BPDA Approves Green Street Project

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved a Jamaica Plain project on Green Street at the board’s March meeting.

The BPDA board approved the $2.25 million project at 197-201 Green St. that will create 23 residential units – including  income-restricted artist live/work units near Green Street MBTA station.

The developer, City Realty, will redevelop 11,726 square feet  of underutilized commercial and residential land by  combining two existing parcels at 197-201 Green St.

According to its ruling, the BPDA commented that the project will revitalize the area by replacing the vacant commercial land and single-family dwelling  with a new  mixed-use building. The also includes vehicular  and pedestrian access measures and improvements. 

Plans filed with the city show City Realty will construct a new four-story residential building totaling approximately 20,480 gross square feet with 23 residential rental units, approximately 720 square feet of ground floor retail space with at-grade parking for six vehicles, and storage for 22 bicycles.

“The project is within the PLAN: JP/ROX corridor, and triggers density bonus requirements,” wrote the BPDA board in its ruling. “Four units within the project will be income-restricted, one of which will be made affordable to households earning not more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), and three will be made affordable to households earning not more than 70 percent of AMI. All four IDP units are to be built out as artist live/work units.”

In a statement City  Realty said its goal  when  conceptualizing this project  was to  revitalize  the  neighborhood by replacing the  existing outdated free standing  single-family dwelling  and  vacant land  with a mixed-use building  that  will add new  housing units to the increasingly popular Jamaica Plain community.

The project will exceed the 20,000-square foot total build-out requirement for a project in a Boston neighborhood, and  therefore  required BPDA approval under the Article 80 Small Project Review regulations of Boston Zoning Code. The BPDA said the project will provide substantial benefits to the Jamaica Plain community by; creating much needed market rate residential housing in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood; creating on-site affordable rental units, which will meet  the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s affordable housing standards; revitalizing two underutilized parcels and replacing the current vacant lot and single- family dwelling with housing and retail space; creating commercial retail space along Green Street to accommodate Jamaica Plain’s growing population of residents, which will allow residents to not only live, but also shop and have access to amenities in the neighborhood; encouraging alternative modes of transportation through the use of bicycling and walking, due to the close proximity of the bus lines and at the Green Street, Forest Hills and Stony Brook MBTA stations; as well as creating bike racks and a dedicated bike room for storage of bikes within

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