BPDA approves rec center changes

The Boston Planning and Development Agency board during its March 16 meeting approved the changes to the Jackson Square Recreation Center.

Jackson Square Partners filed a notice of project change (NPC) with the BPDA for the Jackson Square Recreation Center late last year.

About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square is being redeveloped by the Jackson Square Partners, which includes Mitchell Properties, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Urban Edge. The first project, an apartment building at 225 Centre St., was completed in 2013. Urban Edge, a community development corporation, will be developing the recreation center project and is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign for it.

The NPC has two main changes: The recreation center is now proposed to be two full stories with a mezzanine, as before it was only proposed to be one story with a mezzanine. The added floor will allow the center to have a indoor ice rink along with a yearround turf field on the second level.

The second main change is that developer is in the process of acquiring a piece of adjacent land from the City that will modify the lot area and other dimensions of the project.

For more information about the changes, visit bit.ly/2ian41b.


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