Boston – The Boston Housing Authority (BHA), The Community Builders (TCB), and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) recently joined Urban Edge to mark the grand opening of Holtzer Park in Jamaica Plain with a ribbon cutting celebration.
Project partners and stakeholders; community leaders; and officials from local, state, and federal housing agencies; also were in attendance for the milestone event in the redevelopment and expansion of the BHA’s Amory Street campus.
Urban Edge’s Holtzer Park provides 62 affordable rental homes designed to meet the needs of individuals and families in the Jamaica Plain community. The project includes nine single-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom homes. All of the apartments are affordable, with 21 of the units targeting households at 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 41 units slated for those up to 60% AMI. Fourteen of the units are designated for formerly homeless families, for those with disabilities, or for people accessing services through the Department of Mental Health. The project is a green development and achieved LEED Platinum certifiability.
Other project partners on Holtzer Park included architectural firm ICON Architecture; general contractor NEI General Contracting; Klein Hornig LLP, legal counsel; and Munkenbeck Consulting, owner’s construction representative. TCB is serving as property manager. Funding and financing for Holtzer Park was obtained through a wide range of programs from local, state and federal agencies and from private banks as well as quasi-public assistance corporations.
In 2015, the BHA formed a public-private partnership with Urban Edge, TCB, and JPNDC to redevelop and increase housing at the Housing Authority’s Amory Street campus. Future development plans include two new TCB-constructed buildings. In total, the redeveloped Amory Street site will provide 516 homes, of which 78% will be deed restricted as affordable.