BRA board approves City Realty’s Washington St. development

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its Aug. 11 meeting approved the controversial development proposal for 3193 Washington St.

City Realty’s plan for a 40-unit development at 3193 Washington St. will now head to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals, as it needs several variances to be approved.

The development at 3193 Washington St. involves 40 condominiums and three ground floor commercial spaces. The developer plans to offer one of the three commercial spaces at 65 percent of market value, ideally to a local minority- or woman-owned business.

The building will contain seven on-site affordable units, and a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units (3 studios; 8 one-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms, 3 two-bedrooms and den, and 9 three-bedrooms).

The $13 million project will create 31 construction jobs.

The project has garnered concerns from the community over several public meetings. Residents cited its potential impact on gentrification, questioned the reputation of City Realty, and criticized the approval process since for not following the Plan: JP/Rox guidelines.

The Plan: JP/Rox planning process is a BRA run study of how to update zoning to match resident needs and visions for the future of the community. The plan is in progress and has yet to be officially implemented.

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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