Somerville Community Corporation is in the business of affordable housing; it’s what they’ve been doing for 43 years. Like any private development corporation, the SCC purchases property and renovates or reconstructs it. In their case, the properties primarily house low- to moderately low-income families who might not otherwise be able to afford to live in the community.
The SCC’s latest proposal — a 40-unit property with commercial space on the ground floor, the development of which is underway at 181 Washington St. in Union Square — is being met with significantly more opposition than typical SCC projects. What’s curious about this situation isn’t that such opposition exists, but the type of conversation that opposition is spurring, said Danny LeBlanc, SCC’s CEO.