75 Amory Ave. project to begin construction soon

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) hopes to begin construction on the low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. by the end of September, according to spokesperson Sally Swenson.

JPNDC secured funding for the project about a year ago. The nonprofit community development corporation is part of Jackson Square Partners, a coalition of companies redeveloping about 11 acres of land in the Jackson Square area in a coordinated plan.

The 75 Amory Ave. project is part of the first phase of the Jackson Square redevelopment master plan that was approved by the BRA in 2007. It originally was planned as a six-floor building with 36 affordable rental units and 19 affordable condos.

But the Great Recession stopped those plans. The new proposal is for a four-floor building with 39 affordable rental units and 1,015 square feet for office and resident program use. JPNDC has said the reduced size allows it to build a wood-framed structure, which is less expensive than the steel-framed alternative.

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