The landlord of Turtle Swamp Brewery is suing to stop a supportive housing development that the city has allotted millions to help create. In November 2019, Mayor Marty Walsh celebrated the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board of Directors voting in support of the Pine Street Inn's and Community Builders project at 3368 Washington St. The new project will be the city's largest supportive housing development. In total there will be 202 income-restricted units in the five-story, mixed-use building. There will be 140 units designated as supportive housing for individuals served by Pine Street Inn, and another 62 units will be available for low- and moderate-income households.
Across Boston there are a lot of historic barns, stables, or carriage houses. And the city would like to know about all of them to help inform future neighborhood development projects. Through the years some have been made into art studios, garages, garden sheds and more. There are ones with beautiful slate roofs, original features dating back decades, and more. There are also ones that are going unused, falling apart and in desperate need of repair. The project is being spearheaded by the Housing Innovation Lab, in collaboration with the Landmarks Commission, the Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Planning & Development Agency, and Inspectional Services Department.
The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.
The site of the dive bar The Drinking Fountain is for sale, and being advertised as a good opportunity for developers. The building was posted on zillow.com in early June and has already seen a price cut of $20,000 on June 30, and is now listed for $1,575,000. Located at 3520 Washington St., and 5,793 square feet, it also includes two residential units above the old bar with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, two parking spaces, and was built in 1900, according to zillow.com. "For a bar owner, catering service or a restauranteur, this is a rare opportunity to own your own space and have monthly rental income from the residential units above to boot," says the zillow.com listing. The listing also notes the property is located in the Plan: JP/Rox study area, and a building may go up to 55 feet in height on the parcel.
Three Jamaica Plain projects are among the 40 recommended by the city to receive more than $24 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. The Community Preservation Committee met on Jan. 27 to vote on Mayor Marty Walsh's recommended slate of projects for funding. The Boston City Council will need to approve the use of the funds, and the council is expected to vote in the coming weeks. The three Jamaica Plain projects are:
$1,500,000 to the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders to build a portion of 202 affordable rental units, including 156 for formerly homeless households, at 3368 Washington Street
$200,000 to the Haffenreffer Brewery complex to restore the roof and windows for a "Prosperity Center" providing small business services, job training, ESL classes, and other programs
$200,000 to the Footlight Club, the country's oldest community theatre, to remediate structural problems and stabilize Eliot Hall, a Greek Revival wood-frame structure built in 1831