JPNC’s Zoning Committee gives green light to 1785 Columbus Ave. project

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on May 3 voted to recommend for approval the 1785 Columbus Ave. project, according to committee chair Dave Baron.

Baron said in an email that the approval is contingent on that “Chilacates be the take-out use for the project.”

The developer for the project is Horizons Watermark LLC, which is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and Watermark Development Inc. Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children.

The site currently contains a vacant warehouse previously used for storage, an auto body shop, and a surface parking lot.

The new building would be seven stories tall, occupied by Horizons on the second and third floors, and social service-oriented tenants on the upper floors. The building would contain ground floor local cafe, and 157 parking spaces. Potentially 500 persons may work in the proposed building.

The proposed new building fits into the goals of Plan: JP/ROX, even though the planning of this project predates the Plan: JP/Rox initiative by almost six years.

Plan: JP/ROX is a planning and development review of the Washington Street Corridor between the Forest Hills T Station and the Jackson Square T Station. The plan is currently in the zoning stage.

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