Construction began this month of a 44-unit affordable apartment building at 25 Amory Street in Jackson Square. Just half a mile away, the finishing touches were put on the Hattie Kelton Apartments at 61 Heath Street, 47 affordable apartments with ground floor retail space. Both are projects of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), the second with the partnership of the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation.
“Every time we hand someone the keys to their beautiful new home, it’s one small victory,” said JPNDC Chief Executive Officer Teronda Ellis. “It’s tremendously gratifying to know that 91 families who are priced out of Boston’s housing market can make their home here in Jamaica Plain.”
At both the Hattie Kelton Apartments and 25 Amory Street, approximately 40 percent of units are reserved for households earning below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI). At least two-thirds are two- or three-bedroom apartments, responding to the need for affordable housing for Boston families.
The first residents moved into the Hattie Kelton Apartments in early 2020 and families continued arriving during the COVID-19 shutdown. “Living here has been a great experience so far! said Phyllis Mills, who has joined the building’s new Resident Leadership Team. “The way that management and the JPNDC team are superefficient and attentive to our needs makes me feel safe and comfortable…. I really enjoy the environment.”
Completion of the 25 Amory Street project is expected in early 2022.
Major financial support for the projects has come from the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Section 8 and Mass Rental Voucher Program subsidies administered through Massachusetts Boston Housing Partnership, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, MassDevelopment, Eastern Bank, Capital One through Hudson Housing Capital.