JPNC’s Zoning Committee gives a thump up for Forest Hills project

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee during its May 17 meeting voted to recommend for approval “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St., according to committee chair Dave Baron.

“The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion Development Partners and was approved by the BPDA board in January.

The project will contain 250 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of retail space, and 140 parking spaces at 3694 Washington St. Fifty of the units will be marked as affordable, which is more than required under the City’s affordable-housing policy. The project site’s current use is a parking lot, which is used by commuters for the MBTA.

The project design is composed of three main buildings: the building facing Washington Street will provide five stories of residential units over ground floor retail space, and the two buildings behind that will provide six stories of residential units with one building tapering to five stories where it is closest to Tower Street and Orchardhill Road.

Units will be a mix of studios, one- two- and three- bedroom units, three bedroom townhouses, an artist live/work housing unit, and units consisting of three bedrooms with private bathrooms and common living and dining space.

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