General Heath Square Development Update Meeting on Oct. 17

There will be two public meetings to discuss the General Heath Square Apartments development and provide updates of the 4 story, 47 affordable units project on Oct. 17th.

BPDA

A 56,290 square foot, 4 story, 47 affordable housing unit is BPDA board approve for 61 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain.

Uncharacteristic of most Boston developments, the project has remained the same size since at least 2015. It is a 56,290 square foot, 4 story, 47 affordable housing unit sited for 61 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency board previously approved the project that is regarded as a “transit oriented structure” with 10 units at or below 30 percent area median income (AMI), 30 units at or below 60 percent AMI and 7 units at or below 80 percent AMI.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the Back of the Hill (BOTH) Community Development Corporation are collaborating to build the apartment complex where Heath, Wensley and Parker streets converge opposite Bromley Heath.

There are two meetings on Oct. 17th. The first one is a public Impact Advisory Group meeting from 6 to 7 pm, and the second is a public meeting about the development from 7 to 8 pm.

It’s important to note that IAG meetings are different than traditional community meetings, as anyone is welcome to attend IAG meetings and listen to the discussion. But the public meeting following the IAG meeting is the best time for the public to provide feedback about the project. IAG members work with Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) staff to identify the impacts of a project and recommend community benefits to offset impacts. IAG meetings prioritize discussion between the developer and IAG members.

These meetings will be at the Julia Martin House (90 Bickford St.) in Jamaica Plain.