The Boston Zoning Commission today approved a plan by the developers of the Olmsted Green development to swap in a soccer field and tot lot for the four-acre urban farm that was part of the original plans but never built.
Eric VanDusen, senior vice president of the Boston Fund, said that over the years, there had not been much interest in turning the land into a farm and that there are nearby alternatives, including a community garden on American Legion Highway. In contrast, both residents of the Olmsted Green development and more recently the Brooke Charter High School have expressed strong interest in having active recreation on the site.
The Boston Fund and the Lena Park Community Development Corp. have spent the past 15 years turning the former 38-acre grounds of Boston State Hospital on both sides of Morton Street into a development that is now nearing completion of 497 housing units, split between affordable and market-rate units and apartments and condos.
Once completed, the new park would be under the control of Lena Park and the Brooke School.