The Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, a $250 million, 14-building project that aims to reconnect the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, plans to celebrate several milestones next Tuesday, including the ribbon-cutting for the first phase of the project.
The ribbon-cutting is for 225 Centre, a building with 103 apartments, including 35 affordable units; about 16,000 square feet of commercial space, and an underground parking garage with 86 spaces. The Community Builders of Boston is the developer of 225 Centre.
“Almost 40 years ago, a failed highway expansion program disrupted the Jackson Square community by bulldozing homes and businesses, leaving much of the neighborhood vacant or underutilized for decades,” a media advisory for the event noted. The Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative is an effort to correct this disruption.
Part of Tuesday’s event will be devoted to the ground-breaking of another phase of the project called Jackson Commons.
Developed by Urban Edge, Jackson Commons is described as a mixed-use, mixed-income, brownfield, transit-oriented project (thanks to a nearby MBTA stop). The project will include the adaptive reuse and gut renovation of the existing 100-year-old, three-story Webb Building, as well as a newly-constructed four-story addition. Once complete, Jackson Commons will feature 37 mixed-income rental apartments and about 13,000 square feet on the ground floor that will function as Urban Edge offices and a Neighborhood Learning Center. In addition, about 2,000 square feet of space on the ground floor will be rentable to retailers or other nonprofit organizations, the advisory said.
Dignitaries expected to attend the event include Mayor Thomas M. Menino, HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields, and Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki.
Also scheduled to speak are the Community Builders chief executive Bart Mitchell and Urban Edge president and chief executie Chrystal Kornegay.
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