New affordable housing approved for Dorchester, Jamaica Plain

by Liz Hughes

Two new developments will bring more than 180 new residences to Dorchester and Jamaica Plain. Both projects were approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency at its May meeting. 

The two projects encompass 201,000 square feet combined and will create 181 residential units, 118 of which will be income-restricted. According to the BPDA, these projects will make Boston a “more resilient, affordable and equitable city.”

900 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester. Credit: Boston Planning & Development Agency

The project at 900 Morrissey Blvd. will bring supportive housing to Dorchester with the redevelopment of a hotel into supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals. It will contain 99 compact studio apartments, all of which will be income restricted. Housing preference will be given to senior citizens aged 62 and older.

The property is being developed in collaboration with the Pine Street Inn and includes social services for residents, including on-site case managers, social activities, access to job training services and other social-service supports, according to the filing. 

Additionally, the project will improve the area’s streetscape, pedestrian experience and include on-site open space. It will also offer residents a shuttle to public transportation options. 

Jamaica Plain will see a new mixed-use development at 3390 Washington St., which will bring housing, commercial space and restaurant space to the area. 

3390 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. Credit: Boston Planning & Development Agency

Two buildings that currently contain BMS Paper & Market will be redeveloped into 82 housing units, with residential amenities and a new restaurant. They will be a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, and 19 will be income restricted.

Located close to the Green Street and Forest Hills MBTA stops, the transit-oriented development will also include sidewalk and streetscape improvements along Washington Street, including new crosswalks. 

Project developers will also contribute $49,000 to Boston’s bikeshare program with space for at least one onsite 15-bike docking station.

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