LOI Filed for Mixed-Use Project at 1595-1599 Columbus Ave.
Urban Edge has filed an LOI that proposes to demo the existing buildings at 1595 - 1599 Columbus Ave. and replace them with a new 6-story mixed-use building. The new building would include around 65 affordable housing units and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/commercial space. The development team expects to submit the full PNF in the coming weeks.
Building Permit Granted for 125 Armory Street in JP
A building permit has been granted for the upcoming renovation of 125 Armory Street in Jamaica Plain.
Approved renovation of the existing 199-unit Amory Street affordable senior housing building, located on six acres steps from Egleston Square, and construction of approximately 353 mixed-income apartments across three new five-to-six-story buildings on site. Up to ten new affordable senior apartments would be added within the existing Amory Street Apartments. 135 apartments in the new buildings would be designated affordable, with the remaining 218 apartments offered at market rate.
Construction Nearly Complete for Walker Park Apartments
Construction is nearly complete for the Walker Park Apartments on Walnut Park in Roxbury. This 2 building development will feature a total of 49 apartments, all of which are designated affordable. Units range in size from one to three bedrooms. Walker Park replaces a dilapidated building and two vacant lots with much needed-affordable housing.
Jamaica Plain Redevelopment Secures $66.91 Million in Financing
The project at 125 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain has secured $66.91 million in financing with a large portion ($45.21 million) provided by Eastern Bank.
The approved renovation would consist of the existing 199-unit Amory Street affordable senior housing building, located on six acres steps from Egleston Square, and construction of approximately 353 mixed-income apartments across three new five-to-six-story buildings on site. Up to ten new affordable senior apartments would be added within the existing Amory Street Apartments. 135 apartments in the new buildings would be designated affordable, with the remaining 218 apartments offered at market rate.
599 Housing units move forward in Jamaica Plain, including preservation of 199 income restricted unitsLive: 559 housing units, preservation of 199 affordable housing units, 145 new affordable housing units, transit orientedWork: 364 construction jobs, 15 permanent operations, management and maintenance staff jobsConnect: 260,000 square feet of site improvements, new pedestrian and bicycle path, central connecting green, play area, accessible connectionsSize: 320,000 square feetThe Boston Housing Authority (BHA) issued a request for proposals for the 125 Amory Street property in July 2015 in an effort to preserve the existing 199 units at 125 Amory Street, and provide new housing on the adjacent vacant land. The project, the result of a partnership between the Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, will preserve the 199 existing affordable units, and build 145 new affordable units and 215 market rate units.125 Amory Street is an approximately six acre site owned by the BHA. The renovation portion of the preservation of the existing Amory Street Apartments, including new windows, high-efficiency mechanical systems, accessibility improvements, reprogrammed and improved common spaces for 4 residents, facade repairs, and interior unit upgrades. Existing additions to the building will be demolished, and improvements will be made for parking and open space around the site. The building will include up to 209 units of affordable senior housing, including an additional ten units that will be constructed in areas currently used by the BHA, which will be relocated offsite. Common program spaces will be upgraded within the building, and residential parking will be re-organized with replacement spaces adjacent to the building.The project includes construction of three new residential buildings totaling approximately 308,950 square feet. Building A will be a six story building over parking with approximately 147 rental apartments, including approximately 37 apartments affordable to households earning up to 70 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Approximately 25 percent of the units will be two-bedroom or larger units sized for families. The building will include approximately 57 below grade parking spaces. Building B will be a six story building over parking with approximately 140 rental apartments, including approximately 35 apartments affordable to households earning up to 70 percent of the AMI. Approximately 25 percent of the units will be two-bedroom or larger units sized for families. The building will include approximately 58 below-grade parking spaces. Building C will be a four and five story building with approximately 62 affordable rental apartments, with approximately 76 percent sized for families. At least eight units will be set aside for residents earning under 30 percent of the AMI, with the remainder for residents up to 60 percent of the AMI.
Renderings revealed of 125 Amory Street mixed-income development in Jamaica Plain
The proponents of the $150 million 125 Amory Street mixed-income development in Jamaica Plain have revealed renderings of the project’s three proposed new-construction buildings, as well as a site plan for the overall project. The new-construction buildings are designed to relate to the materials of adjacent warehouse buildings, the existing housing complex on site which would be renovated and overall neighborhood scale. Renderings of the buildings show large scale windows and bays, with stepped volumes to resonate with neighboring two- and three-family homes. The overall 125 Amory Street site plan calls for a new linear park along the MBTA Orange Line, with new community spaces and roadways throughout the six-acre site.
125 Amory Street would construct a total of 353 new apartments, 135 of which would be designated affordable, across the three new buildings. The existing 199-unit complex on site would be fully renovated, and ten new affordable senior housing units would be constructed within. 125 Amory Street’s proponents anticipate to commence renovation of the existing building in the second quarter of 2018, and construction of the three new buildings by the end of 2018. The latest renderings of 125 Amory Street are posted above. The project is now undergoing design review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
49 affordable housing units break ground in Egleston Square
Urban Edge broke ground Saturday (October 28th) on Walker Park, a two-building development that will provide Egleston Square with 49 affordable apartment residences. The development will replace a blighted building and two vacant lots with much-needed affordable housing. 41 apartments will be rented to households earning no more than 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) (40,000 to to $72,000 annually). Eight apartments will be rented to households earning no more than 30% of AMI (under $36,000 annually), including five apartments for homeless individuals and families.
Walker Park will cost $17.5 million to develop, and has received funding from the City of Boston, the State of Massachusetts, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds. Completion of the two buildings, located at 67 and 80 Walker Park, is expected in mid-2018. Urban Edge has also proposed to construct 42 affordable apartment residences at 41-51 Walker Park, steps from the Walker Park development. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is currently reviewing 41-51 Walker Park.
42 affordable apartments proposed in Roxbury's Egleston Square
Urban Edge proposes to construct a new five-story building in Roxbury's Egleston Square containing 42 affordable apartment residences. Select residences would be reserved for households transitioning from homelessness and people with accessibility and supportive housing needs. Amenities would include a community room, a media room, a patio and a potential green roof. Urban Edge has filed plans for 41-51 Walnut Park with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
$150 million renovation and mixed-income expansion proposed for Jamaica Plain affordable housing complex
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, The Community Builders and Urban Edge propose to develop a $150 million renovation and expansion of the existing Amory Street Apartments affordable senior housing complex in Jamaica Plain, located steps from Egleston Square and the MBTA Orange Line. The existing 199-unit complex would be fully renovated, and ten new affordable senior housing units would be constructed within the existing building. Throughout the six-acre Amory Street Apartments site, three new buildings would be constructed containing 353 new apartments, 135 of which would be designated affordable.The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) signaling their intent to develop the project, and will file a Project Notification Form (PNF) with additional details in the coming months. The proponents anticipate to commence renovation of the existing building in the second quarter of 2018, and construction of the three new buildings by the end of 2018.
75,000 square foot Jackson Square Recreation Center approved in Roxbury
The Jackson Square Recreation Center, a 75,000 square foot multi-use indoor recreational space, was approved at last Thursday (March 16th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The Recreation Center will provide the Roxbury community with two full-size turf fields, one of which will also serve as an indoor skating rink.
Urban Edge acquires future home of 36 residences in Jackson Square for $1.2 millionLast Monday (August 15th, 2016), Roxbury-based housing developer Urban Edge acquired a 12,858 square foot site in Jackson Square, located at 1599 Columbus Avenue, for $1.2 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Urban Edge also secured a $1.2 million mortgage for 1599 Columbus Avenue through Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. Per the developer's Consolidated Financial Statements dated June 27th, 2016, Urban Edge intends to also acquire an adjacent 3,138 square foot city-owned parcel and construct 36 residential units across the combined 0.37-acre site.1599 Columbus Avenue is the latest development opportunity to come to Jackson Square. Urban Edge recently completed Jackson Commons, a Jackson Square mixed-use development project containing 37 rental residential units, ground-floor retail, a community learning center and Urban Edge's new headquarters. Urban Edge will also construct Walker Park Apartments, a $17.7 million residential project in nearby Egleston Square that will feature 49 apartments across two new buildings. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Jackson Square Site III Phase 3, a mixed-use development project containing 144 residential units and 2,400 square feet of retail located steps from 1599 Columbus Avenue, for construction at last Thursday (August 11th, 2016)'s board meeting. Across from 1599 Columbus Avenue, 75 Amory Avenue, a 39-unit residential apartment building, is under construction and a historic factory building that sits on 92,271 square feet of land at 41-75 Amory Street is owned by developer Mordechai Levin. The following is the deed for Urban Edge's acquisition of 1599 Columbus Avenue: