BPDA approves 125 Amory St. dev.; project receives City affordable-housing funds

February 23, 2018
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its Feb. 8 meeting approved the 125 Amory St.

Meanwhile, the City announced that a portion of the project will receive affordable-housing funds.

The 125 Amory St. redevelopment project is proposed by Amory Street Partners, LLC, which is a partnership between The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Urban Edge. All three organizations are nonprofits that have been constructing affordable housing. Amory Street Partners’ proposal was selected by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) to redeveloped the site located at 125 Amory St., which is a public housing development for seniors and people with disabilities

The 125 Amory St. development currently has 199 affordable residential units and 54 surface parking spots. During renovation, some residents will be shuffled around the building into different units temporarily, but none of them will be displaced. Forty percent of the new residential units will be affordable to households earning 30 percent to 70 percent of the area median income (AMI).

The proposal involves renovating the existing building, and also building three new buildings, adding 360 new units to create a total of 559 units on the six-acre site. One hundred and four parking spots will also be added, bringing the total parking spaces up to 257 spaces total.

Sixty-two percent of all units on site will be affordable; 145 of the new units will be affordable, which means that there will be 344 affordable units total. Two hundred and seven units are slated for 30 percent AMI, 10 units for 50 percent AMI, 55 units for 60 percent AMI, and 72 units at 70 percent AMI.

The remaining units will be market rate. Noah Sawyer, senior project manager at The Community Builders, estimated that market rate would rent at around $2,500 for a one-bedroom.

A portion of those new affordable-housing units is being built by Urban Edge, which recently received funds from the City.

“Many thanks to Mayor Marty Walsh and to the City of Boston for their ongoing commitment to redevelop Roxbury and Jamaica Plain,” said Frank Shea, Urban Edge’s chief executive officer, in a released statement.  “The Holtzer Park project, which is part of a larger effort with our partners at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and The Community Builders to strengthen the community for all of the families living here, will bring 62 new affordable apartments to the area.  We are thrilled to be in partnership with the Boston Housing Authority on this project and we look forward to working with the city as this development gets underway.”

The funds come from more than $15 millions that the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Neighborhood Housing Trust is dispersing to affordable-housing developments throughout Boston.

“Our team is extremely proud that we were able to fund projects with such deep affordability, ranging from 60 percent of the area median income to homeless individuals,” said Department of Neighborhood Development Director Sheila Dillon, in a released statement. “I can’t wait to see these projects completed, and I want to thank the Neighborhood Housing Trust and our partners for helping us create more affordable housing in Boston.”

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