JPNDC Proposes 8 Affordable Units on Vacant Carolina Ave. and Call St. Parcels

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The city is holding a meeting to discuss the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation's (JPNDC) proposal to put three parcels together to build eight affordable units at Carolina Avenue and Call Street.


The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation has proposed eight affordable units be built at Carolina Avenue and Call Street.

JPNDC's proposal is for two 3-story, 4-unit buildings to be built on Call Street at the intersection of Carolina Avenue. Each building would have three 4-bedroom units and one 2-bedroom unit.

Four of the units would be sold to homeowners at a maximum of 80% area median income, and four units would be rented at a maximum of 60% area median income. The proposal calls for eight off-street parking spaces, which may be reduced to six due to preliminary discussion with abutters.

The project would be created by combining two parcels, 71-77 Call St. and 81 Call St., designated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in November 2017 with a smaller city-owned parcel that would need to be designated. The city previously put out a request for proposals for its 1,380 sq. ft. parcel. The city-owned parcels are flanked by the two other parcels, adding up to a total of 13,870 sq. ft., and without the city parcel the proposed project is not possible, according to JPNDC's RFP submitted to the city.

Two three-story buildings would be built on Call Street by Carolina Avenue.

JPNDC's proposal states 51 percent of total employee hours will go to minorities as determined by the Boston Resident Jobs Policy Office. Boston residents would be provided at least 51 percent of the total employee hours of each trade, and at least 35 percent of the total employee hours of each trade would go to Jamaica Plain and Roxbury residents. Women would receive 10 percent of employee work hours.

JPNDC's RFP proposal also provides a "best case scenario" of how quickly the project could go with the Zoning Board of Appeals approving the project in August after a previous ZBA hearing and a presentation to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee. The city-owned parcel would also have to be designated to JPNDC.

The city's public meeting, led by the Department of Neighborhood Development, at which the JPNDC will discuss their development proposal, will be on Monday, April 30 at the Farnsworth House (90 South St.) at 6:30 pm.