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.

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The History of 3326 Washington Street: The Turnpike School from 1851

From looking at the old J.P. Auto Glass building at 3326 Washington St., one wouldn't think that the building is from the 1850s. A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property. But before that happens, let's learn about the history of the building. The following article was first published on Historic Boston Incorporated, and an earlier version was published on the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page. It is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from HBI.

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