Jamaica Plain Mixed-Income Housing Redevelopment

Jamaica Plain, MA –

Centre Street Partners – comprised of The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Urban Edge – was selected for Phase I of the redevelopment of the Boston Housing Authority’s Mildred C. Hailey Apartments.

The proposal creates 625 new affordable and market-rate residences.

The development concept replaces the five existing residential buildings that are part of Phase I and the Anna Mae Cole Community Center with five new residential and mixed-use buildings. The proposal will create 625 new homes, including one-for-one replacement of the existing 232 deeply subsidized apartments plus 393 new construction market-rate apartments. Apartments will range from studios to five-bedroom units with parking for 375 vehicles located on a garage deck below three of the proposed residential buildings. There is also 14,800 sf of non-residential building space including a new centrally located Community Center.

To complement the diversity of architectural styles found in Jamaica Plain, the design concept introduces four, five, and six story buildings where the wings have different heights and materials, with some appearing like row houses, others like a series of masonry facades, and others with bays and corner elements. Of the five buildings, three will be designed by Stantec and two by DREAM Collaborative, alternating so no firm has two buildings side by side. The goal is to create a more natural result that corresponds to how neighborhoods grow over time.

The master plan concept features buildings with varied heights and architectural styles that form well-proportioned courtyards where children can play and elders can garden.