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.
The landlord of Turtle Swamp Brewery is suing to stop a supportive housing development that the city has allotted millions to help create. In November 2019, Mayor Marty Walsh celebrated the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board of Directors voting in support of the Pine Street Inn's and Community Builders project at 3368 Washington St. The new project will be the city's largest supportive housing development. In total there will be 202 income-restricted units in the five-story, mixed-use building. There will be 140 units designated as supportive housing for individuals served by Pine Street Inn, and another 62 units will be available for low- and moderate-income households.
Three Jamaica Plain projects are among the 40 recommended by the city to receive more than $24 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. The Community Preservation Committee met on Jan. 27 to vote on Mayor Marty Walsh's recommended slate of projects for funding. The Boston City Council will need to approve the use of the funds, and the council is expected to vote in the coming weeks. The three Jamaica Plain projects are:
$1,500,000 to the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders to build a portion of 202 affordable rental units, including 156 for formerly homeless households, at 3368 Washington Street
$200,000 to the Haffenreffer Brewery complex to restore the roof and windows for a "Prosperity Center" providing small business services, job training, ESL classes, and other programs
$200,000 to the Footlight Club, the country's oldest community theatre, to remediate structural problems and stabilize Eliot Hall, a Greek Revival wood-frame structure built in 1831
On Thursday night, the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board of Directors voted in support to move forward a project that will provide 140 units designated as supportive housing for individuals served by Pine Street Inn. "In Boston, we are committed to making sure that every individual has a place to call home and build a better life," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release. "This project is only possible because of the commitment of Pine Street Inn, The Community Builders, and many partners and stakeholders across the city who have joined our call to bring an end to chronic homelessness." The project, located at 3368 Washington St., will demolish the existing structure owned by Pine Street Inn, which houses operations and offices. The new project will be the city's largest supportive housing development.