Developers across the country are drawing up plans for condo projects - and sometimes even whole communities - targeted at gay and lesbian buyers. And Massachusetts is proving to be a fertile laboratory for this experiment.
Two planned developments on either end of the state, the Stonewall at Audubon Circle in the Fenway and Paradise One in Easthampton, are pioneering condo complexes marketed to older gay and lesbian residents.
There is talk that a few developers might even move beyond the graying gay population to roll out condo projects aimed at gays of all ages.
But some critics, like state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston), are fuming over what they see as a new double standard.
“We try and get people in Southie into these (elderly) condos and we get croaked,” Wallace said. “They won’t just let us do South Boston residents.”
“You can do this for one group, and not another?” asked an incredulous Wallace. “It’s pushing the envelope to a drastic point.”
Wallace said Southie has tried time and again to win City Hall’s blessing to build housing targeted at neighborhood seniors, only to be lectured by city development officials about how it would run afoul of fair housing laws. He is threatening to take up the issue with city officials over what he calls a “double standard.”
“You would really know your neighbors,” Malchodi said. “The boys would have wonderful dinner parties and I would have plenty of women to go golfing with.”