More Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Washington Street

Two new five-story market-rate residential buildings that would contain 58 apartments and ground-level commercial space have been proposed along Jamaica Plain’s Washington Street corridor near the Green Street MBTA station.

BPDA website

A developer has proposed two new mixed-use buildings along Washington Street near the Green Street MBTA station.

The proposal by CRM Property Management Corp. has been submitted to the Boston Planning and Development Agency and is currently under review, reports the Boston Herald:

The estimated $14.65 million project would replace an existing auto shop, ironworks shop, El Embajador restaurant and a vacant single-family home that would be demolished. The Washington Street site is abutted by commercial buildings and is across the street from a Pine Street Inn facility.

The first building would contain 33 studio and two-bedroom apartments and 850 square feet of commercial space at 3371-3375 Washington St. The second building, at 197-201 Green St., would contain 25 one- to three-bedroom units and 880 square feet of commercial space. Each building would also include outdoor decks, a bicycle room, a gym and a lounge, while a common driveway on Green Street would lead to 20 interior parking spaces within the Washington Street building, and 13 interior spaces within the Green Street building.

Ten of the units would be designated affordable, according to the Herald, which reports that CRM intends to start construction this summer or fall, with targeted completion later next year, pending city approvals. Because of the size of the proposal, the developer will need to file according to Large Project Review regulations and seek zoning relief from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals related to the size and change of use of the parcels in question.

This development is the latest of several mixed-use proposals along the Washington Street corridor between Forest Hills and Egleston Square, including projects at 3193 Washington St. and 3353 Washington St.

For more on the proposal, visit the BPDA’s website.

  • Robert Ellis

    17% affordable, yet David Baron’s group still opposed it unanimously. They would rather see no affordable units and a run down commercial/industrial eyesore, than gain 10 affordable units. Which just goes to show it’s not about affordability at all, it’s just NIMBYism. After all, 10 new affordable units means more 10 more apartments of “poor people” in the neighborhood.

    • Assuming “David Baron’s group” is the JPNC Zoning Committee, this is incorrect. There have been no community meetings of the Zoning Committee to date on this project. There was another proposed project at this location that went through a community process in 2013 and was withdrawn before it went to the Board of Appeal.

      • Robert Ellis

        Dave, thanks for chiming in. Is it possible for the JPNC Zoning Committee to support a project that is 17% affordable?

        • I think you are asking if the Zoning Committee ever votes to recommend approval of projects that are <25% affordable, since 25% affordability is what is called for by the JPNC's Inclusionary Development Policy for projects of 10+ units. The answer is yes, that has happened many times when projects are otherwise supported by the neighborhood, when they are seen to provide other important community benefits, and/or when there are other reasons to conclude that 25% is just not feasible for a particular project. The recommendations of the Zoning Committee are not always followed by the full JPNC, of course, but they usually are.

          • Robert Ellis

            Can you please list those projects?

          • Robert Ellis

            Let me guess… now you don’t have time?

          • jenuphoto

            76 Stonley Road, 3521-9 Washington Street (Flanagan & Seaton), 3593-3615 Washington Street (Metromark)…