History

History 2017-11-16T10:28:02+00:00

1977: Three years after a grassroots mobilization halts the I-95 highway extension project, and after an 18-month planning process involving 150 residents, the JPNDC is incorporated to create and increase employment opportunities, improve community conditions, create housing, assist entrepreneurs and pursue other community development goals.

1978: Through its Tradewinds youth housing rehab program, JPNDC renovates homes along the Southwest Corridor. United Way features the program on its National Football League Monday Night Football slots.

1980: The three-year-old JPNDC faces financial crisis, resolved when federal grants are approved to renovate the Brewery and develop the Angela Westover House.

1983: JPNDC buys the Haffenreffer Brewery. JPNDC opens its first housing development, the Angela Westover House for 11 frail seniors. Project architect Jan Wampler receives a design award from the American Institute of Architects.

1985: JPNDC spearheads the JP Community Planning Coalition, which brings together a Hispanic Caucus and 18 groups to create guidelines for future development. The brand-new Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, rents space at The Brewery for local distribution.

1988: JPNDC completes its second housing development, 18 affordable homes in renovated buildings in Hyde and Jackson Squares. The project is featured in a PBS documentary on the nationwide housing crisis, “Locked out of the American Dream.”

1989-1990: Tenants and City Life/Vida Urbana organize to protect their building at Forest Hills St. and Glen Road from drug dealers and condo conversion; the JPNDC buys the property and develops it as the Forest Glen Cooperative.

1991: JPNDC begins to target the primarily Latino and African-American Hyde/Jackson neighborhood, following several gang-related killings, for major revitalization efforts that over the next decade include dozens of new homes, a community garden, and a supermarket and health center.

1993: 43 families move into the JPNDC’s new Hyde Square Cooperative. The coop’s design was based on extensive neighborhood engagement and won an award for Excellence in Design from the Boston Society of Architects.

1996: The Jackson Square Stop & Shop, developed by a unique partnership among JPNDC, Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation and a private developer, is the first major supermarket to open in Boston’s inner city in more than 15 years. The redevelopment also includes a new state-of-the-art home for the Martha Eliot Health Center.

1997: JPNDC completes a community economic planning process and launches three new initiatives, focused on jobs, childcare and small business, to complement its ongoing work to build affordable homes and neighborhood commercial space.

1998: JPNDC develops the Nate Smith House for low-income seniors on the corner of Paul Gore and Lamartine Streets. Tenants and neighbors had fought the site’s previous owner for over a decade; conditions were so bad that he had been sentenced to house arrest in his own building.

JPNDC and City Life launch the “Campaign of Conscience” to combat the displacement of low-income residents.

1999: JPNDC purchases Pondview Apartments, where 60 families had been at high risk of displacement.

JPNDC helps its 100th workforce participant obtain a job.

2000: JPNDC joins with Fenway CDC and four employers to launch a new program, which becomes the Boston Health Care and Research Training Institute, to help entry-level workers move up the career ladder in the health care and research sector. After helping more than 800 workers take courses to access training, the program is transferred to another agency.

Living Cities recognizes JPNDC’s Hyde/Jackson Square efforts as a national model for neighborhood revitalization.

2001: JPNDC, City Life and Hyde Square Task Force increase voter turnout by 80% in Hyde, Jackson and Egleston Squares.

2002: JPNDC Family Childcare Program begins intensive focus on helping home-based educators obtain professional credentials.

2003: The Catherine Gallagher Cooperative opens, providing homes for 34 low-income families and transforming the appearance of Heath Street. The project is a partnership between JPNDC and Back of the Hill CDC, which during the early 2000s develops 80 new affordable homes on vacant lots where housing had been destroyed for the expansion of Longwood medical institutions.

The JPNDC is one of three organizations across the country highlighted by the Rockefeller Foundation for innovative workforce development initiatives.

2004: JPNDC and Urban Edge sign a commitment to work together to redevelop Jackson Square. Jackson Square Partners eventually also includes The Community Builders and Hyde Square Task Force.

2005: JPNDC and private partner New Atlantic Development purchase the closed Blessed Sacrament Church, one of the largest closed churches in the country to be redeveloped for community-set priorities.

Jackson Square Partners designated to redevelop Jackson Square.

2006: The Julia Martin House, 56 affordable apartments for low-income seniors both independent and frail, opens on the Bromley-Heath campus. The project is a partnership between JPNDC and Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation.

The Brewery opens its Amory Street side with the start-up of Mike’s Fitness, Ula Café, Tony Williams Dance Center and other local businesses.

2008: The global financial crisis derails redevelopment of Blessed Sacrament and 270 Centre. Federal stimulus funds eventually get the projects back on track.

2009: Creighton Commons, 16 affordable condominiums for first-time homebuyers, is completed at Blessed Sacrament (six of the units are in the completely renovated 110-year-old rectory).

After 26 years, the JPNDC completes redevelopment of all 16 buildings and 150,000 square feet of The Brewery. 50 businesses occupy the five-acre complex, employing 500 people—twice the goal set by JPNDC when it purchased the abandoned site.

2010: JPNDC launches the Community Leadership Academy, helping 39 diverse residents learn organizing skills and connecting them to community organizations and campaigns.

36 families move into the Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative at Blessed Sacrament. 1,500 households had applied for the units.

JPNDC and Boston Health Care for the Homeless form a partnership to redevelop a Walnut Avenue property as permanent housing and medical facilities for formerly homeless men and women.

2011: Completion of 270 Centre, 30 affordable apartments and ground-floor retail for four new and expanded businesses, kicks off the transformation of Jackson Square.

After the Hyde Square Latino supermarket Hi-Lo closes, 100% of former employees who come to JPNDC for job assistance find new employment or enroll in education. Even during the Great Recession, JPNDC is able to help workers obtain jobs with an average wage of 50% over minimum wage.

With the opening of the Sister Virginia Mulhern House in the former convent (permanent housing for 28 formerly homeless men and women with on-site services provided by Pine Street Inn), JPNDC completes the development of 80 affordable homes on the Blessed Sacrament campus.

2012: JPNDC launches the Family Prosperity Initiative to provide bilingual financial education and other services to help immigrants and others take control over their finances and build their income and assets.

2013: JPNDC’s Small Business Program passes the $10 million mark in financing secured for local entrepreneurs.

JPNDC begins intensive work to organize board elections and train new tenant leaders in Bromley-Heath public housing.

2014: New retail space created as part of Blessed Sacrament redevelopment is fully occupied, with seven primarily Latino-owned or operated businesses and organizations.

Construction of 30 studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals, in collaboration with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, begins on Walnut Avenue.

2015: JPNDC Family Childcare Program includes more educators with high professional credentials than ever before, serving nearly 200 local children.

With income from the new Community Investment Tax Credit, JPNDC expands the Family Prosperity Initiative to serve 50% more people and add new classes and services.

JPNDC begins construction of 75 Amory Avenue, its first official project within the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative. JPNDC is the lead developer of Jackson Square’s Site III, the largest portion of the 11-acre development area.

2016: JPNDC completes the Francis Grady Apartments and Stacy Kirkpatrick House, 30 permanent homes for formerly homeless individuals and a medical respite facility operated by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.