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.
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.
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.
A property owner is proposing to put in 160 residential units and a restaurant on a two-acre site at 3390 Washington St. In a letter of intent (LOI) sent to the Boston Development & Planning Agency, Chris Tracy, Senior Director of O'Neill and Associates, wrote that longtime owner and operator Robert Harrington of BMS Paper, wants to continue that business and expand upon the building. The LOI says that approximately 160 residential market rate and affordable units would be built. It is required by city law to build a certain amount of affordable units with any large project. The eatery would be a "moderately priced neighborhood style restaurant," and the total project would be in 199,000 sq. ft.
A building that's been vacant for seven years was recently razed to make way for a renovation of the state laboratory abutting the Arnold Arboretum. The Biologics Building (307 South St.) was constructed in 1904, had additions in 1926 and 1951, and was used for the production of diphtheria antitoxin and animal vaccines as a joint venture between Harvard University and the state. The building continued to be used for the manufacture of vaccines until 2013, when MassBiologics, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, moved to a newly built campus in Mattapan. MassBiologics develops and manufactures vaccines and other biologic products. Since 2013, the building remained unoccupied and has now been demolished.