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Mayor Walsh, JPNDC celebrate grand opening for 75 Amory Avenue

May 20, 2017

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This adds 39 new units of affordable rental housing for families in Jamaica Plain.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) to celebrate the ribbon cutting for 75 Amory Avenue. The $16 million project is a 39-unit affordable transit-oriented rental development in the heart of Jackson Square.

"I am proud the City of Boston has invested in the redevelopment of this formerly underutilized site to create units of affordable housing for families," Mayor Walsh said.  "Transit-oriented development is key to the success of our housing plan, and I want to thank our partners for working with us to build this new development that helps knits together the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain."

The 75 Amory Avenue development is part of the $250 million Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, a master plan designed to transform more than eight acres of vacant land into a vibrant, mixed-use, environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented community. When completed, the Initiative will have created more than 300 homes, new office and retail space, a community plaza, and a major recreation and education facility. JPNDC is the lead developer of Jackson Square's Site III, where 75 Amory Avenue is located. Other members of Jackson Square Partners, The Community Builders and Urban Edge, are lead developers for Sites I and II, respectively.

The ribbon cutting for 75 Amory Avenue completes the third new building in Jackson Square's redevelopment. Other buildings include 225 Centre, a 103-unit mixed-income development with ground-floor retail completed by The Community Builders in 2013.  In addition, in 2015, Urban Edge opened Jackson Commons, a 37 unit mixed-income apartment building that includes office and community space.

"Building by building, parcel by parcel, Jackson Square is transforming from a place people just passed through to a place where people live and visit," said JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal. "We're grateful for the tremendous support from Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston."

The affordability of 75 Amory Avenue includes eight units for households at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), eight units for households earning up to 50 percent of AMI, and 23 units for households earning up to 60 percent of AMI. Four units are fully accessible; two are designated for the sensory impaired, and all units are adaptable.

In accordance with the City of Boston's Green Affordable Housing Program, 75 Amory Avenue boasts high efficiency heating and cooling systems fixtures as well as Energy Star rated appliances. The development is LEED Silver Certifiable.

Among other funding sources, the 75 Amory Avenue project received more than $1,7 million in assistance from the City of Boston and the Neighborhood Housing Trust and more than $3.3 million from the State's Department of Housing and Community Development.