The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. today filed plans for a five-story, 39-unit apartment building for low- and extremely low-income senior citizens at 3371 Washington St., at Green Street and right next to the Turtle Swamp brewery, whose landlord is now suing to block a proposal by the Pine Street Inn for low-income apartments across the street.
In addition to apartments - 38 for seniors and 1 for a live-in manager - the proposed building would have ground-floor space set aside for El Embjador restaurant, which would otherwise be displaced by the new building.
The units would be built under the city's "compact" development guidelines, which means they would be smaller than normally required and which mean that JPNDC is proposing a series of community spaces in the building for residents to share, including window-facing "sitting niches" on each floor and a community room and courtyard on the first floor.
JPNDC will seek city permission to exceed the streets 55-foot-high maximum by 20 inches; it says that at just four floors, the building would not be financially feasible.
The building would have no parking spaces. Insufficient parking at the larger Pine Street building across the street is Turtle Swamp landlord Monty Gold's stated reason for opposing that project - he says that building doesn't have enough parking and so residents and visitors would clog the parking spaces that his tenant now relies on.
3371 Washington St. small-project review application (14.2M PDF).