Elizabeth Stone House plans move to Egleston

November 8, 2013
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The Elizabeth Stone House, a nonprofit that offers programs for battered women, plans to move into a new $20 million facility in Egleston Square in spring 2013, according to Jim May, the director of development for the nonprofit.

The nonprofit, which is currently located on the Roxbury/Jamaica Plain border at 8 Notre Dame St., would be moving less than a quarter-mile away, as the new building is slated to be built at the corner of Washington Street and Westminster Avenue. That location now has an abandon building, which would be torn down.

May said the change is necessitated because the current facility is too small, especially after the organization’s other building in Jamaica Plain burned down in 2007, forcing it to consolidate space. He said the nonprofit is “very excited” about moving, describing the current building in bleak terms and said that “everyone is over one another and no one has sufficient space.”

May said the proposed building would be 55,000 square feet, three times the size of the nonprofit’s current building. That will allow the Elizabeth Stone House to increase the amount of apartments that it offers for domestic violence victims to 27 from the present 14. It also will have 7,000 square feet for children services and day care, and 14,000 square feet for office and program space, according to May.

The nonprofit has already received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority for the project. May said it goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month. May said the project needs three variances for allowing office space in the ground floor, height and parking.

May said City, state and federal tax credits and funds will pay for the majority of the project, but that the nonprofit will need to raise about $6 million through a capital campaign.

For more information about the nonprofit, visit elizabethstonehouse.org.