Amory Street Developer Changing # of Units from 140 to 96, Making All Affordable Housing

A developer wants to reduce the number of units already approved for a project at 127 Amory St., and make all units affordable. The Community Builders filed a project change notice with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) regarding the project at 127 Amory Street, which is the third phase of a four phase project under construction at 125 Amory St. The original plan was for 140 newly constructed units with 105 to be rented at market rate. The other 35 were going to be rented at 70% or less AMI (area median income). The majority of the units were going to be studios or one-bedroom apartments, with 25% of the units containing two or more bedrooms. The approved plan was to include 58 subsurface parking spots and 14 outdoor parking spots.

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Lottery Applications Being Accepted for New Amory Street Income-Restricted Apartments

Lottery applications are now being accepted for 44 new income-restricted apartments at 25 Amory Street. This is a transit-orientated Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) project that is part of a multi-phase plan to transform land left vacant five decades ago when homes and businesses were bulldozed for a proposed highway. Twenty-nine of the 44 units are 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and are for families. Five of the units are being set aside for homeless individuals, and will be filled by a direct referral by HomeStart, according to 25amory.com. Five of the units are mobility accessible, and one unit is for sensory hearing.

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Youth Enrichment Services Ski Shop, 9 Condos Proposed on Amory Street

You don't hear about a lot of proposed developments that include a ski rental shop for a sports based youth program in Jamaica Plain. But that's one part of an Amory Street proposal being discussed at a public meeting on June 24. The proposal includes two buildings at 265-267 Amory Street. One would be three stories commercial building that would include a state-of-the-art ski rental shop with an outdoor activity storage to serve Youth Enrichment Services (YES). YES' mission is to provide impactful "outdoor experiences and leadership opportunities that build confidence and prepare them to summit life's challenges," according to its website.

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DCR Playgrounds, Spray Decks and Fitness Areas Now Open to Public

Summer weather is here and now we can all go to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spray decks, playgrounds, and fitness areas, after the agency announced they're all open for public use. The reopening is part of Phase II of the state's reopening plan. According to a press release, DCR will conduct "periodic cleanings of spray decks, playgrounds and fitness areas." Signage has also been posted to provide guidance to visitors on proper use. There are nine DCR-run playgrounds/spray decks/fitness areas in Jamaica Plain:

Amory Playground (Amory Street)
Anson Spalding Street Playground (Spalding Street)
Boynton Hall Street Playground (Hall Street)
Corporal Joseph E. Johnson Playground and Spray Deck (Green Street)
Everett Street Playground (Everett Street)
Lorber Family Playground (Jackson Square)
Mission Hill Deck Playground (Tremont Street)
New Minton Street Playground (New Minton Street)
Stony Brook Playground and Spray Deck (Lamartine Street)

The Johnson Spray Deck also recently got a facelift with picnic benches and soft padding replaced the hard concrete by the spray fountains.

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