125 Amory Street Update
599 Housing units move forward in Jamaica Plain, including preservation of 199 income restricted units
Live: 559 housing units, preservation of 199 affordable housing units, 145 new affordable housing units, transit oriented
Work: 364 construction jobs, 15 permanent operations, management and maintenance staff jobs
Connect: 260,000 square feet of site improvements, new pedestrian and bicycle path, central connecting green, play area, accessible connections
Size: 320,000 square feet
The 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.