Neighborhood Group to Consider 44-Unit Affordable Rental Complex

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Rendering of proposal for 25 Amory St.

JPNDC

Rendering of proposal for 25 Amory St.

Rendering of proposal for 25 Amory St.

JPNDC

Development is always big news in JP. And the Zoning Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council sees virtually every proposal of consequence. The neighborhood group meets Wednesday to consider two projects. The largest is a proposal from the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. to build 44 units of affordable rental housing at 25 Amory St.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

The smaller item on the agenda is a bid to renovate 20R Spring Park Ave. by expanding its carriage house and making that into a single-family home.

The JPNDC's proposal for 25 Amory St., according to project documents, would take a parcel that's now owned by the MBTA and the state's Department of Transportation and transform it into permanently affordable housing. The city of Boston and the state would "provide capital subsidies necessary to achieve 100 percent affordability." The units would be kept affordable via "long term deed restrictions."

The apartments at 25 Amory are part of the larger Jackson Square Project. Some of the buildings are already done, including 225 Centre St.

As everyone in Jamaica Plain knows, high housing prices have been changing who is able to afford the neighborhood. Most of the recently completed housing developments in the neighborhood are market rate with a certain percentage of the units, usually around the city's minimum of 15 percent, set aside for subsidized "affordable" units.

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