Jackson Square Phase I Wins NCDF Community Development Award

Brown, Richardson & Rowe worked with a complex team of developers, neighborhood advocates, architects, urban designers, and engineers to create a phased master plan for the redevelopment of Jackson Square at the intersection of two diverse Boston neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.   BRR provided permitting support for Article 80/MEPA and Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC); designed the streetscape including sidewalks, furnishings, trees and plantings; designed public plazas adjacent to the new residential and retail buildings; designed a new active public park; two playgrounds and green roofs.

The 225 Centre Street development brings mixed-income apartments, retail space and over 40 new trees to Jackson Square.

This approximately 9.1 acre redevelopment will bring new life to the city blocks destroyed to make way for a planned extension of Interstate 95.  The redevelopment program integrates smart-growth, transit-oriented, green design principles to create a sustainable mixed-income, mixed-use community.

Eventually, this development proposes four new buildings adjacent to the Jackson Square Transit Station, as well as new parklands, streetscapes, and pedestrian connections that will knit together a neighborhood that has been affected by urban renewal demolitions and abandoned properties since the 1970’s.

225 Centre Construction
Construction is underway at the 225 Centre Street site.
Completion is slated for August 2013.

225 Centre Street is the first phase of this planning effort.  The site is located adjacent to the Jackson Square MBTA station.  The development consists of a new mixed-use/mixed-income building along with much needed improvements to the public realm.  The landscape improvements include a small semi-private seating area on-site for residents and new streetscape improvements (including paving, lighting, street trees) along Columbus Avenue and Centre Street.

In November 2008, the USGBC awarded a Silver rating to the Jackson Square Neighborhood Development Master Plan.  This Multi Use Transit Oriented development is the first ND certified project in the northeastern United States and the 18th in the world.

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