Construction Begins on New Jackson Square Development for 62 Affordable Units

Construction recently started on the new Holtzer Park housing development which will include 62 new affordable rental units in Jackson Square. The development is part of the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) 125 Amory Street redevelopment. The project is a joint venture between The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, which are renovating and preserving 199 public housing units as affordable housing, repurposing BHA offices into 12 new affordable units, and building approximately 133 units of affordable housing and 214 market-rate apartments in three new buildings on adjacent BHA-owned property. Holtzer Park will create 41 affordable units for households whose income is less than $76,740 for a family of four and are supported with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, according to a press release. An additional 21 of units will have project-based vouchers to provide more affordability for households whose income is less than $38,350 for a family of four.

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The Brynx Receives 2020 Preservation Massachusetts Award

The Brynx apartment building recently was recognized by Preservation Massachusetts for their 2020 Preservation Awards. Located on South Huntington Avenue, and steps from Olmstead Park, The Brynx is a two-building rental apartment community. It combines both the 1920’s Shepley Bulfinch-designed details and character of the original structure—formerly known as the Goddard House—with the contemporary feel of the newly-built property. The Brynx was honored as one of the best transformative projects that revitalizes the best of the past for something good for the future. Honoring the original architecture and timeless features, the team at The Brynx remixed the property for modern living, nearly 100 years after the building first opened.

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Miami Restaurant Building For Sale as Residential/Commercial Investment

The building of one of Jamaica Plains' favorite restaurants is up for sale, and being marketed as a multi-family and commercial investment. 379A-381 Centre St is a four-unit building with two commercial spaces with current tenants Miami Restaurant and Atlantic Travel, and two residential units. All tenants are staying in the property by Massachusetts law because leases survive the sale of real estate. The new owner must adhere to the terms of the lease, even if it is signed by the previous owner. According to the Assessing Department, the property was assessed for $1,078,200 in 2020.

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Fiore’s Bakery and Sazama Real Estate Become Odd Couple ‘Roomies’

There aren't a lot of bakery-real estate offices. But the global pandemic has created a new world that led the delicious croissants of Fiore's Bakery to share the same space with Ken Sazama Real Estate. After being closed for five months due to the Coronavirus, Fiore's Bakery reopened with a twist -- a new business roommate as Sazama Real Estate set up shop where customer seating used to be. Charlie Fiore and Ken Sazama talked about what led them to this odd coupling of their businesses. Q: What made you come to this interesting business arrangement?

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