44-Unit Apartment Building at 25 Amory Supported by JPNC

The author is a private citizen in Jamaica Plain who attended the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting on Feb. 1st and submitted the following report to Jamaica Plain News. 

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee supported a planned 44-unit rental apartment building for 25 Amory St. at its meeting on Feb. 1st.

The apartment building will be home to 44-low income tenants from 30% to 60% area median income. That means eight units will be available to those who make less than $26,000 per year and the other units will be for people who make up to $52,000 a year for a three-bedroom. That means that if you are a small family with a combined income of less than $40,000 to $50,000 a year you can qualify to rent a unit in the proposed building. Two units will be fully accessible and designated for the sensory-impaired.

A small portion of these units will have a “local preference” meaning that those who can prove they have already been living in the community for a long period they will receive approval preference. Those who are in places where the rents are going up may want to watch JPNDC closely and be ready to apply as soon as possible.

Many local groups were present to show support for this project such as Keep it 100, and City Life/Vida Urbana, as well as local residents.

Click here if you would like to know more about the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council and/or attend a meeting, which are posted on the site.

Click here if you want to know more about the 25 Amory Street project.

Editor’s note: Dave Baron, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, said that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation noted in its presentation that, while the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) rules ordinarily forbid preferences to residents of a particular neighborhood for the allocation of affordable units, DND and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) have specifically said such preferences are going to be allowed in a limited way within the Plan: JP/Rox area.  

  • JP Alliance

    Is this an article or an op-ed?

    • Lisa Marie Garver

      Its not an opinion. I went to an event and saw that you could tell people about events that happened. I submitted the article and it was reviewed and fact checked. I was excited about the project and noticed that JP news didn’t report on it or even the results of the last JP/Rox meeting.

      • JP Alliance

        hey at least we agree that jp news is terrible

  • David

    obviously an op ed.
    Lisa Marie Garver works as yet another proxy for the trouble maker socialist group city life vida urbano. its just like 100% affordable George Lee.

    • Lisa Marie Garver

      I don’t work for anyone. If you want to submit an article detailing events that happened you can send one in as well. The editor will review it as a “local submission” Its not my opinion. Am I a staff writer? No, but what I wrote was reviewed and fact checked and I took pains not to be biased. In fact when the time came to speak on the JPNDC project I asked a question. Just because I believe that George is a good guy with passions and intelligence and take on the arduous task of speaking up for him and others doesn’t mean I am “a proxy” I have literally attended 1 city life meeting and that is because they are open, enthusiastic and understand my needs and the needs of others. Its a place for discussion. If I disagree, I say so.

      That said, what I do know is that CLVU and Keep it 100 are two different groups with two different goals and approaches. DOes CLVU protest? yes, but they do many, many other things. They literally go to peoples court hearings for being exicted and try to help them find resources. COntrary to what you might believe *even if* someone is paid at CLVU its not some insane wage and its a really big job. That said, MOST people are volunteers. I don’t have the data on how many, but it’s really sad that you would jump to those conclusions.

      What I want, if you allow me to say so, is for everyone in this community to find middle ground. Keep it 100 and CLVU spend every day dealing with the most vulnerable people who will see losses from major development. UNless they are lucky enough to get into the JPNDC buildings, most people wil eventually be pushed out to hyde park and on and on. So, yea, is 44 affordable units a solution? no, but its a start and there already is a lot of development happening that is “market rate’ over by Forest hills. Market Rate housing is coming. Everyone who has been price gouged knows that. Keep it 100 and CLVU are fighting to speak for people who have no voice or have to work or can’t afford to take time off. But they would listen to anyone and everyone. They really are very kind and open people.