Second meeting scheduled for City Realty’s Washington St. development

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a second meeting for the 3193 Washington St. project on July 11 at the Egleston Square YMCA, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin.

The comment period has been extended until July 25.

“We met with the development team last week to discuss community feedback and to review the project’s design,” said Martin in an email. “We plan to conduct a financial analysis of the proposed project relative to its affordable housing component, as we look to bring the proposal in line with the affordability level that’s being contemplated as part of the PLAN JP/Rox process. Our expectation is that we’ll be able to complete the financial analysis and bring the developer back in to discuss that and design updates prior to the next public meeting.”

City Realty proposal for 3193 Washington St. calls for demolishing a one-story commercial building and replacing it with a five-story, 12,992-square-foot building with 25 parking spaces and 58 bicycle spots. The 46 units would consist of mostly studios at roughly 520 square feet and one-bedrooms at 650 square feet. There would also be 3 three-bedrooms. The condos would all be sold at about $620 per square foot. The project would be 17.4 percent affordable, which translates to eight affordable-housing units, slightly more than what is required under the City’s affordable-housing policy. The ground floor would have 3,290 square feet of retail/office space.

The project will need several variances, including for excessive height and not meeting the minimum parking requirement.

The BRA held an initial community meeting June 6 when attendees expressed concerns over gentrification and City Realty’s reputation.

City Realty has a spotty reputation in Jamaica Plain. The company bought two buildings at 3106 and 3152-3160 Washington St. in 2014 and engaged in lease negotiations with businesses in the buildings, while simultaneously initiating eviction processes. Following public protests and a City Council hearing, the businesses and City Realty were able to resolve the situation.


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