BPDA approves plans to bring more than 680 residential units to the city

by Liz Hughes

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has given the green light to two development projects that will create or renovate more than 680 income-restricted residential units.

The board last week approved plans to redevelop the Mildred Hailey Apartment Complex at 10 Lamartine St. in Jamaica Plain. Once complete, the development will include 690 apartments. Phase one will replace 253 existing public housing units and build approximately 420 new affordable and upper middle-income units. 

Development partners Community Builders Inc., the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. and Urban Edge plan to connect the complex to its surrounding neighborhood with a new street grid, greenspace and pathways. Residents of the transit friendly project will also have access to the Jackson Square MBTA station and Southwest Corridor Park. Original plans for the project were filed with the BPDA on Feb. 27, 2020.

The project will also include construction of a new Anna Mae Cole Community Center and Anna Mae Cole outdoor plaza, as well as approximately 8,300 square feet of ground-floor space along Heath and Centre streets for community programming and neighborhood retail. Additional phases of the project will require public engagement and design approval by the Boston Civic Design Commission.

At its April 15 meeting, the board also approved a project at 120-122 Hancock St. in Dorchester, which will bring 15

Credit: Boston Planning & Development Agency

income-restricted units to the area. The four-story, 20,500 square foot development will include a mix of two- and three-bedroom units. 

The project will also bring pedestrian and public-realm improvements to  Hancock Street. 

In other business, the board approved two notice of project changes for converting 176 residential units from rentals to homeownership at 47-55 LaGrange St. and the final phase of the Old Colony BHA redevelopment project, which will reconstruct 208 income-restricted public housing units in South Boston.

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