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So. Huntington Property to Become Rental Apts.

The city Zoning Board of Appeal approved the plan to raze the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers to clear the way for rental apartments.

The former Home for Little Wanderers property will be torn down due to a ruling by a city board.

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal approved the project Tuesday morning, which will bring a new building of rental apartments to 161 So. Huntington Ave.

Boston Residential Group will build a development at the site that will contain 196 one, two and three-bedroom rental units – 33 of which will be designated affordable housing, according to a statement from Bishoff Communications on behalf of BRG.

“It will also enable The Home for Little Wanderers to exit the property, pay for its new residential program in Walpole, and sustain the organization’s future,” the statement says.

Additionally the site will generate property taxes for the first time in 100 years, according to the statement.

BRG estimates the project will be ready for occupancy in spring 2014. The project will cost $75 million, according to the statement.

Rich P November 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I would add, again, that only those who oppose things come out of the woodwork. If there was a valid, truly independent, unbiased Gallup or Harris style survey done, by poll takers in person in the street, on the phone etc - a truly random sample, only then could we truly know how all 37,000 people feel. You cannot gauge a community's pulse by meetings that are in some, perhaps many ways designed to bring out the acrimonious. Many people who support something are afraid to attend such shouting matches where they would be booed and hissed at. My guess is that those people contacted the ZBA directly to voice their support. That piece is missing from this - how much support was send in directly to the ZBA?
MarkBoston November 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Rich you obviously don't live on S. Huntington Ave. do you?
yannaro November 16, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Rich, I didn't just come out of the woodwork. I was, in fact, a member of the IAG for this project and I've been around the block more than a few times involved with other large and small projects in Jamaica Plain, some of which I supported, some not, and some where with the help of concerned residents we were able to reach a solution agreeable to all parties.
Rich P November 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I live a block from South huntington and am on it daily. My head is not in the sand about JP's appeal to many who, too, would like to live here. I accept the realities of living in a desirable location. One of those realities is that others will want to live here also, and it seems reasonable to make accommodations for them. One thing that 'colors' my perspective as of late is the anti everything chorus around here. When groups are against everything, I [ and i think many others] just go numb. The whole foods foolishness is the biggest example. I will admit that Whole foods made me WANT everything that the vocal 'activists' were 'against'. It almost seems as if that is the mark of good things to come! If the vocal whiners are against it, then by 'definition' it must be good! The new 'definition' of good for JP and Mission Hill being whole foods that hits 10's on all targets. Perhaps that is unfair, perhaps I am no longer critical when i should be .. but alas, that has been the 'whole foods effect' on me. In fact, the head of the JPNC, Ben Day made such a fiasco of this development, that even the Gazette came out strongly opposed to him and demanded his resignation. Such extremism is yet another reason why I am 'for' anything that such people are against .
Rich P November 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I will add that I think it is power grab for JP to claim this stretch of s hunting for their own, when is clearly Mission Hill. I think it is patronizing for JPers to imply that Mission Hill cannot speak for itself, and take the microphone from them. I think this is 90% Mission Hill's domain and I for one, look forward to hearing what their "man in the street" has to say.

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