Jordan Graham | Boston Herald

NEW HOUSING: Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaks yesterday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Parkside on Adams, a mixed-use project in Roslindale that will include 43 units of housing as well as a restaurant that will be inside a former MBTA substation building. Photo by: Faith Ninivaggi
NEW HOUSING: Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaks yesterday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Parkside on Adams, a mixed-use project in Roslindale that will include 43 units of housing as well as a restaurant that will be inside a former MBTA substation building. Photo by: Faith Ninivaggi

Officials broke ground yesterday on a Roslindale development that will transform an MBTA substation vacant for more than 40 years and add middle-class housing, a project Mayor Martin J. Walsh said offers an affordable alternative to the explosion of luxury housing in Boston.

“This is an exciting project for the city, an exciting project for Roslindale,” Walsh said yesterday after the groundbreaking for The Parkside on Adams. “Here’s an opportunity for 43 units in neighborhoods that can help sustain a community. It’s certainly a big part of the answer.”

The Parkside on Adams will include those 43 housing studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units at the site of the former F.J. Higgins Funeral Home and the long-vacant and unused MBTA substation on Washington Street will be restored and house a 120-seat restaurant on its ground floor.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, transforming event for our neighborhood,” said Steve Gag, president of Roslindale Village Main Streets.

Walsh said the $15 million project, which is across the street from Adams Park, will help complete the redevelopment of the area. Read more