Jamaica Plain Infill and Small Developments

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Years ago the corner bodega on the first floor of 205 Boylston sold (and I believe made) these tiny sticky quasi-macaroons that were the best damn hangover food ever.

On a relevant note, this really is a lovely old building in need of a respectful rehab.
 

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“The Community Builders have partnered with Pine Street Inn to build a mixed-use building at 3368 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The new project would replace an existing PSI warehouse/office building.”

“The proposed project would include 225 income-restricted apartment homes, 140 of which would be housing units with support services for men and women moving out of homelessness. The design, by Boston-based RODE Architects, includes an estimated 18,000 square feet of PSI office space on the ground floor and community space and amenities for residents. In addition, the plan offers approximately 60 vehicle parking spaces, 85 bicycle storage spaces, and 13,400 square feet of outdoor space.”
https://www.bldup.com/projects/3386-washington-street
 

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“The Community Builders have partnered with Pine Street Inn to build a mixed-use building at 3368 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The new project would replace an existing PSI warehouse/office building.”

“The proposed project would include 225 income-restricted apartment homes, 140 of which would be housing units with support services for men and women moving out of homelessness. The design, by Boston-based RODE Architects, includes an estimated 18,000 square feet of PSI office space on the ground floor and community space and amenities for residents. In addition, the plan offers approximately 60 vehicle parking spaces, 85 bicycle storage spaces, and 13,400 square feet of outdoor space.”
https://www.bldup.com/projects/3386-washington-street
BCDC for this:

www.bostonplans.org/documents/plann...washington-street-bcdc-presentation-2019-07-0
 

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Ugh. The mayors rezoning of this corridor is such a sham. This building literally sits in the middle of wasteland on one side and some of the ugliest housing projects in the city on the other. There are zero low rise housing stock anywhere around. ZERO reason to not build higher than a measly six stories here.

Also hilarious how all of Jackson is really Roxbury including this parcel, but since people are racist “JP” is just gonna keep on encroaching further and further into 02119.
 

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Ugh. The mayors rezoning of this corridor is such a sham. This building literally sits in the middle of wasteland on one side and some of the ugliest housing projects in the city on the other. There are zero low rise housing stock anywhere around. ZERO reason to not build higher than a measly six stories here.

Also hilarious how all of Jackson is really Roxbury including this parcel, but since people are racist “JP” is just gonna keep on encroaching further and further into 02119.
When I see six stories on a building like this - that's because the developer wants to build with wood, not because of NIMBYs or a lack of ambition. Wood on steel/concrete is a maximum 5 + 1 proposition due to building codes.
 

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When I see six stories on a building like this - that's because the developer wants to build with wood, not because of NIMBYs or a lack of ambition. Wood on steel/concrete is a maximum 5 + 1 proposition due to building codes.
This is Columbus.. There is almost nothing on this stretch. 12 stories, or even more, would be appropriate here. And this is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of the height fetishists. And, someone who lived walking distance to Jackson for many years. There are a few places around here where you could throw up something very tall and not wind up with a ridiculous amount of annoying neighborhood opposition. This is one of those sites. I blame the city of Boston for squandering an opportunity at promoting larger development in this area.
 

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When I see six stories on a building like this - that's because the developer wants to build with wood, not because of NIMBYs or a lack of ambition. Wood on steel/concrete is a maximum 5 + 1 proposition due to building codes.
Agreed. It's 100% affordable housing, so funding is a big issue. It's very rare to see significantly taller affordable buildings. Even that building near North Station that Related Beal built ("the Beverly") is only 14 stories!

If folks are going to complain about missed opportunities for height, that's the project to kvetch about.
 

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Also hilarious how all of Jackson is really Roxbury including this parcel, but since people are racist “JP” is just gonna keep on encroaching further and further into 02119.
All of Jackson is not roxbury. Bromley Heath and Lamartine Street are JP. You are correct that this parcel, however, is Roxbury.
 

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All of Jackson is not roxbury. Bromley Heath and Lamartine Street are JP. You are correct that this parcel, however, is Roxbury.
Jackson Square isn’t a region; it’s an intersection. The actual square is long gone but before urban renewal, was a massive intersection (Columbus / Pynchon, Ritchie, Amory, Centre) that entirely lay on the far side of the then-railroad embankment. Yes, what is now Bromley-Heath (or whatever it is called now) is built upon the ashes of a neighborhood that mostly was Jamaica Plain, although partly also Roxbury by way of Parker Hill/Mission Hill ( which is another perfect example of an area people think is “part of JP” or its own neighborhood, not part of Roxbury… I don’t think many people living there would identify their residence, when asked, as “ Jackson Square“. I could be wrong, though. I know I harp on this like a broken record, but I think it’s a very interesting example of the intersection of racial bias and geography, whereby people unconsciously buy into bias and reinforce the perception of Roxbury as a “bad place”, either by appropriating the “good” parts to more “desirable” neighborhoods (South End, JP), emphasizing the independence of sub-neighborhoods (Mission Hill, Fort Hill, Longwood (although the latter is a special case)), or creation of new neighborhoods de novo or from specified, non-neighborhood place names (Roxbury Crossing, perhaps, soon, Jackson Square).


Agreed. It's 100% affordable housing, so funding is a big issue. It's very rare to see significantly taller affordable buildings. Even that building near North Station that Related Beal built ("the Beverly") is only 14 stories!

If folks are going to complain about missed opportunities for height, that's the project to kvetch about.

elemenoh, I can see your point about the developer. But my frustration with the city stands - there is much, much more that could be done to encourage and incentivize talker development. Most of the development until recently around North Station is disappointing, but those are older projects. It’s the Walsh administration that has been pushing to make the Washington / Columbus corridor into an area for more housing, so this current development is more disappointing in light of the present administration’s specific, supposed advocacy.
 

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Jackson Square isn’t a region; it’s an intersection. The actual square is long gone but before urban renewal, was a massive intersection


elemenoh, I can see your point about the developer. But my frustration with the city stands - there is much, much more that could be done to encourage and incentivize talker development. Most of the development until recently around North Station is disappointing, but those are older projects. It’s the Walsh administration that has been pushing to make the Washington / Columbus corridor into an area for more housing, so this current development is more disappointing in light of the present administration’s specific, supposed advocacy.
FK4 -- its all about costs -- which can be seen in the construction photos -- wood is just cheaper than steel and concrete-- if you want to build affordable affordable housing -- its needs to be done with low cost of construction

and outside of the John Hancock Tower when it was temporarily covered with plywood -- you just are unlikely to get the Fire Dept to agree to a tall wood building -- 5 or 6 stories such as Alewife on Rt-2 is probably the Max
The Residences at Alewife Station
195-211 Concord Turnpike, Alewife Station, Cambridge, MA


and renderings
 

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