The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved a 45-unit development proposed for the corner of Green and Washington streets at its December meeting. The proposed development was met with robust dissent from many neighbors when it was introduced to the community earlier this year.
According to the BPDA press release announcing its approval of the $18 million project, 3353 Washington St. will be an approximately 45,286-square-foot residential building with about 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The five-story building will include approximately 45 rental units. Eight of the units will be deemed affordable. Six of those units will be targeted at tenants earning 50 percent of the annual median income, and the remaining two units will be for those earning 70 percent AMI.
3353 Washington St., considered a transit-oriented development projected, is located a short walk from the Green Street MBTA station. There are 24 designated parking spaces planned for the development, and significant bike-storage space.
When 3353 Washington St. was first introduced to the community in April, many meeting attendees voiced displeasure with various aspects of the project and with its developer, Mordechai Levin. Subsequently, at a meeting in May, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Housing Community Development Committee unanimously rejected the proposal, citing, among other concerns, that the developer was "doing the bare minimum" to confer affordable housing and community benefits.
At that meeting, attendees urged a representative for the developer to share estimated market-rate rents for the built units. These estimates came in at $1,800 t0 $2,500 per month for a one-bedroom unit, $2,200 to $2,875 for a two-bedroom unit and $3,500 to $4,000 for a three-bedroom unit.
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