Developer: Project to build a Jamaica Plain apartment complex gets BRA approval

Cedar Valley Development LLC said its plan to a build a a new 195-unit at 105A South Huntington Ave. in Jamaica Plain has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors.

The complex is called Serenity, and Serenity is to be constructed on a vacant one-acre lot formerly owned by the Commonwealth between the Jamaicaway and South Huntington Avenue, Cedar Valley Development said.

The plan is for the residences to be of a lower scale on the Jamaicaway side of the building, rising no higher than five floors. A slender tower of 13 floors will be located on the Huntington Avenue side, Cedar Valley Development said. Serenity will have 32 units of city-certified affordable housing, with a mix of apartments ranging from studios and one-bedrooms to two- and three-bedrooms.

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Serenity’s designer is David Chilinski of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

The parent company of Cedar Valley Development is Star Realty.

“We have worked for about two years to fulfill a vision for this unique property,” Star Realty president Anthony Nader said in a statement. “A blank site will be transformed into a handsome building that will provide much-needed housing for individuals and families who revere the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill neighborhoods. We are gratified it has taken a big step forward.”

Also Thursday, the BRA’s board approved construction of a new Tropical Foods supermarket, residences, offices, and shops on a BRA-owned parcel along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury.

The project by Madison Park Development Corp. and Tropical Foods International will unfold in three phases: First, a New Tropical Foods will be built at the corner of Washington Street and Melnea Cass, followed by construction of a five-story building nearby with retail shops and office space.

Finally, the current home of Tropical Foods at 2101 Washington St. will be renovated into a 30-unit residential building with ground-floor retail. Twelve of the 30 units will be affordable.