributers Master Plan for Development of Long Island so no free, immediate bridge will be sought. Walsh and his people know that if you put the homeless and infirm back out there, you'll never get rid of them a second time!

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You're unhealthily obsessed with an idea that isn't going to happen vs. finding a way to appreciate a solution that will be open tomorrow (honestly, even if Marty and Dear Leader were lovers from days gone by and still had a flame and all that, you think they could get an alleged pontoon bridge not designed for open water ready by tomorrow, never mind rehabbing buildings exposed to salt air for several years?).

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whined enough about the project to shoulder some of that blame, or at least serve as a scapegoat.
From boston.gov/long-island:

OCTOBER 9, 2018
In response to the Quincy Conservation Commission's denial under the state Wetlands Protection Act, the City of Boston files Request for Superseding Order of Conditions with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Then, radio silence.

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Building a pontoon bridge would eliminate the Hingham-Boston ferry, parts of the Boston Harbor Island ferries, and other marine traffic.

Maybe they could make it a draw bridge.

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I already explained you why this is a blatantly stupid idea. A decaying building doesn't become a hospital because it's got the word HOSPITAL on its crumbling facade.

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What is this obsession with that island? Did DeSoto or Ponce deLeon or somebody find a Fountain of Health there?
Seriously, why is it that so many of the city's problems can be solved by "let's truck the unfortunate out of sight to an island"?
As a matter of resource-practicality, cost-effectiveness, and time - I suspect it's better to work on reactivating nearby medial buildings (such as Kindred, such as Quincy Hospital) and use empty hotels and dorms.

Oh, and one more thing: "Free bridge"???!!! If you really believe that, I have one to sell you.

Don't even get me started about the logistics of building a temp bridge. Yeah, the Corps could do it, but with what? How quickly? Do they have pontoon bridge sections mothballed in Portsmouth or New Bedford (assuming they have pontoons large enough to not block a navigable channel - they tend to not want to block channels if they can avoid it). Or else they just grab steel from somewhere and start banging it together on the old bridge piers. We'll just have Hannibal and Face break Murdoch out of the VA Hospital and they'll help B.A. cut everything to fit - all they need is enough acetyline!!!

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It existed.

It had solid housing with plumbing and electricity and telecom.

And then it ceased to exist.

And I've been stepping over homeless people down town every since, and kids in the South End have been encountering used needles in the playgrounds ever since,.

That's all there is to it. SOMETHING needs to exist. The island still exists. You want something else instead? FINE. Want to build it in my neighborhood and fill it with homeless? FINE. But let something get fucking BUILT already.

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His obsession with the bridge has nothing to do with yours. He's simply doing his usual bad-faith trolling.

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Any place that can be repurposed to house people who need to be isolated but don't need intensive hospital care will help.

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...and we have several now-empty large (and small) hotels in the city.

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There's a big difference between an old hospital and an empty hotel... when it comes to housing people with medical needs.

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Does anyone know if the Radius hospital in Roxbury is still standing? And in decent enough shape for re-use? I know it was supposed to be sold and have a large housing complex built there but I never saw any follow up about that actually happening.

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So it turns out there was a bunch of buildings going unoccupied in the city that could be used to house people who need it? Remind me why we have a homeless problem again?

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The original purpose ( outside of being landfill) was as a quarantine facility for people with TB.
It could end up being quite nostalgic

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