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.