The author is a private citizen in Jamaica Plain who attended the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting on Feb. 1st and submitted the following report to Jamaica Plain News.
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee supported a planned 44-unit rental apartment building for 25 Amory St. at its meeting on Feb. 1st.
The apartment building will be home to 44-low income tenants from 30% to 60% area median income. That means eight units will be available to those who make less than $26,000 per year and the other units will be for people who make up to $52,000 a year for a three-bedroom. That means that if you are a small family with a combined income of less than $40,000 to $50,000 a year you can qualify to rent a unit in the proposed building. Two units will be fully accessible and designated for the sensory-impaired.
A small portion of these units will have a "local preference" meaning that those who can prove they have already been living in the community for a long period they will receive approval preference. Those who are in places where the rents are going up may want to watch JPNDC closely and be ready to apply as soon as possible.
Many local groups were present to show support for this project such as Keep it 100, and City Life/Vida Urbana, as well as local residents.
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Editor's note: Dave Baron, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, said that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation noted in its presentation that, while the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) rules ordinarily forbid preferences to residents of a particular neighborhood for the allocation of affordable units, DND and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) have specifically said such preferences are going to be allowed in a limited way within the Plan: JP/Rox area.