PHASE I: NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 690 HOMES

Replacing seven deteriorated buildings and strengthening a proud, resilient community

The Back Story

  • Between the late 1930s and early 1950s, the Heath Street and Bromley Park developments were constructed in Jamaica Plain, part of the federal government’s post-depression and post-WWII commitment to public housing.

  • Bromley-Heath has provided critical safety-net housing to thousands of Jamaica Plain families and a community that countless activists have worked to protect and improve. (For an example, read our JP & Me blog interview with leader Julia Martin.)

  • It was the first public housing development in the US to be managed by a tenant organization, the Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which operated from 1973 to 2012.

  • In 2015 Bromley-Heath was renamed the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in honor of the long-time leader of the TMC, who passed away in 2014.

  • Federal investment in public housing has declined relentlessly since the 1980s, leaving much of the MCHA in a dangerous state of disrepair. In 2014, the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) began actively pursuing partnerships with private developers as a strategy for funding needed renovations.

JPNDC and Centre Street Partners

  • JPNDC partnered with the TMC over two decades in projects including the Stop & Shop/Martha Eliot Health Center complex, Walden Community Garden, and the Julia Martin House.

  • In 2013 JPNDC began intensive community organizing to create a new tenant organization at Bromley-Heath and support the development of a diverse and representative group of resident leaders. See our 2014 video, “How we became tenant leaders”

  • Centre Street Partners was formed in 2017 by JPNDC, The Community Builders and Urban Edge (the same three groups leading the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative) to apply for BHA designation to redevelop the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments. Our designation was approved in August 2017.

  • MCHA is one of only two Boston public housing developments in the privatization process that are led by mission-driven organizations with deep community roots and commitments to maximizing benefits for low-income residents.

Our Goals

  • Serving the best interests of all residents of Mildred C. Hailey Apartments

  • Preserving all affordable units and creating new ones

  • An inclusive and transparent planning process

  • Leveraging the creation of market-rate units on site to support the redevelopment of existing affordable housing

  • Homes that are part of a broader neighborhood, where dividing lines are blurred and the MCHA is reconnected with the surrounding community.

Proposal

  • Our development plan was submitted to the BHA in 2017 as an initial concept that will be strengthened through an inclusive community process

  • Phase I calls for the replacement of seven residential buildings and the current Anna Mae Cole Community Center with 690 homes (see next) and a new Anna Mae Cole Community Center

  • A total of 690 new apartments would be created (253 to replace existing units for MCHA families, 167 new affordable units, 100 new moderate-income units, and 170 new upper-middle income units)

  • The new, centrally located Anna Mae Cole Community Center will serve as a resource for community and family use

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting has not been scheduled yet.

PROJECT TEAM
Developer: Centre Street Partners (JPNDC, The Community Builders, Urban Edge)
Lead developer: The Community Builders (TCB)
Architects: Stantec Architecture, DREAM Collaborative

Master Planning Landscape Architect: Ground, Inc
Engineering: Nitsch Engineering, McPhail Associates, Howard Stein Hudson
Valuation & Advisory Services Group
Legal: Klein Hornig LLP

PROCESS AND TIMELINE
  • 2018-2019: Community planning process
  • Five construction phases to maximize resident relocation on-site
  • Construction start: to be determined
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