Viviendas Apartments is part of the Villa Victoria affordable housing community located in Boston’s historic South End district. This project involved the comprehensive modernization of 181 occupied units for a local CDC; 108 in townhouse buildings, and 73 in a mid-rise building. The housing was originally developed in the mid 1970’s and required extensive interior and exterior renovations and streetscape improvements. Landscaping work included redesigned front yards with paving, retaining walls, shrubs and fencing; renovated plazas and pedestrian walkways and additional street trees. The building exterior envelope was renovated with new roofing, windows, doors and repair of stucco finishes. Interior modernization included new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, new heating system and upgrades to the electrical and ventilation systems.