Jackson Sq Redevelopment Initiative

Jackson Sq Redevelopment Initiative2018-11-19T16:37:17+00:00


JSRI is one of the largest community-driven developments in the US and
JPNDC’s Site III is the biggest piece.

Under construction NOW!


  • What’s going on across from the Jackson Square T Station? We’re replacing a sewer line from before the infamous highway-preparation bulldozing of the 1960s and 1970s. Completing this work is essential before Jackson Square Partners can move forward with new homes, green space and a plaza.

  • July 2018: Governor Baker announces that JPNDC has been awarded the state financial commitments we need to proceed with the development of 25 Amory Street, our third and final project in the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative!

  • Donate to Urban Edge’s capital campaign for the Jackson Square Recreation Center
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Site III

JPNDC is the lead developer for Site III which, at five acres, is the largest part of JSRI and includes 183 new apartments plus other community benefits:

  • 75 Amory Ave: 39 apartments, 100% affordable Status: Complete

  • 25 Amory St (Building M): 44 apartments, 100% affordable Status: In planning
  • 250 Centre St: 100 mixed-income apartments Status: In planning 
  • 27,000 SF linear park, 3,000 SF plaza and new bike/pedestrian paths
  • 100 parking spaces, plus on-site parking and area traffic improvements
  • More on these and future Jackson Square projects

JPNDC is developing all of Site III with the exception of 250 Centre St, which will be developed by TCB

Sites I & II

JPNDC’s development partners, Urban Edge and The Community Builders, are responsible for JSRI’s Sites I & II.

  • Site I: Includes 103 mixed-income apartments (30% affordable) at 225 Centre Street. Developer: The Community Builders (TCB) Status: Partially completed 

  • Site II: Includes 37 mixed-income apartments with commercial space at Jackson Commons and a community recreation center. Developer: Urban Edge Status: Partially completed

  • More on these and future Jackson Square projects


Where is it?

The Jackson Square Redevelopment Area (map) is on both the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury sides of Columbus Avenue near its intersection with Centre Street. The Jackson Square MBTA station directly abuts portions of the redevelopment area.

Then and now

50 years ago, hundreds of homes and businesses were razed to make way for an 8-lane extension of I-95 that was planned to stretch from Roxbury Crossing to Dedham. The path of destruction cut right through the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Centre Street at Jackson Square.

In 2005, Jackson Square Partners (JPNDC, Urban Edge, The Community Builders and Hyde Square Task Force) was designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to redevelop this important crossroads between Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

  • Who’s there: Approximately 11,500 people live in the three census tracts (812, 813, 1205) that include Jackson Square. 44% are Latino, 32% are African-American, 18% are White and 6% are other races or multiracial.
  • What’s there: Jackson Square, like neighboring Hyde Square, is home to many Latino small businesses. Read “City Council approves move to name Boston’s Latin Quarter.” Large and small businesses are based here, ranging from Stop & Shop to Centre Tailor Shop, as well as a number of restaurants and the Martha Eliot Health Center.
  • What’s the history: Once a bustling center for industry and brewing, Jackson Square went into a downturn during the years of urban disinvestment and highway destruction. Now it’s coming back. See a timeline here.