ULI Boston: Jackson Square Walking Tour


Thursday, July 25th, 2019
5:00pm - 8:15pm EDT


Urban Edge Housing Corporation Will open in a new window 1542 Columbus Ave Roxbury, MA 02119-1026 UNITED STATES
Pricing after June 16 Members Non-Members
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $50.00 $70.00
Regular $70.00 $95.00
Student $35.00 $50.00
Under Age 35 $50.00 $70.00
This event is now sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist please contact eliza.daeschler@uli.org

ULI Boston/New England is hosting a Walking Tour of Jackson Square (open to all). The tour will cover a few of the recently completed, under construction, and planned developments in the area. We plan to discuss the rapidly evolving environment and the future of Jackson Square.

Featured Projects

Jackson Commons                                                                                                
Address: 1542 Columbus Ave
Jackson Commons is a green (LEED Certified), mixed-use, mixed income, transit-oriented component of Jackson Square Partners LLC’s 14-building, $250 million redevelopment effort in the Jackson Square community of Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. Jackson Commons includes 37 rental apartments, including historic rehabilitation of the Webb Building and new construction on the north side of the building. Eight units are dedicated for homeless households, 21 units are dedicated for households below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), 3 below 80% AMI, and 5 below 110% AMI.
225 Centre Street      
225 Centre Street features 103 apartments over retail and parking.Amenities include high ceilings; plenty of storage options; zip car on-site; off-street parking and covered garage parking available;fitness center; and is located seconds away from the MBTA Orange
Line, Columbus Avenue, and the Southwest Corridor Park bike path.This building was one of the first new buildings in Jackson Square,completed in 2013. The single story retail portion of the building spans across a historic subgrade conduit, the Stony Brook, which is roughly 20 feet below grade, and is large enough to drive a car through. At this stop, we will also discuss on going projects at Parcel 3 and 250 Centre Street
125 Amory
In 2015, the Boston Housing Authority put out a RFP for the renovation of a senior housing building located at 125 Amory, as well as the development of new housing on the site.  The Amory Street Partners, consisting of The Community Buildings, JPNDC, and Urban Edge, were awarded as the designated developer for the site.  The renovation of 125 Amory, which is currently underway, is renovation of 209 units of affordable senior housing.  Planning and financing applications for the three new buildings on the site are underway.  The three buildings will have a mix of affordable, moderate, and market rate units that will create 310 units of new housing on the site.

75 Amory
75 Amory Avenue is a residential development located in the Jackson Square neighborhood in Jamaica Plain and developed by Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). This property is the first project to be developed on Site III of the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, a Master Plan designed to transform 11 acres of vacated lots into a vibrant, mixed-use, environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented community.Located 0.2 miles from the Jackson Square MBTA Station at the end of Amory Avenue, the southern portion of the Jackson Square redevelopment area, this wood-framed, four-story building includes a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

Urban Edge Housing Corporation 1542 Columbus Ave Roxbury, MA 02119-1026 UNITED STATES

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Kristen Chin

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow/Project Manager, Urban Edge Housing Corporation

Kristen Chin, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+ ND, is an architectural designer and community collaborator with Urban Edge and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, two of Boston’s non-profit community developers invested in changing people’s lives through affordable housing, advocacy, and economic opportunity initiatives. Serving as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Kristen cultivates ways to strengthen communities through affordable housing, authentic community engagement, and by addressing the social determinants of health. Prior to the Fellowship, she managed projects related to sustainability, resiliency, and post-Sandy recovery at the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York City.


Juan Torres

Project Associate, The Community Builders, Inc.

Project Associate at The Community Builders, a national non-profit developer of mixed-income and affordable housing. Experience working in multi-family real estate development, occupied rehabs, and master planning projects. Master of Architecture degree with an emphasis on Urbanism, experience working in Architectural Design position. Currently in the process of completing a two-year fellowship with the Kuehn Charitable Foundation. The foundation focuses on affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space.


Laura Martin

The Community Builders, Inc.

Laura started working at The Community Builders (TCB) as a Development Project Manager in spring 2019.  Prior to working at TCB, Laura spent five years working at two different cdcs in Greater Boston- Madison Park Development Corporation in Roxbury and Just-A-Start Corporation in Cambridge.  Her project experience includes the renovation of a senior affordable housing building, the development of a new community center, and the historic renovation of an affordable housing building.  Laura has a Masters in Urban Planning from MIT, and a bachelors in geography from Dartmouth College.  While she loves bike commuting and working in urban areas, in her free time, you will most likely find Laura playing outdoors kayaking, skiing, or hiking depending on the season.


Richard Thal

Executive Director, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

Richard Thal has been active in the community development movement since the late 1970s. He became Executive Director of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation in 1994, since which time the JPNDC has grown to become one of the largest and most successful community-based development organizations in the region. In addition to completing $200 million in development projects, JPNDC launched a series of economic development and community organizing initiatives that gained national attention, including a major career ladders initiative in the health care sector and a multi-year anti-gentrification campaign. Before joining the JPNDC, Richard worked for nine years as Community Development Director and Assistant Director at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA). As a community organizer on the North Shore, he helped establish two important community-based organizations focusing on economic development and social change- Salem Harbor CDC and Essex County Community Organization (ECCO). Richard has also been a member of many local, state and national boards.


Intiya Isaza-Figueroa

Senior Project Manager, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

Intiya Isaza is a Senior Project Manager for Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, a Boston-based non-profit affordable housing developer. On the job, she aspires to improve not only the real estate stock in the community, but the lives of residents. She focuses her volunteer time on education and the urban environment.

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