Developer Redesigns 3326 Washington St. Project with COVID-Focused Strategies

The developer of a Washington Street project has redesigned its proposal that would be more apropos for a COVID-19 world. "Last March, with the onset of COVID and the uncertainties it brought, we temporarily put the project on pause to evaluate the building program and design, but I am happy to say we are back! We have developed a revised design that we feel is stronger and more resilient for a post-Covid Boston," said Wyatt Komarin, founder of design and real estate development company Primary, about the proposal for 3326 Washington St. The building that is presently there was most recently home to J.P. Auto Glass, and dates back to the 1850s. Komarin told Jamaica Plain News that Primary outlined COVID-focused strategies for the project that include:

Increased average size of units by reducing unit count from 47 to 43, giving each unit more living space
Creation of 1BR Flex units with a flexible in-unit home office/den/childcare space
Increased number of private terraces, allowing residents a private individual space to go outside and have fresh air
Larger amenity areas, including a larger shared roof terrace area, to accommodate more social distancing within these spaces
An improved and enlarged bike storage facility design, to promote and provide easier access to this socially distant form of transit

There would be three studio apartments, 18 one-bedroom units, 11 one-bedroom units with dens, and 11 two-bedrooms. The project would include 23 percent of units being affordable, which fits the guidelines of Plan: JP/Rox.


Developer Pitches ‘New’ Doyle’s with Roof Deck, Next Door Market, and Condos

A developer looking to create a new Doyle's restaurant in its original building is also pitching a mixed-use building next door, and another residential building across the street. Lee Goodman of WaterMark Development met with neighbors on Oct. 1 in the parking lot of Doyle's, which shuttered its doors last year. Along with a renovation of the current Doyle's building, a roof deck would be added. The interior would be reconfigured, and there'd a new community room with a partially open kitchen, reported


Redevelopment of Hailey Apartments Would Add 435 Affordable/Upper Middle-Income Units to Public Housing Units

The proposed redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments would include a 1-to-1 replacement of the existing 253 public housing units and add 435 more housing units. The proposed project by The Community Building, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, is only Phase I of redevelopment the apartment complex in Jackson Square. Phase One is on the southeast portion of the existing apartments, and would include the construction of approximately 435 new affordable and upper middle-income apartments. To reiterate, the current 253 public housing units would be replaced with 253 new public housing units, according to the Boston Planning & Development Agency. There would also be approximately 290 parking spaces, according to the developers' Letter of Intent.


Will Doyle’s Be Revived? Community Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Project

While it won't be the Doyle's Pub that you, your father, your father's father, and his father, grew up with -- there is a proposed project to revive the pub that closed last year after 137 years of serving the community. The Save Doyle's Cafe Facebook page posted an update with a flyer for an Oct. 1 community meeting. "Priorities have shifted these past few months as we struggle through this pandemic and all of us take stock of what is dear. While we know there are more pressing issues at this time, we also know that our community will recover and life will resume some day.


Impact Advisory Group Discussing Pine Street Inn Development on Sept. 15

The development team of the city-approved Pine Street Inn supportive housing project will discuss its construction management plan during a public meeting on Sept. 15. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting the online meeting. The meeting's focus will be for the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) to hear from the development team about work that will be undertaken, and particularly the construction management plan once the project has obtained building permits. The project has received approval from the BPDA, and received millions of dollars in financial support from the city.