The Holzer Park project on Amory Street is moving forward after the state committed to funding the building that will provide 62 new units of transit-oriented rental housing. Mayor Martin Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development made the announcement on July 23, as the project at 125 Amory Street has already received funding from the city. "I am excited that this project, along with several others, received the final amount of funding needed to begin the work to build more homes in our neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh via press release. "This project adds 62 subsidized housing units that will offer more opportunities for low and middle income families to live and work in Boston and further contributes to the goals laid out in our Housing Boston 2030 plan." All of the 62 units will be income-restricted across different income levels.
From looking at the old J.P. Auto Glass building at 3326 Washington St., one wouldn't think that the building is from the 1850s. A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property. But before that happens, let's learn about the history of the building. The following article was first published on Historic Boston Incorporated, and an earlier version was published on the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page. It is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from HBI.
There will be a community meeting on July 18 to discuss a proposed six-story, 225 affordable units building on Washington Street that would have 140 units designated for supportive housing for individuals served by property owner Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn and The Community Builders (TCB) are partnering on the proposal to construct a new six-story, mixed-use building at 3368 Washington St., which is near Green Street and Glen Road. The existing warehouse facility on the site would be razed and the current uses temporarily relocated. Pine Street Inn would have a new office onsite for its case management staff and would provide intensive support services to the 140 supportive housing units. TCB would provide operational management of the property, according to Lydia Scott, TCB development project manager. The plan also includes creating an endowment to assist with providing services to residents in the long-term.
There will be a community update on May 22 about a 45-unit apartment building proposed for Washington Street that was previously met with opposition by neighbors and politicians. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting a public meeting to provide an update about the six-story mixed-use project proposed by Boston Community Ventures. At the meeting, Boston Community Ventures will discuss its plan to change the project from rental units to condos. The design of the building isn't going to change, and the building will still have 45 residential units, which will be available for homeownership. There will also be 9 affordable homeownership opportunities -- 20 percent of the building; Six of those units will be sold at 50 percent of the area median income (AMI) and three units would be sold at 70 percent AMI.
What is a progressive position on housing? That is the question that will be tackled at a JP Progressives community conversation on April 29. "The City of Boston is rapidly becoming more unequal and segregated than at any time in its recent history. Boston is one of the least affordable major housing markets in the world, and Massachusetts is one of the most unequal states in the country. Our community in Jamaica Plain is at the forefront of this crisis," says the description of the event on JP Progressives' Facebook page.