Urbanica Wins Parcel 8 Proposal

Jan 8, 2024

Urbanica’s innovative project design has been selected for Parcel 8, ushering in a transformative era for the Roxbury community. The project, now officially named NUBA, stands out not only for its commitment to providing 100% affordable housing but also for its thoughtful integration of artistic spaces that promise to invigorate both the local and creative communities of Boston.

NUBA’s housing component comprises 45 condo units, 64 rental units, 5 live-work artist units, and 5 commercial art spaces, all contributing to a diverse and inclusive living environment. This blend of housing options ensures that individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds can call NUBA home, fostering a sense of unity and diversity within the Roxbury community.

One of the standout features of NUBA is the inclusion of cafe and gallery spaces. These spaces are designed not only to serve as cultural hubs but also as catalysts for community engagement. 

One of the most exciting aspects of NUBA is the introduction of an “art walk,” a walkway adorned with captivating artworks created by local muralists and street artists. This outdoor gallery promises to be an ever-evolving showcase of the area’s rich cultural heritage and the artistic expressions of its residents. 

NUBA’s emphasis on the arts goes beyond physical spaces, extending to its commitment to supporting the creative community. By providing live-work artist units and commercial art spaces, NUBA actively nurtures an environment where artists can thrive, create, and contribute to the cultural tapestry of Roxbury. 

The NUBA project represents a significant asset to both the Roxbury community and the broader creative landscape of Boston. It not only addresses the pressing need for affordable housing but also injects a new cultural vibrancy into the neighborhood. By combining residential spaces with artistic hubs, NUBA exemplifies the transformative power of urban planning that prioritizes inclusivity, creativity, and community engagement.


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