BPDA approves Centre Street project

At its February Board meeting the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved the mixed-use development project at 632-638 Centre St. that will bring both new residential units and commercial space to Jamaica Plain. 

Developers of the Centre Street project, GCB Realty, LLC, will construct a four-story, mixed-use building with four ground-floor commercial units and 18 rental units. 

According to the BPDA ruling, four of the 18 residential units will be income-restricted units as part of the BPDA’s Inclusionary Development Policy. 

There will also be seven vehicular parking spots, one electric vehicle charging station, 18 interior bicycle storage spaces for residents and eight exterior bicycle storage spaces for visitors.

“Community benefits associated with the project include 8 bicycle storage spaces along Centre Street for use by the public, and accessibility improvements to the nearby sidewalks and pedestrian pathways,” wrote the BPDA in its ruling. 

GCB Realty Manager Andrew Zuroff said the proposed project will create a need for 25-30 construction jobs and one permanent job for an on- site property manager. 

“The jobs will be an additional public benefit that will contribute to help strengthen the economic vitality of the local Jamaica Plain neighborhood in the City of Boston,” he said. 

The Proposed Project has undergone extensive community review over a period of twenty-eight months which has resulted in an improved and more responsive development. The community review process began with an abutters meeting held by the Mayor’ s Office of Neighborhood Services in May 2018 and concluded with a public meeting sponsored by the BPDA in November 2020. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.