A ribbon cutting was recently held for the Burnett Street Garden and Park, which was funded as part of a community benefits agreement with a developer. The park area includes a walking path with benches, picnic tables, a shaded structure, along with shrubbery, trees, and green space. The community garden has 28 raised beds, including four ADA raised beds, with a water supply and stone dust paths. In total, the park has 11,600 sq. ft.
Lottery applications are now being accepted for 44 new income-restricted apartments at 25 Amory Street. This is a transit-orientated Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) project that is part of a multi-phase plan to transform land left vacant five decades ago when homes and businesses were bulldozed for a proposed highway. Twenty-nine of the 44 units are 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and are for families. Five of the units are being set aside for homeless individuals, and will be filled by a direct referral by HomeStart, according to 25amory.com. Five of the units are mobility accessible, and one unit is for sensory hearing.
There will be a public meeting on June 30 to discuss a proposed 4-story building consisting of 13 micro-units on an empty lot on Woodlawn Street. The empty lot has been used for parking at the bottom of Woodlawn Street for several decades. Woodlawn Street is a dead end street where on-street parking is very cramped, and many people use the lot to turn around in. Located at 3-5 Woodlawn St., there would be 13 residential units conforming to the city's compact living pilot initiative. The units would all be studio apartments.
You don't hear about a lot of proposed developments that include a ski rental shop for a sports based youth program in Jamaica Plain. But that's one part of an Amory Street proposal being discussed at a public meeting on June 24. The proposal includes two buildings at 265-267 Amory Street. One would be three stories commercial building that would include a state-of-the-art ski rental shop with an outdoor activity storage to serve Youth Enrichment Services (YES). YES' mission is to provide impactful "outdoor experiences and leadership opportunities that build confidence and prepare them to summit life's challenges," according to its website.
The Forbes Building Tenants Association is holding a rally on Saturday to stop the possible displacement of more than 150 residents who are mostly low-income seniors and disabled persons. Forbes tenants preparing for the rally + press conference this Saturday!! Forbes = 147 unit bldg at 545 Centre St JP, mostly low-income seniors, persons w disabilities. Owner hasn’t followed thru on renewing subsidy contracts long-term; will expire soon (1/2) #bospoli pic.twitter.com/X4r1X6ZOcw
— MAHT (@MAHT_hudtenants) June 10, 2021
What's at stake is at least 85 apartments of which the association believed were being preserved for low-income renters for at least 20 years in the Forbes Building located at 545 Centre St through the 13A program. Thirty-seven of the units were to be preserved through the state's Mass Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), and 48 apartments through Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) from the Boston Housing Authority (BHA).