Rendering of 3353 Washington St.

Six-Story, 45-Unit Building Divides Residents, Neighborhood Board


[Editor's note: Since the original posting, we've added context around a quote from the chairman of the JPNC Zoning Committee.]

A plan by the neighborhood's best-known landlord for a six-story development at Washington and Green failed to win approval — or suffer disapproval - from a narrowly divided neighborhood advisory group. Last month marked two years since Mordechai Levin started talks with the city to raze four existing buildings and erect a residential development with retail at 3353 Washington St. Current plans call for a 68-foot tall building with five stories plus rooftop mezzanines. In zoning terms, it's a six-story building. However, Architect Deb Katz and her team have set back the rooftop elevations to reduce the "perception of massing."

What’s Under Construction at 632-638 Centre St.?

You may have noticed that a one-story commercial building on Centre Street next to the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center was recently razed and a new structure is being built in its place. Several people have asked Jamaica Plain News what's being built -- and we've got some preliminary information for you. A three-story as-of-right building with a brick exterior is being built at that location, according to a building permit provided to JP News by Boston's Inspectional Services Department. It will contain retail space on the first floor, office space and three apartments on the second floor, and six apartments on the third floor, for a total of nine apartments. The city's Assessing Department lists GCB Realty LLC as the owner of the property.

Goddard House Project Reduced in Size Due to Construction Costs

The Boston Planning & Development Agency board has approved proposed changes to the Goddard House project on South Huntington Avenue, which will be reduced in size due to financial constraints, according to the developer. The project had been approved by the BPDA for 165,000 sq. ft., while the new plan shrinks the size to 150,000 sq. ft. The number of units also decreased from 167 to 149.

BPDA Board Approves Plans to Double Size, Add Turf Field at Jackson Square Rec Center

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board approved new plans for a proposed Jackson Square Recreational Center that vastly increases the size of the center and adds an additional floor. The BPDA board approved plans on March 17 that call for a 75,000 square foot recreation center at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street across the street from the Jackson Square MBTA Station in Jamaica Plain. Earlier plans had the project at 34,000 square feet, said BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The size increase is due to an the addition of another floor to the project. The recreation center would be a three-story multi-use indoor space with an ice rink on the first floor 10 months of the year, with a mezzanine level (regarded as the second floor) that includes bleacher seating for the ice rink.

Group Suing City for Approving 50+ Variances for Condos at Allandale Woods

The following was provided by Tony LaCasse of the Friends of Allandale Woods. A broad coalition of neighborhood residents and groups are suing the city of Boston to enforce its own zoning laws, in order to protect one of its most pristine parks. A group of abutters supported by the Friends of Allandale Woods Coalition has filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court to stop the building of 18 -- million-dollar plus condominiums on a two-acre lot, which is zoned for single-family residences. The picturesque parcel with a 19th century farmhouse overlooks Allandale Woods, a Boston Parks forest on the West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain border. In December, the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) approved more than 50 variances that waived nearly every building guideline specifically established for the scenic neighborhood.