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Jamaica Plain nonprofit, downtown developer seek to buy proposed Forest Hills project, make all the units income restricted

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. and a downtown developer say they plan to buy an approved but unbuilt project at the corner of Stonley and Brookley roads in Forest Hills and rent all of its 45 units to people who could not otherwise afford the area's market-rate rents.

In a filing with the BPDA, the two say everything else about the proposed building would remain the same, so they are asking the agency re-approve the project without the need for new public meetings and hearings.

The initial developer won approval from the BPDA and the zoning board last year for a four-story building in which 10 of the 45 units would be rented as affordable.

In their "notice of project change, the JPNDC and the Traggorth Companies say 12 of the units would be rented to people making no more than 120% of the area median income and 3 to people making no more than 30% of that level. The remainder would be rented to people making between 50% and 70% of the area median income.

10 Stonley Rd. documents.

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I'll get started:

But …

… the character of the neighborhood
… parking
… traffic
… historic [shuffles papers] cinderblock single-story building with no architectural significance
… water table
… climate change
… shadows
… trees
… facade material
… too much brick and glass
… not enough brick and glass
… think of the children!

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... the neighborhood could use a performing arts space?
... how about some local retail?
... there should be spaces for local artists*

* obviously if there are, then there shouldn't be any spaces for local artists.

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Really? What about local grocery store workers? Local bus drivers? Local sewer workers?

Sorry, wanting to listen to your mix of Dylan, Johnny Haladay, and Tuuvan Throat Singers while you "paint" and get a good buzz on does not mean you should get discount housing.

Really. It doesn't.

There are lots, lots of people who are creative who rent spaces who don't get allocated housing. They pay their way.

There is already enough of a housing crunch that my gut says if you want to live in Fort Point or your own little Brickbottom, pay your way at full freight. Your bedazzled handbag display at Open Studios does not make you an artist.

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I'm sorry you're bad at making art.

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My list was a joke list of other unreasonable demands that people throw up when what they really don't want is anything built. Sorry you didn't get that but continue ranting if it makes you feel better...

Try decaf buddy.

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to provide such nice clouds for him to yell at.

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to provide such nice clouds for him to yell at.

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Yup, because are less units on the market because Alexis from Lincoln and her RISD degree who does paper cutout collages, sorry, mixed media, got a unit over you.

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I weep for you and your lack of humor.

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LOL the "retail space" in the building where the James Gate used to be has been vacant for the entire ~4 years of its existence. What a joke. Shit is broken.

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An inevitable frivolous lawsuit from Monty Gold.

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Will cast shadows on nearby MBTA bus yard.
No birds in architectural renderings.
Not resilient against 100m sea level rise.

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People have actually been supporting affordable housing all up and down that stretch of Washington Street.

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JP is doing its part to provide new housing. The suburbs are the real issue.

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Why so many for 120% AMI is my question

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For 120% of AMI probably isn't a big discount from market rate. And those rents help make the finances pencil out.

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How many unsubsidized rental apartments house people making less than 120% of AMI?

Just build more housing, so the average resident can afford to live here with no subsidy. That will free up subsidies for the people who really need them.

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Please just post a dollar amount instead of this hard to understand 120% of AMI stuff? Whose average monthly income are they talking about. It seems to me if your paying over 100% of your monthly income to live somewhere you'd starve.

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http://www.bostonplans.org/housing/income,-asset,-and-price-limits

AMI is Area Median Income. It's a figure that's computed annually so it goes up every year as incomes in aggregate do.

You're not paying 100% of your monthly income. There's an affordable rent that's computed based on the percentage band of AMI you fall into. This year, if you're at 120% of AMI, the "affordable" rent for a 1 BR apartment is computed to be $2,467/month (for a unit that doesn't fall under the compact unit pricing, which is lower).

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I guess I won't be living in JP anytime soon.

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