NACA finds new home at 225 Centre St.

May 23, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff

JACKSON SQ.—The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), which is being pushed out of its longtime home on Washington Street, has found a new residence, becoming the first commercial tenant at the recently completed mixed-use 225 Centre St. building.

NACA is an advocacy organization and mortgage lender for lower-income homeowners and operates offices around the country. Its headquarters is currently at 3593-3615 Washington St. in JP, but a proposed 283-unit apartment project called “The Commons” is forcing it to relocate.

“We’ve been looking for a while and we found the new space not that long ago,” said NACA CEO Bruce Marks in a phone interview. “Jamaica Plain is where we’ve been. We’ve helped a lot of homeowners.”

The 225 Centre St. building was developed by The Community Builders (TCB) and is part of the redevelopment of about 11 acres of land in Jackson Square by a team that includes Mitchell Properties, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Urban Edge.

“With all the development, we could be in a location for a lot of good stuff happening in JP,” said Marks.

TCB announced in the press release that 100 percent of the 103 units at 225 Centre St. have been leased. It also said that a Zip Car vehicle-sharing site and 250 solar energy panels have been installed at the building.

“This is a time of exciting growth and investment at 225 Centre and throughout Jackson Square,” said TCB CEO Bart Mitchell, according to the press release. “We look forward to welcoming NACA staff to this vibrant neighborhood.”

NACA expects to relocate next month.