BRA board approves Heath St. project

January 15, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $17.4 million General Heath Square Apartments during its meeting on Dec. 10, according to a press release.

The General Heath Square Apartments will be built on City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath, and Bromley streets, and is expected to created 42 construction jobs.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), a community development corporation, is partnering with Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) for the project.

The plans calls for 47 affordable units—a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments—in a four-story, 56,000-square-foot building. The building will also house 2,000 square feet of community and office space.

BOTH CDC and JPNDC previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing. The team entered the sole bid for the City-owned land after the Department of Neighborhood Development held three community meetings and a site tour to discuss development options.

The parcels in question total almost 29,000 square feet. The City acquired them through tax foreclosures and is planning their development as the last stage of the 15-year-old Heath Street Planning Initiative.

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