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Revised Jackson Square Project in Jamaica Plain Receives Approval

Apr 15, 2010

The BRA Board granted approval for a revised Jackson Commons project, one of the Jackson Square Master Plan redevelopment projects located in Jamaica Plain. The original project, approved in November 2007, included the development of 1542 Columbus Avenue/Webb Building into 13,500 square feet of office space and a 13,400 square foot Department of Youth Services (DYS) residential youth treatment facility. The project has been revised because in 2008 DYS informed the development team that it could not participate in funding a new building specifically designed for use by DYS. Since that time, Urban Edge community development corporation, the developer, worked with neighborhood residents, the Jackson Square Citizens Advisory Committee and other stakeholders to explore alternative development programs for the site.
The project will now consist of a new 58,000 square foot mixed-use, mixed-income development that will integrate the existing three-story Webb Building with a four-story addition along Columbus Avenue. The project will include 38 affordable residential rental units, with 12,000 square feet of ground floor space that will function as a neighborhood learning center and include the Urban Edge office, classrooms, computer room, food pantry, and space for other non-profit led programs. Seventy-six percent of the residential units will be family-size units. Surrounding site work for the Jackson Square Master Plan will begin in May 2010. The Jackson Commons project will create 115 construction jobs.

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